Thursday, February 2, 2012

A Photo-Heart Connection



 This is the first of a monthly photo-heart connection over at The Kat Eye studio
where we can share that one photo we had the strongest connection to
within this last month. No rules of technicality, just emotion.
 Kat explains a little of her process for choosing her photo here.

The photo I chose was actually taken the week before the new year when after Christmas we took a day
trip to San Antonio to see some of the missions. As always, the family goes on ahead while I linger with
with my camera, fully present in the moment and as they will tell you with no sense of time at all.
And that would be true!

 


I found myself lingering at this spot for a while, and at first without my camera to my eye. I was completely
drawn in to this spot, captivated by the light, wondering where it lead and what was just beyond these stairs? I felt a whisper of the past and a pull to the future and it was as if these stairs bridged the two.

The light in this image reminds me that I'm recognizing my own light, becoming more aware and less afraid of it. I know that may sound strange, but I have always had difficulty with this and my camera has been instrumental in helping me find that light - no pun intended! ; )   The gate reminds me that what can protect can also bind. And the stairs, well those stairs seem to connect it all together . . . solid but worn. They connect the past with the future allowing me a glimpse of how far I've come and the anticipation of where I am going. It's there, just beyond my reach . . . I see it!! And I no longer want to stand behind the gate. 
Love, Kim
XO



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35 comments:

Jaymi said...

beautiful stairs!

Janet Bocciardi said...

Kim - I love your openness. Funny how this happens, but yesterday I was looking at my Art Quilts magazine and there was a group that had a challenged called "The Space Between." This photo is your space between.
Love ya

Kathryn Dyche Dechairo said...

I love the play of dark to light and the way in which it's all connected. It's definitely one of those images that draws you in and makes you stop, pause and reflect a while. I love your interpretation of it, beautiful.

tiarastantrums said...

it is quite a beautiful spot for a photo

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Very good photo.

Regards and best wishes

Susan said...

How neat...

Mary said...

Beautiful photo and compelling description...

Andrea Dawn said...

Beautiful photo, Kim. I love your telling of what it means to you. I often find that the shot I am drawn to tells me something about myself that I maybe was not fully aware of. Pictures have a way of articulating some things that words just fail to do. Great post!

Leanne said...

Lovely, Love the light at the top of the stairs, just beautiful.

Kathy said...

WOW...so simple, yet so interesting. And gorgeous light too. I think that is the perfect trifecta girl!

esra said...

Such a great image. Love the gate and how stairs fade into that beautiful light. I loved your connection to it and how you said you recognized your own light. It's such a wonderful connection.

Patrice said...

Great photo. When I first saw it it made me think restriction, but when I looked again, I wondered what was being protected by the gate. There are so many ways to approach viewing a scene or photo, and many have to do with your mood or frame of mind at the time.Have a good end of the week!

Tracy said...

Kim, what a revelation of that photo and the space it represents...very neat!

gina said...

Your image is lovely, and so are the words you use to explain your connection. I love stairs too, so this was especially meaningful for me. Thank you.

La Principessa Errante said...

Love both your words and this photo for your heart-photo connection, really, really love the light in this shot. There is something magical about missions. I think it is because they really are the oldest buildings in our West and southwest culture, they hold a sense of time that you just don't get anywhere else.

Cathy H. said...

I think I would have been right there standing with you! This image has such a beautiful combination of light, texture and such a touch of mystery!! Love your thoughts. I need to come out from behind the gate more!!

nancyjean said...

such a peaceful photo. I love your words about connecting the past to the future...so true! This jouney looks like it will be amazing!

Deborah L. Tisch said...

I loved reading this! I understand how photography helps you learn about your self...it continues to do that for me.

This is a great photo-heart connection!

Tamara said...

the photo...your words...your connection...wonderful! i love the light at the top of the stairs...it leads me to thinking about all the possibilities in the future. between the gate, the stairs and the light there could be so many interpretations...what a cool photo!

Deb Medina said...

Kim - I want to go past the gate, too. I see stairs like that, gated off, and I wonder about all the feet that once climbed them. Were they light or heavy footed? Can't wait to see and read your next connections.

Marvett Smith said...

Love your words and the image. Gorgeous!

Nadege, said...

I can see why you where drawn there.
A lovely photo with wonderful DOF and composition as well as fantastic lighting.

Photography is a lot more than just taking pictures.

lorik said...

Beautiful soft, subtle colour and texture. I like the light too - and enjoyed reading your description. I would like to explore that stairway.

Wanda said...

And, while it might interesting to see what is at the top of the stairs, we don't want to get there too soon because there's also much enjoyment in the journey itself.

Becs said...

Beautiful image, that light is just gorgeous. Love your words too.

Kat Sloma said...

Oh, fantastic Photo-Heart Connection Kim! I connect with this at so many levels... the beautiful photo, full of textures and contrast. And your words! Such wonderful imagery created in your words. I can see why you feel a heart connection with this. I do to!

Elsie said...

Wgat a intrigued picture

lisa said...

This is a beautiful photograph Kim, and what a wonderful photo-heart connection!

Juli said...

Hi, Kim, visiting through Kat's Photo-heart connection. What a beautiful photograph! And, I love what you've written. The whole piece is very poetic to me, and so beautiful. Have a wonderful day!

Paula said...

I could see myself lingering here; you've captured it beautifully. Gorgeous, gorgeous, lighting, and I just want to climb those stairs, to see what there is to see.

Katherines Corner said...

wow I love Kat's photo. Thank you for sharing it with us. Thank you for your bloggy friendship and participation in the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop linky party xo

deb duty said...

Lovely image and beautiful words to go along with it.

Cheryl Flatt said...

Beautiful image...the light draws me in. Those worn stairs was great. I can see the past and present merging in this one image. Your analogy between the light on the stairs and the light within you is powerful.

Connie Smiley said...

Like you, Kim, I could just stare at the stairs. Great photo!

Irene said...

Not only is your photo stunning but in it you saw much to reflect upon. There is so much wisdom and self appreciation in your words.

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