Laura Macky Photography

Journey of a body on this earth


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Listening

Lately there have been so many stressful things going on in the world and in the states.  Everyone is shouting and no one is listening.   It makes me question what I’m doing to make this world a better place.  All I know is that if people do something they love and have the intent to share this love, then hopefully it will spread to others.

I’m doing my best to create outlets to share in person, like my camera club and teaching, which to me is so important because it prevents me from isolating too much.   Social media is great, but there is nothing like sharing in person.

I really believe that when we communicate online we can easily misinterpret things.   We read things the way we want to and unless someone is a fabulous writer, things can be so easily misconstrued depending on the mood we’re in when we read them.  It’s too easy for people to shut each other down and not work through things which I believe is some of what is causing us not to listen.  Read a headline or a snippet and we’re done.  No we’re not!  Not by a long shot.  We’re just getting started!

Landscape photography quiets me down.  It washes the world’s woes away from my head and gets me to feel in the heart again.  Our planet speaks to us but we don’t listen.  We can’t seem to hear or see the big picture.

What are you doing to share the love?  Please share your love with everyone in the comment box if you like.

 

I was reminded of something from Tolkien:
“I wish it need not have happened in my time,” said Frodo. 
“So do I,” said Gandalf, “and so do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

Share the Love - Sutro Baths

Share the Love – Sutro Baths

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Expanding Horizons: The Journey

I will always remember the one time I hired a photography tutor when I was still in auto.  We met for only one day and he never mentioned my camera controls, which is what I was hoping for.  Instead he said something that I’ve always remembered:  “Don’t just take a photo because that is just a record.  Express yourself and make art.”  

I think about that statement a lot and believe we never really arrive; we are constantly on the journey making adjustments within to express a more complete self.   Along life’s journey, I’ve noticed it seems a lot of the time we get what we need but not always what we want.  It’s up to us to see the big picture and to realize that even a step back can ultimately be a step forward.

It’s not how big your steps are or how fast they are…it’s about taking the step in the first place, appreciating the meaningful things along the way, and never ever giving up!  That’s my path in photography and life!

I love this quote by Dewitt Jones:  “Our deepest inspirations come from not looking to others but from looking within”.

 

The Journey - Laura Macky

The Journey – Laura Macky


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The Stars are Aligned – GO WARRIORS! (video + pics)

Anyone who knows me, knows I am a huge Warrior basketball fan.  I’ve watched almost every single game this year and we capped it off by going to the record-setting game a few nights ago which was the last game of the season.  It was an historic game as they broke the record of most wins in a season by winning 73, one more than previously held by the Chicago Bulls in the 1995-96 season AND Steph Curry set the record for the highest three-point score in the season which is now 400.  WOW…what a game!!!!!!

A couple fun and somewhat eerie facts about all this are:

1.  Steve Kerr is the current Warriors coach.  He was ON the Chicago Bulls Team when they won their 72 games…a record that has stood until this year when the team he coaches now broke the record.

2.  Another somewhat eerie fact is that on the night of the Bulls trying for their 73rd game, Steph Curry’s dad Dell Curry was the hero for the Hornets who were playing the Bulls.  Dell Curry scored 19 points and hit the final two free throws to give Hornets the 98-97 lead prior to the Bulls’ final possession and kept the Bulls from winning 73 games.  How odd is it these connections between the Currys and Kerr to the Bulls.

Oracle Arena which is in my hometown of Oakland, California, is the loudest arena for basketball.  Oakland fans are awesome and I was in my glory feeling the complete joy and energy of the crowd.  If I never go to another basketball game in my life, I’ll be happy having attended this one!

The playoffs start today and I’m so excited that I thought I’d share a video from the historic record-breaking game of the crowd doing the wave (yes I can’t believe we are still doing the wave) along with some iphone pics.