I have been photographing things old and rustic for some time now and it is not unusual for me to go back to a place that I have been to many times . I do this to see the change, to see what the different seasons do to the landscape that I’m photographing.
In this case I adore this little church built in 1910. For me this church represents a lot of what I love photographing. These pictures represent my love for old things, for rustic things, it depicts the wide open spaces that I love to photograph and it represents God. As a person who has faith in God, and when I say that, I need to stress I’m fallen, not perfect and by no means see myself as better than anyone else. I have made bad mistakes in the past and the past can’t be undone.
I would also point out that you don’t need a building to find God in it as well. The building is just a structure where people come together, with the same agenda to worship together, hence the need of a building or meeting place. You can have a group of people under a tree, that is church.
For me my church is found in the wild open spaces, in solitude and most of the time on my own as I walk, drive and photograph the wild open spaces of this planet of ours.
I love this place as it is so much about who I am, what I have failed in attempting to do and depicts hope in the future.
I’ve known of this little church for 30 years and every time I go back, there is always something new there. It use to be isolated on its own but not so anyore. They have neighbors to the left of most of these pics so they are no longer totally on their own.
When I saw this, I knew that I had to put Elvis up ( my drone) as I just love flying Elvis, I love the perspective that I gain with Elvis and the joy that it gives to me.
There are moments in a persons photographic life which will always leave a lasting impression. Moments that you will always remember.
For myself self I do have my top ten places that will always have a soft spot for, places that for my own reasons will always be inspiring and emotional for me. This is one of those places. I wouldn’t expect others to understand as the reason why we take pictures is different to us all . Take pictures for myself is nothing about just pressing the shutter to capture an image. Photography is an extension of who I am.
Often when I’m photographing a subject I am left in awe of the beauty of the subject and then I reflect on the bigger questions of why are we drawn to the beauty that is in front of us. Why is it that people all love the things that inspire us through nature? Why is it that when we stand at an amazing sight we will let out the groans of excitement? Why is it that we adore the animals that we have on the planet? There are very good answers to these questions and for me the answer is clear and obvious. For most of us our answers will differ.
What won’t change over time, no matter what your outlook in life is, we will always be in awe of the beauty that is around us and will will always be inspire by the awesome acts of Creation.
For those who love taking pictures, we all have our pet subjects and for me, I have always loved things old and rustic as it is a glimpse back into the past. That inspires me and brings so much joy to me, that I can’t put into words what best describes that moment of capturing an image that takes us back in time, like this church,I have no words that will adequately describe the joy. Pete 🙂