A lot can change in two years.
From the budding of communication with its grunts and points and attempts and words,
to the full blossoming of conversation.
From the unsteady toddling of little feet,
to the sure-footed exploring of little boys.
From “Mama” to “Mommy” to “Mom.”
From “Up? Up?” to “I did it, Mom, look!”
But, thankfully, in two years, some things stay the same.
The July 2012 image of my boys examining the flower is hanging on my wall. I shot that image while playing after an impromptu picnic in the park. At the time (and still today) it was one of my favorite images. I’m pretty sure I took the image using the “Auto” setting on my camera. Now, I can look back and see a number of technical issues with the first photo (and with the second shot now as I venture into “Manual mode”). Despite the great light, the focus is not sharp and the white balance is far from balanced and the color is not nearly as vibrant as it could be.
But despite the technical issues especially in the first photo, the moment remains. And their curiosity remains. And the reason(s) I take the photo in the first place…remains.
I hope that I’ve grown some in those two years as a photographer, as an observer, and as a story teller. I’m not nearly where I’d like to be with my photography, but I can see growth, both behind…and definitely in front of…my lens.