Lines, depth, lighting, texture, these all are a part of photography. Over the past couple months I have been taking photos of my surroundings and making memories that I can share with people back home. Most of the time, I just flick on the camera on my phone, snap a couple meaningless pictures and call it good. Later when I go back through them, I realize I took a couple good pictures and post them for all to see. Recently, I came to the realization that I have taken many images and only post the ones that I think are good or presentable. I'm not saying that all photos should be posted, but we have those imperfections and random pieces that can mean the world to someone else. When I went home for the Communicators for Christ Conference, I had the chance to see some friends. They thanked me for posting pictures and told me they weren't stalking me, but just wanted to make sure I was having a great time on my journey.
I went on a walk one morning and went through some woods and as I was walking I decided to take out my camera and document some memories. I saw the sun through the leaves and branches on the trees. The crispy, darkened leaves on the forest floor caught my attention. I saw so many images that I wanted to save and keep, but I didn't want to just take some pictures, like I would normally; I wanted to be intentional. I took some photos from different angles. I captured the experiences from the curves in the tree branches, the fallen tree stumps, the bark of the old forest. As I walked I realized that I don't always need to create the big picture for everyone; I can catch the images of the small details that may not seem like much. Those details are what make up the larger picture for all to see.
They say a picture is worth 1000 words, but what would happen if I took more pictures of the smaller things?
//Cora Halbach//2016 Ambassador