THE DETAILS

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So it’s turns out this amazing photography camp for me, was less about shooting and more about connecting. I didn’t take nearly as many photos as I would have thought and it appears most of the shots I do have are “the details”, just the small things that caught my eye.

I was too busy chatting, sharing ideas, guiding photo walks, meeting and falling in love with kindred spirits and gathering a whole load of friends & inspiration and basking in the magic that was created….. It was an experience that has changed my outlook of this online world and my own personal journey through photography. During my time on camp there were some amazing “ups” and thought-provoking “downs”, a roller coaster of emotions, such as tiredness, joy, homesickness, belonging and self doubt certainly creeped in.

I had been so scared about embarking on this journey, many doubts and fears running through my mind, questioning my own belief in my work. I have a wonderful support network at home, many loved ones cheering me on and setting me on the right direction and this fuels me everyday. What I’ve gained from this experience is that I now also have support from my fellow contributors at shuttersisters, and the campers who attended, who made me believe being on this creative path is what I’m meant to be doing, gave me confidence and the tools to follow my dreams and intentions.

I’m truly thankful from the bottom of my heart to everyone who helped me on this journey. When can we do it all again?

{still to come –  A Lensbaby walk, some people shots, the darling Kristin Z portraits and my amazing time in SF with Leslie}

Written by xanthe

October 24th, 2011 at 11:04 am

  • http://www.alessandracave.com/ Alessandra Cave

    Love the shots, Xanthe! And could not be more thankful for having crossed paths with you. I hope we can keep side by side on this wonderful journey xo

  • http://www.traceyclark.com traceyclark

    gasp! love these shots!!!!! such a story!

  • http://unusualmagic.blogspot.com Vickie

    wonderful images :)

  • http://www.eyechai.com hillary

    xanthe,
    i wish i could say these doubts and fears fade as one gets older! i think it’s a part of the human condition, but a part we don’t speak much about, so we don’t realize that everyone else feels the same way we do. so thank you for sharing, really. i am so glad i got to meet you and i will be watching your creative journey with so much interest and support.

  • http://momswhoclick.com Kristina

    It is because of Shutter Sisters that I now pay more attention to the details. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and for helping to create an amazing experience for us all. xoxx

  • http://mainemomma.blogspot.com/ kristin

    squeee! i am so honored to be a part of your story and for you to be a part of mine. the very best.
    xo

  • Tina

    i love details, that’s definitely what i usually notice.
    and i can’t believe that you ever feel doubts about your work, b/c it is so amazing that it inspires me every single day. you are so good at capturing the essence of your subject and i love that about your photos. but i guess it’s just human nature to feel a little self doubt every once in awhile, i know i sure do. ;) so thanks for sharing these beautiful images and encouraging words, i can’t wait to see the rest!

  • http://www.hereinthishouse.com Mae

    thank you so much for your openness, your sharing and your giving of your heart at camp. i’m looking forward to seeing what magic you captured with that lensbaby, as well as your other posts to come.

  • http://www.birdwannawhistle.com Corinna

    Xanthe – I know I should not be surprised by anything real after the time at Camp, but here I am again, bowled over at the idea that you too have doubts and fears about your creative path. I know that sounds stupid when I actually type it here. I find your work so inspired and inspiring and your presence just so lovely. I am happy to have encountered you at Asilomar and I am here, far away, rooting for you to continue on your courageous path into your art.

  • http://www.lisajane-photography.com Lisa

    I love these photos. Sometimes the details tell more of a story.
    I can not wait to hear all about the trip and the people and what you learnt.