Today I’m introducing a new weekly post I’ll be doing. WordPress, the site that hosts this blog, has a weekly “Photo Challenge“, where bloggers are tasked with finding (or taking) a picture that captures a certain theme. See the bottom of this post for more information.
As my Facebook friends know, I do love taking pictures and trying to make them as beautiful as possible. And so, when I saw this today, I decided to begin this weekend featurette. The “challenges” are posted on Fridays, and so I will post mine over the weekend. Some weeks I might take a fresh picture, other weeks I’ll try and find an old one. I’ll post it, and tell a little bit about it.
Today’s picture is a really special one to me.
Believe it or not, but I really am in introvert. I love taking long walks, spending entire days in coffee-shops, seeing movies, going to art museums, and eating–all by myself.
When I was in college in Richmond, Virginia, I had a few places that especially spoke to me. For those that know the city, my favorites were Church Hill, the Canal Walk, and Belle Isle. Ah, Belle Isle. I even wrote a poem about the spiritual connection I felt to that place.
The above picture was taken on a bridge going over the rocks on Belle Isle. Yes, I took that picture. Yes, that’s me walking in the picture. It was one of my proudest moments of composition. Setting the camera up, setting the timer right, and bringing into the world the picture I had in my head was so exciting. It was one of my first moments of really feeling connected to photography.
Further, this picture embodies so much of who I am and how I feel in this world. It’s cold, I’m by myself, and I’m moving. The title of this blog “the long way home” comes from these very themes. Seeing the picture as metaphor, there’s a tension because you don’t know id I’m walking away from something/someone or towards something/someone. That’s why this picture was, for the longest time, the main image on my personal homepage, Prodigal Paul. It captures my sense of “prodigality” so well. Am I leaving home or coming home?
It’s this tension that guides my writing, my life, my thinking, my wrestling, my struggling, and my doubts. And, paradoxically (as most things dealing with God are), it’s in this tension that my spirit feels most free. The differing poles of life increases the possibility that can be held within them, rather than paralyzing me in uncertainty.
This is my spirit. This is my freedom. This is my relationship to my God and his world. All in a picture. And so, I proudly share it with you as an image of a “free spirit”. My free spirit.
See all my Weekend Photo Challenges here.
This is WordPress’ little plug for the Weekly Photo Challenges:
Whether you’re a beginner or a professional, you’re invited to get involved in our Weekly Photo Challenge to help you meet your blogging goals and give you another way to take part in Post a Day / Post a Week. Everyone is welcome to participate, even if your blog isn’t about photography.
Here’s how it works:
1. Each week, we’ll provide a theme for creative inspiration. You take photographs based on your interpretation of the theme, and post them on your blog (a new post!)anytime before the following Friday when the next photo theme will be announced.
2. To make it easy for others to check out your photos, title your blog post “Weekly Photo Challenge: (theme of the week)” and be sure to use the “postaday″ tag.
3. Subscribe to The Daily Post so that you don’t miss out on weekly challenge announcements. Sign up via the email subscription link in the sidebar or RSS.