“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
I love Brene Brown's definition of connection. It is spot on for me, and the older I get the more important it is for me to surround myself with people who fit this definition. This does not mean we need to agree on everything, or do things alike, but rather listen, and value each other, without judgement.
I have never been much for frivolous friendships; friendships based on location or common denominators. I have never been one to have tons of friends, but instead tend to gravitate towards a few close ones I can count on. With some, the connection goes deep, built on layers of camaraderie, support, laughter and holding each other through pain. Lately, I have found a few new friends at the gym, we workout together and might head out for lunch or coffee at times. These real life relationships are very important to me and I do my best to nurture them.
I should come as no surprise, in today's world, that I have developed real connections with other woman online. Most of these connections started out because of our mutual love for photography in some way shape or form. While we might use different cameras and turn our lenses on different subjects, this passion we have for photography bonds us. Just like the connections we have with people fulfill us, the connection we have with our cameras do the same. Some of us blog, or try a 365, some of us shoot weddings and births, some of us set goals to sell our work as fine art prints to hang on other's wall. What we shoot or what we do with our photos doesn't really matter. What does matter is that we make time for each other, don't pass judgement, listen, encourage, and find incredible strength within this connection.
I found a kindred sprit when I "met" Donna. I first followed her during her 365 project. I soon tracked her down on Instagram and now follow her on her new site , which is full of simple magic and goodness. Her words resonate with me so and her photography style is simple and intriguing, making me wish at times that I lived in a small little town and not out in the boondocks. Some time ago we started bouncing around ideas about how we might collaborate on a project together. We decided to think on it for a bit and arrived at the virtual table with very similar ideas and goals, which seemed way to easy, and a sign that we should indeed give it a go. With one phone call ( where I was immediately taken in by her slight, beautiful southern accent ) we hashed out a few of the details and here we are. Five Miles From Home and Anywhere I Roam.
We plan on posting every couple of weeks, loosely picking a theme and using that theme to shoot with intention. With eyes closed ( no peeking allowed until both photos have passed on the internet highway ) we will pair our images up and write a bit about the vision we saw, and the intention we sat with while shooting. I am honored to be doing this project with Donna, grateful that she decided to take a change on me, and excited to do something a little different. I also like the mystery of it all. We set no goals other than to have fun and to be open to where it might take us.
Let's see if you can figure out which one is mine? Then head over to Donna's beautiful blog and read what she has to say.
love, light and gratitude,