Decided to take some quiet time this year in my first full year of retirement and January seems like the perfect time to change things up a bit. Signed up for a year-long course hosted by the inspirational Kim Klassen, a fellow Canadian from Manitoba. She is a gifted photographer and her journey through life over the last 20 months has been very difficult. She has handled it with grace, peace and dignity.
All that to say, that I need to bring some quiet and more peaceful moments into my life and this seems like exactly the right time. Once a week we will create a still life photo based on prompts and teachings from Kim, all the while learning how to take time to be still and savour the quiet moments of life. As a photographer, the creation of personal still life photos will be a new journey for me.
One of this week’s prompts was white . .. the photo above is what I created. The thought process over the last few days behind this process was to create a still life photo that would preserve for posterity photos of the heirlooms I treasure so much. Unfortunately the next generation is not interested in preserving these memories and this distresses me hugely.
The above photo is of my great-grandmother’s white kid gloves. Oh my, they are so tiny and so beautiful with such intricate detail inserted onto the back of the hand portion. The cutwork tablecloth is one my Mother hand stitched over 70 years ago. It is truly exquisite and very difficult to tell which is the right side and which isn’t. My Mother was incredibly gifted as an artist . . . in many different forms. We are so privileged to have had her influence on our lives.