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  • Writer's pictureErwin Barona

Finding Serendipity

Hello, and welcome to my blog!

Most of the images on the website were taken not far from home, as I'v spent most Saturday mornings and early evenings just to get out of the "busy-ness" of the week, to spend my time for myself, to re-charge and reset.

As with most enthusiast photographers, I check for sunrise and sunset times before setting off, and determine if it is an opportune time to take some photos, weather permitting. I really don't have a plan on what images to take, nor do I have a clue on what is out there, as I trek the lakefront or trail paths. All I know is, wherever, I seek for a good photograph. But in doing so, my mind often wanders to review what the week has been, what should have transpired, the successes and failures, the lessons-learned. How could I have acted (or reacted), or have said something differently? A week in review, as it were.

serendipity [ser-uhn-DIP-i-tee]. noun. discovering something of more value than what was originally sought for. (Free Dictionary)

Photo opportunities present themselves, while having this self-review in mind; fleeting back and forth between the two states. Sometimes, I get discouraged for having let myself go with this cyclic exercise, especially when the past week was bad, when I really wanted to do was just relax this weekend. But at times, the week-in-review sets off to a different path --- what was and am I grateful for; what do I need to to progress on; objectives for the day, week and even longer?

By chance or fate, I see a scene or an object of interest for my camera to capture. And more often than not, on these weekend mental treks, it is the #serenity of #silence, or the #sublime and #sombre thoughts that provide me with the depth of what I see and capture. I know it sounds cliche and cheesy. My images are like my trophies, my personal mementos of me.

I know that with posting my images and personal reflections, I expose my own vulnerability and bias. This is a risk I am willing to take if I am to share my reflections, with the hope that someone who sees them is in the same journey I am in, to impart what I have learned of myself for his or her benefit, photographer or not.

This is my serendipity, not to escape the "busy-ness", but to embrace life's sometimes unfairness and failures, and learn from them.

As one TED Talk speaker said . . .

". . . forge meaning, build identity and share this with the world. Replace BUTs with ANDs. Own your pain and challenges. Strive not to make wrong things right, but to make wrong things precious!"

Images heal.

So as you view my images, it is my hope that these likewise trigger your own journey to finding serendipity.

"Life is like photography. You need the negatives to develop!" --- Ziad K. Abdelnour

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