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What I Am Passionate About...

Each capture is a snapshot into someone else’s world. And it’s powerful, to hold the very things in your hands that someone else once cherished. Moments, people, great loves, celebrations, the little pieces that make up someone’s life. The privilege of granting you access into these lives is not one that should be taken lightly. Or at least I don’t think it is. You become a keeper of these moments, even though they were not originally yours, and as keeper your responsibility is consideration. Who were these people? Where was this landscape? Why was this moment so special to someone? Because the people of the past are just like you...they were people. They had a home, they loved someone, they had friends, they had favorite things to do on weekends. To me, these old photographs are a reminder that life is simple and the things that are truly important are universal to us all. So I take a minute to stop and consider the lady in the floral dress or the picturesque lake that someone captured so pristinely. They will live on a bit through me and as I consider them, hopefully it will remind me to take better notice of those around me in the present. 

The Blogging Your Way Bootcamp e-course presented me with the question: What are you passionate about? I decided to tackle the question in a post and share one of my many passions. Photographs are some of my most cherished possessions including vintage ones of people I don't know and places I've never been. I scrounge antique stores for them. I dig out old family albums for them. They inspire me. They make me think about the past and history and how things from long ago can still be relevant in my life, in everyone's lives. What are you passionate about? Does history inspire your creative spirit just like me? Do you also collect old photographs of people you don't know and places you've never been?

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I scour estate sales and thrift stores for old handcrafted items like tatted snowflakes, glittery, sequined ornaments, embroidered pillowcases, etc. I think of the women who made them and what their lives were like. I appreciate the time, love and talent put into each one. I used to see these crafts as a dying art until I started following blogs like yours and realized these crafty ladies are alive and well!

October 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterAmy

I often come across piles of old snap shots in op-shops and antique stores. Although they are fascinating and it's fun to imagine the circumstances surrounding each image, it's also sad that this is where they end up. I always wonder how they came to be discarded. Was there no one left to treasure them? Didn't they care? So sad.

October 24, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterRosie

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