“Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.” ~ William Arthur Ward
You never know when actions will lead to opportunity. This past March I found myself preparing for a photo exhibit. When asked how long I’d been planning I replied, “I hadn’t.” It had never been a goal, ambition or something I’d ever remotely imagined doing.
But a simple “Challenge on Nature Photography” invitation — seven nature-themed photos in seven days — on Facebook in January opened a door. Friends and family responded positively to the images I posted and persuaded me to “get busy framing” and show my work. Even though it was in a small boardroom gallery, the thought was daunting, but I knew I would regret not taking advantage of the experience.
Those who encouraged me lent a helping hand and “Out my backdoor” was soon on display. The photographs shown can be seen here. All twenty-five images are unedited and were taken within a mile radius of our home with a simple point-and-shoot camera.
The positive feedback and appreciation was overwhelming. My initial nervousness was soon replaced by gratitude for the chance to share my view of the prairies. Someone commented, “You see what we may miss.”
When I head out for walks with my camera, I do so because I truly enjoy capturing images and moments in time, whether bright and bold, or small and subtle. No matter the season, every day offers something to make me pause and appreciate my surroundings.
After living on the farm for almost 28 years, perhaps I take my vantage point for granted. I didn’t realize so many others would enjoy “seeing through my lens”.
As a bonus to the whole experience, almost half the pictures sold. It is rather humbling to know my work will be hanging in new homes. Previous to the exhibit, I had never framed my photos, only shared them on social media — a trend that will now change.
I am grateful I pushed past my initial fear and trepidation, didn’t wait and let this opportunity pass. It was thoroughly enjoyable sharing the view ‘out my backdoor‘. Now to ponder the question, “What’s next?”