Monday, January 24, 2011

Pursuing The Art

Sunset 5

I’ve been a writer for a long time. I  just  haven’t always pursued the art. By that, I mean I haven’t, until recent years, set out to learn about the craft of writing. I took a lesson from my husband on learning the craft.

When we were first married WB got an old camera off of eBay, a Hasselblad. Suddenly, he was taking pictures everywhere. Studying lighting, angles, and even developing his own film in our little bathroom. 

Sunset 1

He read books on photography, he joined photography forums, and scoured the internet for any information he could find. We spent our weekends trekking across the state to take pictures of wildflowers, festivals, and wildlife. Many times I found myself up before dawn so we could make sure we were in place when the suns first rays framed landscapes in an ethereal light. This was before digital photos and all the photoshopping that is available to us now.

He dabbled in portraits, taking senior pictures in our small town along with being present at all sporting events for pictures. He started to make some money off of his art. He was even published several times in Texas Highways. Published, a place I would love to have been as a writer, which brings me back to my art of writing.

I’d been writing this whole time, even taking some classes here and there, but I still wasn’t pursuing it. I was teaching and then having babies.  I was pursuing being the best mother possible and wife as well. I wrote when I got around to it, and many times I wrote without direction.

So fast forward and here I am. I’ve learned that if I want to be a serious writer I have to learn the craft. I’m getting there. I’ve had a few stories published in a women’s journal and I have a newspaper column. I think I can finally say I’m pursuing the art. My husband, I have to say, has been a terrific role model for me. Showing me that you can have a full-time job and still have time to pursue the art in your off time.

So it is with much pride that I share with you WB’s new photography blog.  It’s a place where he can share his art, maybe even sell some of his work. He has pursued digital photography with the same passion as he did film. And I have to admit, I’m so glad I don’t have to share my shower with trays and strips of film hanging everywhere anymore.

I’d love for you to go check out his blog.

How do you pursue your art?

7 comments:

Aimee said...

I'll definately check out his blog...I love looking at all the pictures he takes!

T. Anne said...

How awesome that he's pursuing his passion as well! My husband loves photography, it's his whole world sometimes. I think a blog of his own is a great idea!

Cassandra Frear said...

I try to write every day, or almost. I also try to look at something inspiring or beautiful or artistically interesting every day. It makes a difference!

Pat's Place said...

I think you both have pursued your art very well. Each of you have gone about it in different ways and that is okay, too! Keeping at it is the important thing!

Terri Tiffany said...

I envy those who take beautiful pictures. If I didn't write, I would be a photographer. I persue my writing by reading books on it, going to conferences and writing as much as I can.

Nancy said...

Oh my,those pictures are gorgeous. I especially love the first windmill and the first swooping bird. I think you have done very well, knowing that your priority has been your family/children. I wish success for you as you take your writing further.

Kara said...

Thanks everyone for the sweet comments!