Many years ago, when I was at college and doing GCSE retakes (I wanted a higher grade in Maths but we won't digress into that subject :-)), I got the chance to take some new subjects that weren't on offer at Secondary School.
One of those subjects was Photography. I remember those years with great fondness, it was such a great subject to take at that age, we spent many a happy hour 'on location' taking photos with our manual SLRs and then we got to spend time playing in the dark room processing and editing the images we had taken (whilst larking about and grabbing peoples ankles under the dark room tables - lots of fun lol). OOhhh the excitement of seeing if what we had shot onto the film was the image we had in our minds eye.
Roll on a few years, a hubby and three children later and I had lost my creative flare. It was sitting dormant inside me waiting to be rekindled.
Then about 3 years ago I set a New Years Resolution to get back my creative side. I started with sewing and baking and then fell back into photography. I bought myself an Olympus digital SLR with my Christmas, Birthday, Christmas money ......
I started taking snaps of family life .....
But was drawn to taking photos of nature and in particular flowers. Probably something to do with the fact that they don't run away when you are trying to take a photo and tend to stay still when you ask them too (unless it is a windy day of course).
I can lose myself for hours, looking at flowers and playing with camera settings to get the photo I want.
I do miss the excitement of using a dark room but love the way I can take lots of images of one flower without worrying about running out of film. There is then the excitement of uploading the images and editing them.
I do sometimes feel guilty that I am now spending time creating for my own enjoyment rather than creating things with the children and feel maybe I need to re-balance that slightly but I am so glad I have got the artistic me back :-)