We are half-way through PADE and it seems like yesterday we were planning for a photo challenge named PADE. Time flies! But I do feel there’s nothing else I’ve been doing all my life than taking photos (ahem!)
I have used my cameras in the last 5 weeks more than I probably have in my whole life. Or let me calculate it meticulously – I have used my DSLR Nikon D7100, Nikon Coolpix L100, iPad and Phone more than any photo taking device used by my family and me combined in our lives!!!
I have been carrying around my camera everywhere and art is easy to spot when I’m looking for it. I would have loved to share some serious art but this particular street art is special to me. It makes me laugh. And art rarely makes me laugh!
I came across this work of art near Samyang Black Sand beach in Jeju, South Korea and clicked it using my husband’s iPhone5. There were many other interesting artworks there but none was as funny as this! I mean art usually makes me think but not always smile. And I love things and people who make me smile 🙂
On another note, I used to be a very creative, artistic person – always had millions of ideas. I was academically inclined and also excelled in extra-curricular activities. But then the Indian Education System took over and I slowly had to let go of all of my hobbies.
Now, more than a decade later, I am trying to reignite those passions – setting those creative energies free. It is thrilling but also intimidating. I’m finally doing something that makes me happy.
I may not always get a perfect stroke while painting or choose the best word in my writing or click the best photo but I’m trying. And in all this I can say I’m finding my true self with each new day.
It is sometimes difficult to see people who have pursued their passions and are working in their dream jobs while I’m just starting out. I feel so far behind. But it’s never too late to start something new.
Whenever I compare myself to an artist of some sort (which I rarely do) I remind myself that I am on a journey. I will reach my destination someday and everyone starts at the same point. Ralph Waldo Emerson said it best:
Every artist was first an amateur.
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1. In a post meant for this challenge, post an image (new or old) that showcases “Art”.
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5. The theme for tomorrow is “Bliss”.