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Thoughts on beach photography

As I wander along the beautiful beach I am camping by, I simply cannot help but take out my phone and take snap shots.

It is so in our nature to do so. Our phones are like a limb now, never leaving our side and if we loose it we feel the lost-itch of its missing presence – the phantom pain of this served appendage.

But it leads me to thinking about how many people have taken a photo of this very rock formation, this same stretch of sand and surf and it makes me put down my phone for a moment.

So, if there are already photos of this beach out there somewhere, in fact, EVERY beach, why do we keep snapping?

You could say that each photo would vary slightly, different waves, a change salt crystal clusters and sand grain placement, clouds and shells and critters woulf all vary from photo to photo. But aren’t they all basically the same thing?

Or does the artist matter?

Or is the real difference in the meaning to us? To the artist?

Melancholy crept up my throat as I stared out to sea. Out into the blueberry waters that had been captured byany other artists before me. It felt useless for a moment. Worthless. If I wanted to look back I could use my memory or simply type the beach’s name into Google images.

But, since this my journey, my time to record and create, I lifted my phone up again and cotinued snapping.

As an artist, what’s the point of having an experience if you can’t create something from it?




15 thoughts on “Thoughts on beach photography”

    1. Thank you so much, Bill! It really is. This is the first time I had played with the “pro” settings on my new phone. I am impressed with the quality. Thanks for connecting. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  1. Beautiful pictures!
    All words are the same. It depends on who is using them and which words in which order.
    So the scenes are the same places, but your take, your angle, your vision and light, those are what makes each picture different. ๐Ÿ˜Š

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    1. EXACTLY! Everything has been done before but it is us that makes it different and unique! YES!
      *Runs around, twirling, spinning, hands in air, screaming.

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      1. Right! And I’m sure you noticed that no matter how good the picture, it’s never as good as your memory of the scene. Which in turn is never as good as the actual scene when you first saw it. So even one person has three or four different perspectives on the same scene! It’s tricky. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. LemonLovely! I have such feels for this thoughtful reflection! ๐Ÿ˜‘ I look at the sky a lot. Recently more than other times. It reminds me of the ocean. The foamy love spread across for me to inhale. It makes me feel unique and even if someone else has captured the same shape of cloud or hue of blue or grey… just like you said… it is poignant in that it is MY journey to record… to set fire to the rest of my dreams. You took this moment and turned it into a time capsule of art and inspiration! You’re beautiful!

    I love this forking lemonade! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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  3. Thank you, sweet Melon!
    I know this wasn’t that long ago but it feels like a lifetime!
    That was such a lovely trip too. Camping by the beach with the kidlets… so bohemian… so hippie… like a detox for the soul.
    Almost every day, when sitting under the big blossom tree in our backyard, I look up and take a picture or seven of what I see. The tree with its dark green. The pale blue sky. It is the same.. but its not. I love these moments… looking at something knowing that fundamentally it is the same but really it is not. The feelings conjured are different. The details are different.
    Just like our little exchanges! In the big picture, we are just chatting (like it’s just the sky) but it is thw conversation and connection that changes… all the love sweetness

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    1. You realize… if I hadn’t come back to this… I would have never read this reply. You replied to your own post. I did not get this. I checked. I would not have missed it. I’m glad I found it.

      Love ya! I’m so glad I came back. This is one of my favorite thoughts from you.

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      1. That was like my second post or something lol so I still didn’t know what I was doing… not that I do now lmfao
        You were my first follower…
        I’m glad for you. I’m so happy you found me somehow… all the love, you goddess!

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