Sunday, February 28, 2010

My happiness is...

My happiness is...:ds105
Originally uploaded by Tehlanna

Today's photography assignment is a challenge for me. The assignment is to convey happiness; not just show it but to invoke it in the mind of the audience.

I don't do so well with relating to other people; I don't know how to invoke happiness in other people. For me, the first image that sprang to mind was that of a child playing (I can hear you laughing); on a playground swing-set, swinging with absolute abandon: hair flying back, laughter stolen away by the wind, smile big and bright - the sort of smile we have before life teaches us to keep it small, unobtrusive, hidden.

My own happiness is most often invoked at the library. Even just the sight of the building is enough to push that button in the centre of my soul that releases a special sort of calm.

The library makes sense to me, with its simple order and quiet routine. No decisions need to be made at the library (except, possibly, "how many trips will I have to make to get all these books to the car?"), and that's a peaceful sort of thing for me.

I didn't get to the library today (despite the fact that I have, in fact, one nearly-overdue audio book); I didn't make it to the park today to photograph other people's children playing happily (I know, creepy).

But I did settle down with a book and a cup of tea. I don't know if I managed to convey it for you lot, but it makes me exceedingly happy.


mosey said...

This says happy to me.

Is your new daily shoot something you decided to do that is self-directed, or are you following a certain photo assignment?

Jade said...! You get a little assignment that is fun or challenging or maybe tests your limits a little. I am really enjoying it.

GirlGriot said...

Just the book might have made me nod and smile ... but addition of your pretty tea cup invoked so many of my own curl-up-with-my-book-and-my-tea moments ... that definitely made me happy!

A job well done!

Jade said...

Thanks GG! I love this new(old) tea cup of mine, expect to see more of it here.

gocamacho said...

That's the nice thing about photography - you can interpret the daily shoot however you want. It's YOUR art. :)


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