So… a blog.  Not something I ever thought I would be doing.  Many “reasons” not to.  I’m not a writer.  I’m quiet and shy.  Who would care what I have to say?  What would I say?  I don’t have time.  Etc. and etc.

But… I do like to do and try things that make me stretch and grow, see things in new ways, connect with new people and ideas.

So… why not?

In thinking about “What would I say?” I thought about the  what and the why of my life and work as a photographic artist.  Most of the  what and why seemed to fit into one or more of these categories:

Seeing:   What inspires me; the sights, ideas, thoughts, connections from my everyday life that somehow cause me to See not just see. One of my daily mantras  is courtesy of Marcel Proust, “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes.”

Practicing: The doing of my art; the tools, the techniques, the skills and habits that allow me to create.

Stretching: The learning of my art; experimenting, trying, growing, discovering, pushing to know, to understand, and to be more.

Celebrating: Because I believe that life is to be celebrated: the ordinary, the extraordinary, and everything in between.

Sharing: Making connections, getting my work “out there”, being generous with my skills and gifts.

So… what do you know?  There’s, perhaps, a framework for a blog.  And, wouldn’t you know that writing a blog actually fits into all those categories?  Funny how that worked.

So… here I go. Hope you’ll join me.

Path to Uetliberg
Outside of Zurich, Switzerland
©Gail S. Haile, 2012