Writer, Traveler, Photographer: these are the musings of the FrogDiva.
The blog began in 2006 as a family newsletter and the joy of writing grew over the years, flourishing into a platform for thoughts, emotions and eventually, photography. The time came, however, when the writing, photography, and the cat stories needed to part ways and pursue different horizons. The former blog named Through Frog Eyes on Blogspot found its new home. The FrogDiva Photography has it’s own website and you can follow the cat stories on Facebook: Champagne Trails.
I’ve been asked several times what my specialization in photography is, and I never have an answer. I stand by my personal mission statement that photography for me is part and parcel of who I am, not an extension and not a skill learned for some final exam or certification. It is as human to me as it is spiritual, full of imperfections and with a pursuit of equilibrium, never technical perfection. I harbor a disdain to center anything in the photograph other than my own emotions, and those are to be conveyed and felt, not seen. My work, if you can even call it that, is not art, will never be art, nor do I even insist on creativity. It is not a lifestyle, but a dichotomy of selfishness and selflessness that seek depth in interwoven light and shadows. There is no official genre in photography called soul photography, but there should be because it would answer so many questions.I do not attempt to find or define the soul of photography, but to practice photography of the soul. It is all about the essence of being, healing, surviving, and above all, living.
Plato defined the soul as having three components: logos, thymus, and eros (reason, temper and desire). In soul photography, these are the fundamental pillars of the moment and justification for pressing the shutter. The reason for wanting to recreate the image, the temper governing your soul at the moment, and the desire to create something intimately personal all converge into the right moment and your soul knows it, not the eye. James Hillman argues that the soul converts life into experiences that are communicated in love, faith, and death. By this precept, therefore, soul photography does not simply capture an event like wedding photography or birthday parties, but instead communicates the human role in the universe of intangible emotions. Deepak Chopra provides the visual image of the soul being a field of infinite possibilities and creativity. That is the essence of photography, and the foundation of soul photography. Infinity and beyond. So if anyone asks, FrogDiva Photography is all about bohemian soul photography.
Thank you for dropping by and continuing the journey with me.