I have mentioned in a previous post how I wanted to focus on my gifts, and putting my mind to it while taking advantage of the current work situation that I have has allowed me to do so. So far, I am still serving with my church’s music team, albeit in a measured way, and that’s about the only way I truly wish to use my gift in music. I am also making a conscious effort to write, and I have settled into a comfortable rhythm in which I write about my Christian journey on “Faithful Fridays”, and have a more casual and freeform writing on Tuesdays.
And then there’s visual arts. Ideally, I would love to be able to produce a finished drawing (read: inked and colored) once or twice a month at least, but I have so far found an alternate outlet: photography.
Ever since I started on my new job on the graveyard shift, I took joy in the opportunity to be able to see the sunrise. It helped that for a time, my assigned location had a lovely view of the east —
I was also able to execute a shot that I have always dreamed of doing: raindrops on the window.
5:49 a.m. — while I am biased toward hot and sunny days, the #rain has been welcome in providing dark and overcast skies to help my sleep along in the graveyard shift. “Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name. I will praise You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And I will glorify Your name forevermore.” Psalms 86:11-12 NKJV #morning #rainyday #raindrops
(All I need now is listen to a Jesus Culture song to become That Christian Girl 😛 )
As of the past two weeks however, my work location can no longer provide me with an ideal vista for the morning sunrise —
I then realized: I have made the “sunrise shot” into a habit. It has become part of my weekday routine. While I do not spend so much time composing my shot, I still want to be able to present something visually pleasing. I have to admit that I am not quite pleased with shots like the above, not to mention that that window has been in a sorry state of filthiness as of late that any resulting picture is unacceptable.
So I decided to look for my shots elsewhere. During an Uber ride home, I decided to just whip out my phone and record some of the vistas I came across. It was a challenge in itself as I just cannot ask the driver to stop in the middle of the highway so that I could disrupt traffic just to get my Perfect Shot. But I would like to believe that I am on to something. It started with a sunset shot in Laguna on May 15 —
And recently on June 4 —
Realistically, I cannot take the Uber every single day both ways as I do not want to rack up my expenses. An opportunity presented itself when I decided to take the train home, and I admit, I am quite pleased with the result —
I wanted to take pictures of the sunrise for as long as I could — and looks like I have reached the end of that “era”, as it were. I do not feel quite ready to drop the habit just yet, so I thought that I would take on a new challenge as a move on from the sunrise series: I will now launch myself into a new series, “morning commute.”
Thematic picture-taking aside, I have also come to accept photography as an outlet, and as a visual art expression. I have been told that I have an eye for photography, but I held back in practicing it, as I felt that “everyone can take pictures”. Then I realize that not everyone can be bothered with composition or bothering to make their pictures generally pleasing. Granted, I am not equipped with a (D)SLR and I am simply armed with an iPhone 5, but I aim to provide the best shots that I can, and I am willing to learn.
That said, I am not giving up on drawing. There are ideas floating around in my head, and I hope to work my way into making them into reality. I miss the satisfaction of completing a drawing, the therapeutic strokes of pencils, and having the images in my head take shape on paper.
For now, I will simply allow my surroundings speak to me and enchant me, as I chronicle my days and be thankful for each morning I live to see.