Friday, February 24, 2012

rambling photo journal to share with Kat & classmates (and former student of Kat's)

Sometimes the things we learn don't seem to have anything in common with the original lesson, but of course if you look deep enough you may find it.

This photo is in my head and I am going to try to understand why.  It feels like the 1920’s to me shiny and sleek and yet old expensive and classy like a commercial that this car should be parked in front of a beautiful old house by the sea – aha ha that’s where I am.  I used to dream of living in an old house by the sea.  With acres of fields to walk through and the friendly village a short walk away – an idyllic place to live.  And I would be a writer or an artist working in my studio and coming out to work in my garden and spend time with my dear ones cooking in a big old kitchen with a beautiful aged wood table and we would carry our plates outside and eat on the patio, lots of laughter and drinking wine.  Mmm .. images in my head that developed over time after reading lots of romantic novels and lovely stories that take place in Scotland. Ideas that I pictured of how I could live my life.  Very drastic comparison between there and here.  Here being the way I live my life now.  What can I do to make some changes?  Do I want to make changes?  Is this image of an idyllic life still the same image?  There is also an image of living in a sparse uncluttered modern city loft.  I think the two things I see in common here are a studio.  A haven.  A room for me.  Hmm maybe that’s where this journaling post is going.  Yes and the colors!!  For 53 years I have said “if I have to choose a favorite color..I suppose it would be ROBINS EGG BLUE”  why the heck can’t I say robins egg blue is my favorite color.  It doesn’t mean I have to change my wardrobe and redecorate my house and it doesn’t mean that I can’t love other colors as well.

I approached the photo journaling exercise a little differently.  I had a photo in my head and didn’t know why.  I pasted the photo in a word doc and started writing immediately.   My writing is very internalized and doesn’t share much with others, but it came right out of me and so I am sharing it with my class mates.  I think that Kat will be pleased to see what powerful results her prompt to photo journal  had for me.  I will definitely do this again.  As a follow up, after writing this I received an email the next day.  It was a newsletter regarding an on line class about creating your own HAVEN.
 I just L-O-V-E synchronous events.  They always seem to happen when you are on the right course.


  1. I enjoyed reading your rambling photo journal, especially the bit about Scotland! It's pretty cold up there!
    Robin's egg blue happens to be one of my favourite colours as well! I see why you chose the car, or did the colour happen with a very little colour enhancement?! I see the background is blue too!
    I loved the the way you came across a newsletter about creating your own haven! Go for it!

  2. Yay for synchronous events!! Phyllis, this is a great result from the exercise. The thing about intuitive photojournaling is that you NEVER know what is going to come out. That you made this discovery by writing on this photo stuck in your head is amazing and inspiring. I do believe we learn a lot from ourselves through our photos, and this just proves it true! Thank you for sharing!

  3. Wonderful musings. Serendipidty is one of my favorite words. I feel like when we get those little clues they are like bread crumbs that we're meant to follow. Usually we rush through life and miss them, but slowing down to think about this photo allowed that word haven to come into focus.I hope your dream of a haven comes true!

  4. Love the image, love the thoughts....I don't know that robin's egg blue is my fave, but blue is. You're just more fine tuned in your blue selection than I am.
    Of all the lessons in FYE, this was my absolute favorite. I have since done it a couple times, and have it in the back of my mind for the Photo-heart connection too.
    I hope that you will at least spend a vacation by the sea with fields around and a patio on which to sit with your plate of food and another vacation in the roar of the city-in a loft with incredible views that inspire.
    Have a great day Phyllis. I really enjoyed your post.

  5. Hi Phyllis,
    I enjoyed coming along with you on this intimate journaling adventure! Oh, and I do love those synchronous happenings, too:) Wishing you that haven, a creative room all your own.... maybe even painted robin's egg blue, or whatever your heart desires!!!
    Happy creative moments.

  6. Thank you for sharing this Phyllis. I think that this is the ideal response to the journal prompt. It's personal and yet your thoughts are expressed so well that it resonates strongly. I don't know a woman alive who doesn't have dreams about a haven. Following the heart connection is the best best thing that we can do.

  7. Love that blue!

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  8. Thank you all so much for your wonderful replies. I really hesitated to "bare my soul" here. I see your souls in your replies! The one wonderful thing that I keep getting reminded of in our blogging world, is that we are all really so similar. Of course we are all so different in exciting and interesting ways, but deep down we all share so much. And Patrice, thanks so much, you've put a big smile on my face. What a wonderful way to start the day!