For my birthday I received a camera. The idea was that it would be used for my blog but since I’ve got it, I’ve not been able to put it down. I thought it would make things more practical and I was so excited to improve my blog photography but actually, it’s changed a lot more than that.
On Sunday I had a pretty normal day in terms of what I’d normally do but it was completely different to how I’d normally feel. Of course, you get to that point on a Sunday where you think ew, but apart from that, it’s been a wonderful day. I spent my day, camera in hand, capturing moments that I’d normally be oblivious to. As a result, I experienced intense gratitude and got a solid reminder that whatever is happening in the world or in life generally, there is beauty to be seen if you look for it.
I have a brother who is three and a sister who is ten. When Charlie and I returned from our usual weekend Starbucks trip, he and my brother played together whilst my sister and I watched, chilled out, and I took photographs. I sat with my camera and I waited. I waited for the moments that I wanted to hold onto – the moments of eye contact, laughter, silliness – and there were loads. My brother playing in the garden, with water, with cars. My favourite of all though – if you’re in a relationship, you’ll appreciate this – that look your partner gives you from across the room; it’s like a form of communication between the two of you and only you know what it means. It’s a look that says everything you need to know, without saying anything at all.
It’s pretty safe to say that my weekends won’t be spent scrolling through Twitter and Instagram anymore – they will be full of random snaps of those powerful moments: the moments I’d usually miss.