Moments in Time

I’ve been spending a lot of time watching and photographing birds lately, just not enough. But I’m working on that.

On the surface of it, the two pastimes might seem pretty much the same, but as with most things, it gets more complicated the more you think about it. Watching birds in a purposeful way is a solitary pleasure even when you’re not alone. It’s like Zen but with binoculars–an appreciation of the fleeting moment, the now. A photograph, on the other hand, freezes the moment forever, or at least until your hard drive crashes, and unless you’re mysterious about it, the whole point of taking pictures is to share them with other people.

One is relaxing and peaceful. The other one can be frustrating, even infuriating, but also very rewarding as long as you stick it out long enough. I’m guessing you know which is which. They are of course related, but also completely different. Turns out I like them both.

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Alegría in Spain

Is there anything as red as the red of a poppy? I don’t think so. Here are some of my favourite poppy images from years past. Springtime in Spain is a splash of vivid colour, a welcome touch of alegría

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Welcome to the Barrio

Two weeks ago, we were relieved to regain the freedom of being able to leave our apartment and go for a walk, as long as it wasn’t far from home. With not much else allowed, however, there was nothing else to do but enjoy strolling around and admire the outside world. It was lovely.

I don’t think I’ve ever looked as intently at the architecture in my neighbourhood of Chamberí, Madrid. Such a spectrum of styles. Some of the buildings are Continue Reading →

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Spain, Indoors

I believe that positivity–or negativity, for that matter–is a choice. I think. Maybe, who knows. But I like to believe that it’s a choice because it feels positive to think that, so I guess it must be true then, right? It puts me in mind of a quote from Jon Kabat-Zinn, which I heard from a friend a while ago. “You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”

So, not being able to go outside to take pictures, I took pictures inside. I wasn’t going to post them but after mentioning it to a friend, he asked to see them. He was so positive and supportive and he also said they inspired him to take his camera into his garden and he spent an enjoyable, relaxing hour or so being creative.

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