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On Being Unraveled

  • March 8, 2018
  • By MaggieLovesOrbit
On Being Unraveled

It’s mid afternoon and I haven’t made the bed.  It’s laundry day and so the bed is as it was when we woke up.

The two puppies took this as their temporary playground … and a morning work out session of tumble and bitey face assumed.

I was able to capture a few of the moments that they were still enough for my camera.  The other 782 photos are blurry.

Two boston terrier puppies playing early in the morning

I’ve been uninspired and stuck in a rut with my personal photography.  It just wasn’t exciting me.

And the impromptu photo session this morning brought me back home.

For a while the photos I was taking had drifted to “what to post for the gram” and inside I felt unsettled but I could not put my finger on it.

And then today I remembered, the style of photos that I liked to take were those that were not planned.  Those moments in-between.

The kind of photos that tell a story.

So that when I looked at them I’d remember that time of day, that small, somewhat obscure thing that was happening … and reflect on what I was feeling.

Two dogs playing at home

I’d always been that way as a photographer.  I preferred when I was invisible and people couldn’t see me … so that they wouldn’t notice the camera – so that I could try to capture that hidden emotion that the eyes could see and the shutter would document.

And if I think back to those early days in taking photos of Maggie (before Orbit) that was the spirit of what I posted as well.

Somewhere along the way I forgot that element of my style and resorted to quick lazy poised photos.

As honored as I am that the account has grown I’ve also given my energy away by not being true to what drives and inspires me.

I know what I don’t want.  Is I don’t want to anthropomorphize my dogs.  It’s not how we live our lives with them.  And doing so isn’t fair to them or respectful to the wonderful species that they are.

At no time do I ever want to put my dogs in a situation that isn’t natural to their dogginess.

It’s the fact that they are dogs that make them amazing.  They’re not a prop for me to dress up and take photos of.

Fifteen years from now … when these photos are all I will have … I want to remember the stories that I can feel in my heart.  The experiences we share.  The bonds they have between them.  The bonds we build with them.  And the effect they have on our lives.

The photos I take is about the story of us.  The story of their bond as sisters.

It is a story about love … really.

Two boston terriers tumbling around in bed at home

Interestingly enough … today is International Woman’s Day.

It was the first message I saw when I opened up my Facebook.  In a way these “holidays” and “promotions by Facebook” are today’s version of walking into a Hallmark Card Store.

I honestly did not know today was special.  And I don’t discount the holiday at all.

It’s nice to recognize that women now have a voice.  I feel fortunate that we do and we have a long way to go.

And if I sit and think about it – the thing that matters the most (to me) is that we have a choice.

A choice in how to think, how to feel, how to speak, and how to express ourselves.

And a choice to change our minds at any given time …. because that’s the part of self discovery after all.

So here I am today – back full circle … unraveling the creative journey and focusing on capturing those moments that authentically represent my reflections on how I see.

Orbit having a quiet moment at home
By MaggieLovesOrbit, March 8, 2018
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