A Picture Is Worth A Thousand......Emotions
Last week I received the autumn issue of a popular magazine published in Vermont. Anxious to plunge into the fall foliage photography section, I quickly flipped through the pages with great anticipation! Where are the autumn photos! My heart was beating! It’s finally arrived!
And there it was! The picture of a place in Vermont that set the stage for such an emotional response that it brought an immediate tear to my eye. Goose bumps were a given! You may ask, how can such a shot, not even taken by myself, a novice at best, evoke such a reaction? You see, it was not just about “a stunning photo of a red barn at a crest of a dirt road against a blazing foliage hillside in Stowe Hollow”. (That description is in of itself enough to create quite a visual sensation!)
For me, it conjured up memories of the first annual reunion of our SOV group led by PWT of our foliage forum. We stopped here only on my dear friend Carol’s insistence that she get a shot of every conceivable angle of this scenic that possessed one of those rare “wow” factors. (I know she has one in her portfolio that is gorgeous!)
As I continued to relish what this photo meant to me, I reflected back on our back road excursions and all the fun things we did that day, my new forum friends, the foliage season and this mind boggling landscape before us. All rolled into one endearing Vermont memory. Yes, this one sweet picture did all that! Charles, you are right. “Memories are Priceless”. They are truly an integral part of photography, whether you have intended to take a picture just for yourself or for others to enjoy. They are keepsakes.
Hats off to you my Scenes of Vermont photography friends. I salute you. You have made some very special memories for me as I peruse the forums or through your individual websites of places I have traveled in the great state of Vermont.
This passion of yours? I get it. I truly do.
(Addendum: Carol was part of my inspiration to write this. I think she is one heck of a fine photographer!).