Picture this!

Picture this! Imagine a time when you picked up a camera; perhaps it was bought for you, or maybe you purchased it yourself. It may have been back in the day of film photography (analogue photography) or more recently a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera. It may have been a simple point and shoot or something a little more complex. There are many makes and models to choose from. You take a few pictures which you think are pretty good (at the time). Your family and friends also tell you how much they like your pictures, and say things like “You should be a Photographer”. You are flattered naturally. You enjoy capturing moments in time, and at a certain point you think, “Hey, why not try my hand at Photography for real”. It could be fun, and who knows where it may lead? Does the scenario sound a little familiar with maybe a tweak here and there? This is how it sort of was for me.

I had always taken pictures, captured images and been mostly the one behind the lens. Capturing the holiday snaps, the children as they were growing up, the birthdays, the Christmases and any other what I thought were picture worthy occasions. In 2012 I purchased a really fabulous camera. A Canon 60d. I chose Canon because it was a make my Dad had liked and used. My Dad by the way was a a good amateur photographer in the days of film. He used to develop his own film as well. How clever is that! Anyway, getting back to my trusty Canon, the 60d was an excellent choice. It was I believe a mid entry level camera. I named it Penny Bright after a favourite childhood doll.  Actually, all my cameras both before and after the said 60d have been named Penny Bright. It was at this time that I left my former job and embarked on my photography journey for real.

Every journey begins with a single step! The step was taken and the journey began. Sometimes it’s about taking a leap of faith!

©  Liola Lee 2019

This post can also be seen on my website http://www.liolaphotographic.com where it was first posted yesterday. My photography journey has had ups and downs but I continue to love capturing anything that ignites my imagination. I plan on writing a few posts about my life behind the lens; the good, the bad and even the ugly. The image is of the equipment I had back in 2012.

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Malta

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© LiolaPhotographic 2019

Malta is a colourful city with many layers! Fabulous architecture, lovely people, and so much military history. I am currently trying to participate in this year’s NaNoWriMo so thought to post a picture here as a sort of filler to stay engaged with all you lovely people here on WordPress.

Beside the Sea…

A quick post to say hello to all of you in the world of words here in the blogosphere. I hope that you are all well, and that the Universe is being kind to you both in your personal lives and in your creative endeavours. I have not been on here much just lately as I am busy with the busyness of life away from my keyboard. Family matters are high on the agenda just now, and I find that my mind is elsewhere just because that is how it is. This is only temporary, and sometimes it is okay to step back. Sometimes that step back is thrown upon you with no warning, and sometimes it is a matter of choice. Either way it is okay. As I believe everything happens for a reason, I find that I am just taking everything in my stride, and know that I will deal with whatever the Universe sends my way. Everything that happens is a blessing or a lesson, sometimes both.

A couple of days and nights each week I am spending my time with my Mum in Tankerton, here on the South Eastern Coast. My sisters and I are here on a rotational shift basis as our Mum now needs us. She has always been there for us while we were growing up and as grown ups, though in the eyes of a parent you are always a child. Our roles have become reversed with us in the caring role, and our Mum being cared for. That said, her body may not be as strong as it once was, her mind however misses nothing and she remains astute and present.

So although, I am on slightly un-chartered territory just now, I have an opportunity to spend quality time with a truly precious and remarkable woman who has been instrumental in helping me grow into the woman I have become.  Time is the operative word here. Time is precious, and it is the one thing that once given, you can never get back so this time like all time  is to be treasured. Sometimes we forget just how precious a commodity it is. We forget to be grateful as we rush through life in our rush to get things done. Now for a couple of days during the week, I get to escape the roller coaster that is my life, and get to breathe in the sea air and take time out to think. I get to walk along the seafront and do a walking meditation in the mornings before breakfast. This morning, the sea was choppy, the wind  chilly, the sun shinning, and the dog walkers out in force. Cyclists, walkers, runners and meditators all finding their way along the sea path. Our paths are not always clear nor always straight but they are the paths that take us to where we are going. It’s always lovely to arrive at a lovely destination but how we get there is the adventure.

Anyway, I just thought to say hello. I hope you have a beautiful day and and wish something wonderful comes your way to make you smile, make you laugh and make you grateful.

Blessed be!

© Liola Lee 2019

Image captured is looking out to sea in Tankerton. Image was captured on my phone so is not great but you get a sense of tranquility and peace. 

 

 

 

Blog on!

When you suddenly come to the long overdue conclusion that you have actually  been doing this blogging thing all wrong! Or maybe going about it in the wrong way! Yep, that’s me! 100 % guilty of getting it arse about face as, in totally contrary to what is usual, expected or indeed logical. There is just no rhyme or reason to it, though I suppose there may be some rhyme as I have posted many poems here, and as for reason, well, I am still working on that one. Somehow under the ‘Blog’ heading, I have been placing all and sundry as my posts. Absolutely everything has been lumped together, and unceremoniously put out there for all the world to see, just how truly disorganised I am. Or maybe not all the world (slight exaggeration) but at least a few people here and there.

My Blog (I use the term loosely here), somehow says something about the utter chaos that is my life. I have followed no rules nor have I had any sort of plan on  exactly what I specifically want to achieve. I have merely presented various pieces of writing haphazardly with no due care or attention, and have simply gone full speed ahead and thought ‘damn the torpedoes’. To be totally honest, I just have n’t had a clue, not the foggiest really. I have admired many beautifully crafted Blogs on here but have so  far not managed to really create something truly worthy, at least not in my eyes. I am not talking about the actual ‘writing’ etc that I have put up but the way that I have presented it. Perhaps the eclectic mix of writing is a reflection of the eclectic mix of me.

I have been flitting about from one theme to another, not really knowing what I was aiming for, or maybe knowing a bit but then changing my mind because it just was not working, and not quite what I wanted. Maybe I am overthinking everything! I do have a tendency to do that sometimes, many times. I finally worked out how the ‘categories’ tab works whoopee! Also, a lovely fellow Blogger advised me to reduce the amount of tags I was using, and how to make better use of tagging in order to get more people seeing what I was posting. There are some really great people on here who are always happy to help and guide, which I find truly encouraging. And that’s the thing, I had thought about shutting it all down, and holding my hands up in defeat but I am not yet ready to be beaten by this Blog thing I have entered into. Not just yet! I will keep going. It’s almost a year since I joined, and I have connected with some beautiful souls here in the Blogosphere.

So all I can say is ‘Blog on!’

© Liola Lee 2019