Belinda – You’re An Inspiration To Us All.

Belinda – You’re An Inspiration To Us All.

Inspiration comes from many places. If I was to ask you, where do you get your inspiration from, there would be many different answers and all would be valid.

The older we get, we can allow things to stop us from doing what we love. We can put it in the too hard basket and instead of actually getting out and doing our passion, we can easily sit back and do nothing or allow things to convince us that we are better of staying home. It’s too cold. It’s too hot, I’m feeling tired and the excuses keep on going.

Now I do understand we are all at different levels of fitness and I do understand where some people’s situations will be more serve than others.

Think of the people that generally inspire us. How often have we been inspired by someone who is not as mobile as ourselves and yet they are determined still to enjoy the things in life that have always brought them joy.

My inspiration comes all sorts of quarters. It comes from people, God, photographs, people stories and simply being out on my own photographing in the middle of no where I get so inspired.

When people do my workshops I never take it for granted as this is a very competitive field and people have many choices to choose from and so when someone does choose one of my workshops, I am truly honored and never take this for granted.

Earlier I said my inspiration can come from people and Belinda who I am featuring in this blog is one such person.

Over the years she has had some nasty falls, which has resulted in concussion. That’s not a good thing. She loves photography and loves joy that brings to her. The more falls that she was having got her thinking that she was going to think outside the square to be able to still get out there and to enjoy her photography. She decided that if she was going to protect herself from falling she had to invest in a walker come chair whom she calls Rudolph.

Now Belinda and Rudolf go everywhere together   and Belinda has done many of my tours and day workshops and I’m inspired each time I see Belinda set out to do her thing at her pace. I love seeing the immense joy that sweeps over her when she is out shooting. It is priceless and it is a lesson to us all.

My hat goes off to her as she could have allowed her falls to keep her at home, never to venture far. What inspires Belinda is her photography, what takes her mind set to another place, a place that is positive, a place that does her soul wonders, is actually being out in the field taking pictures.

I know for myself when I’m having a tough trot and this year with an on going cyber bullying attack, I have found refuge out taking pictures. Whether it be at the beach, walking through the hills or being in the middle of nowhere. Each of these areas does do my soul wonders with the evil cyber bullying that my awesome partner Vicki ( Rosepetal) and I have received over the last 9 months. That will be exposed later on.

To be able to fulfill your passion and in this case for Belinda it is photography. I know the enormous smile that comes across her face and her whole persona lifts because she is out fulfilling her passion through taking pictures.

Rudolf could easily be a 4WD walker as the places where Belinda has taken her Rudolf on my tours has been amazing at times.

The good thing about this is that Belinda decided that she wasn’t going to be trapped at home and that she was going to blossom through her photography. I know in the tours that she has done with myself, her photographic experience has excelled and not only has she grown as a photographer, blossomed in areas that she thought not possible, she has also made some wonderful new friends.

All of this has come about because Belinda wasn’t going to allow her situation to keep her bound at home. She was going to explore and explore that she does at her own pace. That’s the key to explore at your own pace, if you are not in a hurry you will see so much more whereas those in a hurry would walk right past.

Life is short in the context of time  and so it is so important to be out there enjoying the things that move you and inspire you. It doesn’t matter how you do it, it doesn’t matter how long it takes as long as you are out there doing what brings you the most joy in your life.

Belinda dressed Rudolf up in the red flannel shirt, that was such an awesome thing to do as I ask no one to wear what they do and Rudolf wasn’t going to be left out.

Love seeing that big smile on Belinda’s face.

Belinda you are an inspiration buddy and keep taking pictures with Rudolf. Never forget what brings you joy and it is so moving to see you there exploring the joy of photography. You have a good heart and so glad that you put your new camera to the test on our last Mystery Tour.

Keep clicking away Belinda and keep enjoying that new camera. Pete:)

Pete Dobré

Author Pete Dobré

Pete's photography is self taught. As a young child photography was an interest. His passion for the varying landscapes of Oz comes from frequent visits as a youngster, to his Gandparent's sheep farm in Barmera, a small country town in South Australia. Pete Dobré is a Freelance Photographer who blazes the trail for 6 months each year, capturing awe-inspiring images. Pete's work expresses his creative flair, emotions and love for the natural scapes of Australia. He remembers the hot day when he was 8, leaving town for the farm. His parents had an old car. Within about 2 kilometres of reaching the farm gate, they were bogged on a small red sand dune. The flies were buzzing continuously and the heat was beating down. Sticks, leaves and branches were wedged under the back tyres, to get the car moving. His mum was in a panic but Pete thought that it was exciting. From that moment he knew that he loved being out in creation, with the sense of adventure in the wild. This is where Pete's passion began. Photography for Pete is an expressive means for visual communication. He says, 'There is never a boring moment in my work. There is always something to photograph and I love being creative. The only limit to creativity is a lack of creativity.' Pete's aim as a photographer is to present images that provoke and stimulate the mind, to capture God's awesome creation and to share this with others. If Pete can do a little justice to God's creativity, then he is quietly satisfied. As a photographer Pete's inspiration and passion for his work comes from knowing God who created everything in the beginning. Knowing God, the Creator gives more substance and meaning to what he captures on film. Pete sees his role as freezing a moment in time and history which will never be repeated exactly the same again. The light, clouds and seasons will always be different. Pete's love for natural conditions at different times of the day, displaying varying moods and cloud formations makes his work very special and eye catching.

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