My Conversation with God.

January 2, 2012May 31, 2012

On January 1, 2012 I started a series of what I thought would be a picture every day.  The plan was to take a photo of the same spot from the dock here on South Watuppa Pond in Fall River, Massachusetts.   365 Days.

That was the plan.

That was

the

plan.

  Hmm.

 Sounded like a good idea.

  Reality hit.                       Questions arose.

Would I take a picture at the same TIME every day?

Would I take a photo EVERY single day.

I decided that if I was actually going to fulfull this project, some gentility was in order.

Readjust.

I would take a photo on the same spot every day-ish. ISH.  I would get out there when I got out there.  Sound to you like a fortune cookie?  Me too.  The time of day the photo was taken could fall where it may.  The weather, of course, would fall where it may.   With fortune cookie gentility, this project became a journal of what I witnessed.

I could tell you stories about how I started with gusto and how that waned.  I could tell you about all of the different light about the changes in weather and of the seasons.  But hands down, the reason I began this project and the reason I kept coming back is thanks to three things.  They are as follows:

1. Wonder

2. Gratitude

3. Resilience

Wonder at what I was witnessing when I stopped to look.

Fullness of gratitude–an overwhelming sense of how lucky I was to see and have this experience.  How lucky I was for that and for so much more.  It literally felt like I was being filled.

Witness to how changes and constancy work together every day.

This is my conversation with God.  By looking at something I loved, loving it, letting it fill me, and teach me, we spoke.

I am truly sorry for the scenes I missed.  But that’s okay.  We are surrounded by greatness.

Have you been caught up in wonder? Where?  When have you felt gratitude?  From what do you learn about resilience?

When you are ready, come as you are… and with gentility,… take a look around.  Follow what you love.  There is something in it for you.

Please enjoy a slideshow and gallery of daily photos taken in 2012, my conversation with God.

P.S….I was facing East.

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8 thoughts on “My Conversation with God.

  1. Deacon Paul O. Iacono says:

    Jamie, your idea for this photographic sequence was very insightful. Same position, same view, yet, the result was never monotonous, always, in its own way, original and fresh.
    It is like our own life. We may think that we are sometimes in a rut, stuck in the same position with the same “view” of things.
    Yet, if we step back for a moment, and look up, and out, rather than down, we see that even though we are on what appears to be the same little dock, the poetic vision of our life is constantly changing and transforming the space that we are in.
    Thanks for your creative vision, and perseverance, to help us see it.
    Happy Solemnity of the Epiphany and a prayerful and creative New Year!

  2. Ellie Collins says:

    Jamie
    Your photos make me feel like I am inside of them . There is a sense of joy that comes over me. Each [in spite of being the same] is unique and a gift
    Thank You
    Ellie

  3. Patricia says:

    Wonderful photo’s as an artist I like the idea of painting the same scene in a series but looking for the changes or looking for the things I missed at first glance with each new version. With the start of lent this might be a great way to focus and truly see and incorporate prayer & meditation. Thank you for the inspiration!

  4. Anne Stevenson says:

    Jamie,
    Thank you for sharing this insightful look at your “place”. I found myself drawn into them as well, watching for subtle changes of light and shadow, color of water and sky…I love the idea and can only imagine what looking through these does to your heart, brain and soul! Thank you! I am currently doing a “Finding God through the lens of a Camera” project with kids 5th-8th grade at our church, along with our great priest who is a photographer. I am amazed each time we meet how they interact with nature/creation…how they see God..how they see things they never would have noticed otherwise (their words, not mine)…we are trying various things to connect them more intimately with God, their faith journey, and ways you can use the camera to capture the big view as well as the macro view…It’s really exciting. So I may borrow this idea of yours and share it with them as one way to contemplate…see God…Thank you for sharing!!

    1. jamiedmedeiros says:

      Anne, Thank you so much for your nice comments. I am still so grateful for the time and space to notice these moments! For every picture taken, a trillion more beautiful moments are all around us…and that always blows my mind. Your photo project with the kids sounds so great. I hope you do take this idea and run! I would love to hear about what the kids notice! Thanks again for visiting. Jamie

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