The following is my submission for the PlusOneCollection 2012 as it is my top image from 2012 with a touch of additional editing. The PlusOne Collection is a yearly fundraising charity campaign, where photographers on Google+ donate images for a worthy cause. This year the beneficiaries are to be the Kenyan Maasai people group. The collection is curated and only select images will be chosen out of hundreds submitted. I’m hoping this will be one of them. :)
More information on the PlusOne Collection and this years’ beneficiary’s can be found at the links below. You can choose donate as well as secure a copy of this year’s photo book.
I have titled this image “Quiet Hope”.
This photo was taken just weeks after our cross country move from the Deep South and back to California which is ‘home’. Our last year in the south was very difficult and taxing in many ways so the move and quiet hope it embodied was quite welcome.
This primrose (I’m told) sat on the edge of a lake in a local park. It was surrounded by ducks, geese…and all they leave behind… :/ My husband and I took the three younger kids to explore the new park and I brought my camera intending to get a few photos of the children. Before following the family to the playground, I first walked along the lake looking for anything of interest. I have a proclivity towards flowers and this one caught my eye. The sun was beginning to set and I was drawn to this delicate flower, the warm light that exquisitely illuminated it, and the reflection of the sky in the lake behind it.
In my opinion, life is about living in the moments we are granted. The memorable moments may be fleeting and we may have to search for them amongst the unsavory, but… they are always there to be found. Nature always brings me joy and tranquility. When I can find nothing to celebrate in life, I can always find it in nature. Through my camera I can quickly slip away from the pressures of life with five children and a PhD student husband and spend time looking for- and then capturing- these quiet, beautiful moments. This is why I enjoy macro photography in large part. Macro photography is about stripping life down and challenging yourself to really look and see things others would consider to be nothing more than the mundane, ignoring the noise and finding that which is intriguing or lovely.
Pamela Reynoso © 2012-2013