2.21.2010

on inspiration, driving, thinking and handel




do you ever see work of other photographers that moves and inspires you to the point of wanting to try the same type of photo? i often do, and a recent example is the inspiration that led me to take the above shot tonight.

i had recently seen two photos that i adore... this one and this one... and found them moving and beautiful beyond words. i've tried to take a shot like these before, but never achieved something quite as effective as theirs. but oh how i like road shots like these. in fact, i recently discovered a whole series of these kinds of shots on flickr from this photographer. i LOVE his work!

well, as i drove home from the baby shower and from visiting another friend {as long as i was in the area }, i had plenty of time to think. but i quickly found myself thinking too much... of things from big and heavy to small and insignificant. i then realized that i needed to turn on the radio and try to not think so much for a bit... just drive.

how pleased was i when my ears met the sounds of handel coming from the speakers. i often underestimate just how beautiful and moving his music is when i have not heard it in a while. i tend to gravitate toward the classical and romantic periods of the classical music genre, and thus the reason mendelsohn, schubert and brahms are my three favorite composers.

but when i hear handel {like the concerto in b-flat major for organ and orchestra that i heard tonight }, i start to rethink my favorites line-up. gosh, i'm a sucker for that kind of beautiful organ music {not the heavy, brooding stuff }. it was just what i needed for a snowy drive home that would have otherwise been filled with the many things that have been on my mind.

well, as i type, the snow is coming down quickly and is supposed to amount to between eight and twelve inches. after two sunny, warm days last week, i almost forgot it was winter. but winter has a way of reminding us when we forget. still... one month from today is the first full day of spring. i'll be counting down the days... of that i am sure.

11 comments:

Kim Klassen said...

just saw these on flickr...and had to come see them and read your wonderful words here....

sooo cool... really wonderful...

i'm going to check out your links... i may have to try this!

xxo, kim

p.s. 8-12 inches... yeesh... enough already.. haha...

S. Etole said...

it's fun to see you trying new things ... and enjoying your drive

Seyhan said...

mm.. I've been following this blog quite some time but this the first time i comment.. you take lovely pictures, and I envy you how you write the matching words to it. it is amazing,really :)

I got really inspired by the picture in the post; ''on inspiratin, drving,thinking and handel'' and I used it on one of my own posts and really hope you don't mind. I can change the picture, if you are against it

CDScott said...

I like your shot. Fun to try new things. Thanks for sharing your Flickr finds too.

margie said...

happens all the time, i will see a photo and think, i can do that. and often i try, not always with success but always with an outcome.

georgia b. said...
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georgia b. said...

thank you, seyhan. i'm honored that you used my photo, and i don't mind at all.

thank you for including a credit. and thank you so much for you kind words that you left here.

slommler said...

I love the photo!! I know what you mean about driving and thinking...too much! Music helps you center. I don't know if I could do Handel though...Mozart yes!! LOL!!
Hugs
SueAnn

mrs mediocrity said...

Great shot. I love Schubert (and Mozart). Both are great to listen to during creative/introspective time. Also Henryk Gorecki, His Symphony No. 3 is sad—but profound...

Oliag said...

I admire how you are always challenging yourself in your photography...and you are always creative with what you choose to do...that is what keeps drawing me back here:)....and I LOVE Thai food...
xo

Kara said...

Love those shots - and cool colors!!