Breaking through Sadness and Funkiness – Using Photography and the Camera

by Sheila Finkelstein on May 24, 2010

This weekend, I was feeling sad, a little lonely and slightly depressed. Though I was functioning and had completed an interesting interview, I couldn’t get past a feeling of lethargy.  I finally decided that a walk in nature would “pick me up.”  So I went to Green Cay Wetlands with my camera in its bag on my shoulder and walked for a while.

Nothing was happening. My mood was not shifing, no elevation. (In retrospect I’m noticing how we think “it” will take place outside of ourselves.) Finally, I remembered, once again, “Sheila, it’s not the walk that you tell people to do.  It’s taking the camera out of the bag and starting to photograph WHATEVER catches your eye.  So I “snapped” the first thing in the distance that caught me eye.

I didn’t even realize that it was a palm leaf in the distance. All I saw was some texture in what seemed to be a light-colored “wall” of something.  Didn’t matter.  Focusing on something other than my disparate thoughts was starting to work.

Next came a couple of shots of this Roseate Spoonbill in the distance. Already, I was feeling better. The purple gallinule and black-necked stilts were simply a bonus.

The final image that grabbed my attention and really pulled me in was the warmth and light, the brilliance, of the afternoon sunlight reflected off the boards on the side of the boardwalk path at Green Cay.  In the distance, I was able to pull it close with my telephoto lens and capture the image in the top photo shown above.

And, to give the full picture I also photographed the railing shadows cast by the sun.

I could continue to spell out analogies and metaphors for life, for representations of mood shifting, AND I’ll leave all that to you, letting the photos speak for themselves.

Bottom line for me, I experienced once again, the power of the camera as my best friend, my energizer, my re-focuser, the transformer in my life.

I invite you to partner with your camera as a friend and mood stabilizer and expander in your life. To read more on how to do this for yourself, as well as seeing how others have experienced photography as transformation, simply fill in your name and email address under the Little Blue Heron photo and SUBSCRIBE at the top of the column on the right. Once you confirm your interest, you will get, by return email, EXPAND YOUR VISION, the 15 page report that includes 7 Tips for getting unstuck.

Happy shifting.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie June 3, 2010 at 8:32 am

Beautiful, Sheila! Just reading this was a real pick-me-up. You have really hit on the transformative power of connection and participation.

A friend was just telling me a little bit about biodynamic gardening today. Did you know that they only plant, tend, and harvest certain types of plants on specific days of the lunar calendar? There is so much to this unseen connection that we are oblivious to. I believe photography allows us to connect intuitively to something both greater than and part of ourselves.


Sheila Finkelstein June 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

Julie, how kind of your to acknowledge that this post was a “pick-me-up: for you and I love your speaking of the “transformative power of connection and participation.”

This is the first I’d heard of “biodynamic gardening”. It’s not surprising, given so many astrologers make recommendations for taking certain actions and not, according to our charts and the astrological time frame in general.

And, when you mentioned “biodynamic gardening”, my brain went immediate to “hydroponic gardening” (unrelated in subject matter here). I first became aware of it in Disney World and was fascinated to find one of our local garden centers, 10 minutes from my house, grows hydroponic strawberries, tomatoes, and more.

Thanks again for the comment.


Jeanne October 1, 2015 at 1:06 pm

Love this… wonderful perspective!


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