So What’s in a Word

This Month I have been taking a picture a day (Okay, I forgot a couple of days) from a list of subjects given for each day.  It has been so much fun trying to think outside the box for each subject.  Today’s subject:

A WORD

I have not thought much about What’s in a word.  And then I realized that words are powerful.  And there can be so many ways to interrupt a word even when it has only so many meaning listed in a dictionary.  Or maybe I should say that last sentence this way.  There are so many different ways to “Feel” a word even when it has only so many meanings.  And so my WORD today is…..Wait for it….

N A M A S T E

Nama – Bow

As – I

Te - You

“Bow Me You”

More Westernized – The Divine Light in Me Honors the Devine Light in You.

As a Christian who deeply believes in my One God in Heaven, who is Divine in my eyes, this word stirs deep feeling within me.  Is it okay for the God in me to bow to a God in you?  Certainly I could say that there is no way that I will bow to you because I only bow to my One God.

You see, how far could I let myself go down this road of “Justification”?  So I stop myself right there.  This is what this word means to me.

  • It is an opportunity to say that I honor and respect you.
  • In my travels to India, it was an opportunity to say Thank You for taking care of me.
  • At the end of my Yoga practice it is an opportunity to say, if only in my mind, that I wish for my One God to bless each of you and hold you.

Namaste to EACH of you who have stopped by to spend time with me in my Blog.

 

 

A Wishing Tree in a Sacred Place

There are just a few places that I consider Sacred to me.

Places where

  • I hear the word of God
  • Where my creative thoughts flow
  • And where I am able to stop long enough to fully understand what is most important to me in my life.

This past weekend I was blessed to spend three days at one of those places.  There is a “Wishing Tree” at this place where I was able to write down what I wished for my wife and girls.  Those wishes will stayed tied to the branches of the tree until New Years Eve and then they will be set free in ashes of celebration in the Mid-night bon fire.

 

My Beloved:  My wish for you is PEACE in Your Everyday

My Amazing Princess:  My wish for you is for You to grow to become a CONFIDENT woman

My Beautiful Child:  My wish for You is KNOWLEDGE.  Your six-year-old mind is so amazing.

My Innocent Spirit:  My wish for You is for You to never lose your CHILD-LIKE WONDER

Getting a Roll of Black & White Film Back is like Christmas

There is something special about Black and White film.  For me it sharpens the focus, simplifies the
subject and pushes me to slow down.  Here are six photos from my latest roll.  I hope you enjoy them.

The World is at HER Door Step

I find such great inspiration from the young people I
photograph.  Ms Anwuli is no
exception.  She is bright, loving, and
full of smiles and has a great soul to offer the world.  Take a look at her photos and see her soul
smiling through.

The two Hardest Shoots I have done to date – And for VERY different reasons

What will someone think of me?

What will it be like to photography a man that is dying?

First, what will someone think of me?

I think I have stated that one of my favorite authors on photography is Chris Orwig.  One of my Christmas presents is his latest
Book “People Pictures, 30 Exercises for creating authentic photographs”.  Well I knew I was in trouble when the very
first exercise was to take 10 portraits of the same person in 10 minutes with natural light only.

So I am sitting at my favorite coffee shop this past Friday afternoon and in walks this stately woman that I have never seen before.  Immediately
I know she is the one that I must take the 10 portraits of in 10 minutes.  But I just sit there, rooted in my risk, unable to move.  She gets her tea and
starts in on her writing and I know that if I procrastinate long enough she will leave.

Finally I just get up and ask her for a favor and she agrees to have her portrait take by me.  So I run out to the car, throw on my 50mm lens and walk back in and sit in front of her.  By this time I am sweating up a storm but I just start talking with her about who she is.  Even before I took my first shot, I knew she was a beautiful soul.  12 shots later and 10 minutes full of conversation, I thank Jackie for her conversation and head back to my table.

What will people think of me?  Not just Jackie, but all those in the coffee shop watching me.
That doesn’t matter now that my risk paid off in giving me great conversation, in meeting a beautiful soul of a person, gaining great photos and
giving me that much more confidence for next time.

What will it be like to photograph a dying man?

An hour later, I am standing in the ICU of a hospital to photograph a man and his wife as the two of them are anointed before God.
While he knew what was going on, he was unable to talk to us or really open his eyes but for one fleeting moment.

I photographed their children’s baby dedication 4 months ago.  This dedication lead the two of them to study for baptism.  But the cancer cut his time
short and so an improvised baptism was held for the two of them in his ICU room.

Prayer for the two of them is mostly what has been running through my lately.  If you all are willing, I ask that you pray
for them and their three small children.

The two hardest shoots, one built on MY risk, the other built on a losing battle of life.

My risk so pales in the comparison.

 

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