I have a large folder of quotes which I read from time to time. Most of them are uplifting or inspirational and remind me to ‘keep on, keeping on.’ I keep adding to the file whenever I come across a new one (quote) I like.
Inside yourself or outside,
you never have to change what you see,
only the way you see it.
This quote (above) reminded me not to forget why I loved this image of an Australian Pelican at Melbourne Zoo – made on 1st August 2012 (below).
In hindsight, now, 8 years later, I can see the outline/detail of the bird’s feathers is soft in focus and these days it just wouldn’t be worth keeping (by today’s photography standards I have acquired).
But the reality is that I loved the reflection and colours in the foreground/background and it was one of the first Australian Pelican images I took, so I try not to be so critical, but keep my eyes open to why I love bird photography in general.
I keep it because it reminds me of how much fun I had/have doing bird photography and that joy is well worth keeping in my life today.
It’s also a reminder that we don’t have to be perfect in our various creative pursuits whether it be painting, pottery, drawing, craftworks etc. We just have to enjoy it in that very moment of creation and open our eyes to the pleasure in doing what we love.