Saturday, January 17, 2015

Be Still 52 - Week #1: Beginning Thoughts

I signed up for Kim Klassen's Still Life Photography class called "Be Still 52." I really enjoyed learning about Still Life photography last year in Cheryl McCain's Frugal Still Life Photography class and decided I wanted to continue that journey. Kim Klassen's class is a year long! I usually have trouble sticking with a project that long, but I'm going to give it a try.
I have enjoyed classes taught by Kim before and follow her blog. As she describes in the class registration link posted above, one of the reasons she started a still life photography practice was because it helped her through the life-altering experience of having a husband diagnosed with lymphoma and going through treatment with him. As long time blog readers know, that resonates hugely with me having "been there, done that" with Paul. (Yes, you get to be a bit irreverent when you've lived the experience).
So, for the first photograph for the course, I decided to honor our common journey and photograph the rosary which I brought to the hospital with me during Paul's treatment. I'm a pretty badly lapsed Catholic, but during certain moments, sitting in the hospital, seeking peace, I felt the need to pray. And to say the prayers of my childhood. So, I dug out this rosary that I had inherited from my Aunt Vera. And brought it with me to the hospital. 
I still keep it in my purse. The links have broken a bit and I rarely pull it out to pray. But I still feel its power to calm me, to bring stillness and peace when I need it. So I continue to carry it with me, recognizing the importance of peace and stillness in my life.
And, now, I am glad to have captured its essence and its story in words and pictures. Thank you Kim. I'm looking forward to what comes next . . . 

15 comments:

Karen said...

Beautiful rosary; beautiful photo, beautiful post.

Sandie said...

Lovely post Rinda. It's a good way of finding stillness. I also follow Kim's blog and admire her photography but I have not done any of her classes. I hope you enjoy it.

Mommy2CVC said...

Love it!

Alison said...

Lovely post Rinda xx

scrappyjacky said...

Such lovely photos....I still have my mother's rosary.

Sian said...

I love the background you have chosen for these pictures: that contrast of the rough with the smooth, which tells a story in itself

Starnitesky said...

Beautiful rosary Rinda. I am doing Kim's Be Still 52 class as well.

Miriam said...

This is beautiful Rinda. I am also doing Kim's class.

Fiona Kennedy said...

Lovely photo and post.

Marilyn said...

Truly lovely.

Linda said...

sounds like a lovely class Rinda. I enjoyed reading your post, hope you enjoy the class!

alexa said...

Beautifully captured, in words and image ... Hoping that peace and stillness carries you through your week.

Cheri said...

I'm also in class Rinda - haven't posted anything yet, but LOVED the first week approach!

Melissa said...

What a lovely rosary & you've captured it so well here. I like the white background texture & little imperfections - it works perfectly to show off the rosary!

Gail said...

You did a wonderful job with it and what a lovely rosary, something extra special to remember your Aunt.