One of the great things about photography is that you can use it as a crutch. Think about shy or introverted people who aren’t keen on socializing in big groups. I know quite a few of them who enjoy photography. Maybe because manning the camera is a way to be AT the party without having to BE the party. You know, a crutch. Today I want to talk about photography as a weather crutch.
Ice storms, snowstorms, below-average temps, thinking we’re out of the woods and then being thrown back into them—these are the stuff of crazy-making. They’re also the stuff of our winter past. (Yes, I know it’s not technically behind us yet, but a person can dream.) I’ve done my share of grumbling about the erratic and unpleasant weather. But through the lens of a camera, I find a lot of beauty, and therefore satisfaction, in even “bad” weather.
Sick to death of winter, you can always re-frame your mood by looking at the day in a new way with your camera. Make art of what’s ailing you:
One of the great things about this photograph is that it really captures the soulful longing for summer that comes with the seemingly longest winter. The visual tug-o-war of two seasons really makes it pop. I’d say a camera got at least one person through a miserably cold day here.
Some of my favorite photographs that come through our shop for processing or framing are thanks to ice storms. It doesn’t get much prettier than a twig of tree blossoms encased in ice. Tough on the blossoms? Yes. Easy on the eyes? Oh, yes. You can curse the ice, or you can photograph it.
Now, I know we’re looking forward to a pleasant warm-up this weekend. But I’m keeping one eye on the Farmer’s Almanac. It suggests we could still be in for some snow before April. You know the old saying: If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em. I say, if you can’t beat the cold, join it. Get out that crutch—I mean your camera—and photograph that crocus in the snow!