“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
I’m spending a few days now in Washington, DC….not working, just getting some much needed rest and being “the wife” as my husband slaves away conducting performances at Kennedy Center. (In case you’re in town, here is the schedule for the New York City Ballet performances.)
Even though the sky was gray today, the temperatures were warm and the rain held off. Which gave me the perfect opportunity to take these shots…
Every once in a while as I’m travelling around the city, I look at people around me and then imagine them gone. (And, no, I’m not doing this on crowded subway trains when I’m wishing for an empty seat!) Macabre as it sounds, this little shift in perspective usually leaves me with a sense of compassion and purpose.
Say a few more “I love you’s.”
Take the time to just listen.
Share a laugh.
Celebrate baby steps.
(And sympathize with the falls.)
Hold on to something dearly.
And know when to let go.
And, that I believe, is what makes the ride truly meaningful.
To be honest, when I started working on this post I had all intentions of making it about pixie haircuts. In particular, I thought I’d show off my new ‘do and how it suits my face. However, the only photo that looked somewhat decent was this one…
And, I think that we can all agree that this picture has little FACE in it.
The problem is, I’m not very photogenic. Point a camera at me and I either start clowning around, or I try to look nice…which invariably causes the person behind the camera (these days, it’s my husband) to look up in exasperation and say, “Don’t make faces!” (You can imagine what that does for my confidence level.)
So after taking 54 self-timed portraits and coming up with nothing (except for the “glamour” shot above), I Googled “How to Look More Photogenic” and came up with this interesting video on the Huffington Post by New York based Photographer Peter Hurley.
I actually watched all 15 minutes while practicing my “squinch.” Now of course the light outside is too dark for me to see if this new technique improves my photographs. But I’m hopeful. Watch out, Elite Model… here I come!