There’s a beautiful story about photographer Harry Callahan‘s deep and abiding love for his wife, Eleanor who died in February of 2012. Harry made portraits and photographs almost daily of Eleanor – his beloved subject – over the course of 50 years. After Eleanor’s death, a friend of Harry’s was quoted:
"She was an additional f-stop on his lens. Through her, he saw form and structure more clearly, both in nature and in the world. She was present in his photographs even when she wasn’t in them."
The “additional” f-stop for me is a metaphor for the awareness of form plus the interaction with your creative spirit. The additional f-stop can arise from anyone or any thing. I experience it so infrequently, but when I do, its magic is a remarkable art form.
Stephen Covey also says,
Creativity is not reserved for artists alone. The additional f-stop is within each of us waiting for the right moment. In my opinion, it wants only two conditions to show up:
1) For us to “Adjust the Lens of Life”: As we become more aware of who we are, what we see and how that influences the way we interact in the world, we are able to bloom and prosper. We become nicer, happier people. We do better things in the world.
2) For us to feed it: Giving into and following creative impulses when they strike - and you must be willing to be open to it at its whim - brings more opportunity for its amazing potential.
I hope in some small way, my photographs coupled with the ocassional few choice words inspire you toward a path of awareness, your own creative spirit, and happy living.