Received An Inspirational Photo Essay Book "Go confidently in the direction of your dreams! Live the life you've imagined"
Sometimes, Christmas presents come a little early as i just received an early Christmas present from one of my long-time friends, Irene who gave this nice photo essay notebook to me. I like the wording printed on the book, such so inspirational! I am often encouraged by friends and well-wishers to "be myself" and I agreed that this is, no doubt, very good advice. But how do we know what "being ourselves" actually involves?
How do we know which of the many facets of our character constitutes the "real" us?
I have often thought that the best way to define a person's character would be to seek out the particular mental or moral attitude in which, when it came upon him / her, he / she felt himself most deeply and intensely active and alive. At such moments, there is a voice inside which speaks and says: 'This is the real me!' How does this work in practice?
At most of the times, i am never more active, never more serene, never more bright-eyed and never more alive than when i am doing photo shooting in a carefree way.
At such times, the "real" Jennifer - a lover of freedom, fresh air and open spaces - is revealed.
Many people do not think they have ever heard me speak so engagingly and with so much warmth and enthusiasm when it comes to photography.
I myself have also realised then that it is not the fame, nor the money nor the adulation that ultimately drives me, but rather a genuine, deep-rooted passion for photography.
It is my love of photography that truly defines me, that makes me feel most deeply and intensely active and alive.
I always imagine that every person reading my photography blog will be able to look inside themselves and identify that particular idea or mental attitude that makes them feel most invigorated and inspired. This, what i thought, is the thing that most clearly reveals their true selves. This thing - whatever it happens to be - cannot be suppressed or ignored, without great loss to the individual.
If our innermost being longs for wide-open spaces, yet we spend all our time cooped up in an office or an apartment, we will never feel fulfilled.
If we have the soul of an artist, but never make the time to be creative, we will live only half of a life.
I can well remember how happy and proud I felt when I finally formulated a set of ideas and ideals that were my own in photography; that had not been imposed upon me by someone else.
p/s: Special Thanks to my long-time friend, Irene who gave this nice inspirational photo essay notebook to me as Christmas gift this year, i like it very much! I wish you a merry & blessed Christmas ahead! Friends Forever :-)