I am a huge fan of winter. I embrace it not because of the cold but more because of the opportunities that it presents. Opportunities to see nature, to see God’s great creation on your own canvass (through your own eyes), to experiment more with your camera gear and most important to meet people. I have always believed that relationships were the key to any successful endeavour and to your dreams. One of my most favourite authors of all time Paulo Coelho, the author of the Alchemist has a quotation and says it simply,
“The most important thing in all human relationships is conversation, but people don’t talk anymore, they don’t sit down to talk and listen. They go to the theater, the cinema, watch television, listen to the radio, read books, but they almost never talk. If we want to change the world, we have to go back to a time when warriors would gather around a fire and tell stories.”
So I called my good friend and nature/outdoor photographer Janice Johnson to come along and shoot some outdoor photos in the middle of -12ºC weather with intermittent snow flakes on a dull but gloomy Sunday morning. This was probably the best lighting conditions to shoot in but the most important aspect was the “Wonderland” it created from pursuing a passion. Planted inside each of us are dormant seeds of passion eager to germinate, but like all seeds, they will only grow in the right environment. The only path by which these seeds of passion can receive life is through our senses. Exposure to the correct elements is essential for the seed to release the passion within it.
In this case exposure to a winter environment had released my passion for storytelling and how lucky I was able to shoot and script a scene in my own backyard. As well the opportunity to sit down at the campfire with some mates sharing a hot chocolate was “more than words can say, but worth more that money can buy”
As I leave my weekly journal for today and I travel to somewhere much warmer next week I always think about this quote: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” ~ Paulo Coelho. Keep following your dreams people.