The art of deleting

_MG_7199The snow is getting deeper and squeezing its way into my boots. I am seriously regretting leaving my ski pants in the truck but thankful my wife wore hers. She kindly makes a partial path in the snow. I’m concentrating on aligning my steps with her tracks while carefully scanning the forest around us. Neither is working particularly well.

I don’t know what I’m looking for but confident I’ll know when I see it. Photography can be a journey into the unknown – a search for elusive beauty. It’s a bit ironic that I now spend considerable time on this artistic side of life. It wasn’t always so.

Going way back to grade five, my art interest was negligible. I tried drawing horses but they somehow ended up looking strangely like pigs. With no satisfaction after a few attempts, I abandoned all hope and interest in what I knew to be art.

The rule in art class was that I had to draw one picture before I could read a book. I learned to quickly slap something together and get back to the wonderful world of fiction.

Suddenly my mind snaps back to the forest. I see the sun peek through the trees and hit the snowy forest floor. I found it! My wife wanders off as I raise my camera and try to determine the best composition. I have started the process of deleting.

Nature photographers start with a finished canvas and keep deleting until only the photo remains. I only need to see the beauty around me. That’s good because I’m pretty lousy at creating it. The problem with my grade five art class was that we started with a blank piece of paper.

I’m still learning the art of seeing. Sometimes that means not getting distracted by things like the cool feeling of snow melting in my boots.

I start heading back with a smile on my face. That was a beautiful spot. Now back to the truck and the safely stowed ski pants.

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  1. Inspired and pretty says:

    Two really beautiful photos. I love how you captured the sparkling snowflakes 🙂

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  2. Scott Marshall says:

    top shot is wicked light and right moody lyle

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  3. rachel bar says:

    What a great writer you are!

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  4. artsifrtsy says:

    I really like that idea of “deleting” I studied drawing in college – the blank page takes more of out of you to fill with something good or worth looking at – with a camera all we need to do is put something inside the rectangle that is interesting to look at – it’s so right-brained that it’s almost instinctive. Nice post!

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  5. Mandy says:

    Stunning photo; one of my favourites.

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  6. Deb W. Trotter says:

    I relate to your thoughts on seeing rather than creating beauty. But what you cause your camera to see creates beauty for the rest of us. Thanks!

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  7. Phil Lanoue says:

    At a quick first glance at your post title I thought it was going to be about deleting images. I guess it’s because I’m in that frame of mind I have three external hard drives that are getting full and I have to make room.
    I do agree with and appreciate your approach, I feel I often do the same out there in nature.

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  8. melodylowes says:

    Incredibly real description of the process – ‘I’ll know it when I see it…’ The hunt for beauty takes so many forms – but it seems to satisfy a heart-hunger somewhere deep, and it drives us to create and capture or record what our soul finds beautiful – the Arts in a nutshell. Great post. (Now, can you delete the snow?) 🙂

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  9. Kodiak My Little Grizzly says:

    Worth the wait… Looks wonderful!

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  10. Audie Jean says:

    How true! We do not choose without rejecting what we haven’t chosen.

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  11. Janet says:

    I like your description of “seeing” and “creating”. Years ago, when learning to see a potential image, I would always know right away what I DIDN’T want it to look like. I didn’t always know what I wanted right away, but by weeding out what I DIDN’T want, it became easier to identify what made it special. Thank you for sharing. As always you inspire me to think about creating images that stand out from the rest.

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  12. vanbraman says:

    A good description of the process. Sometimes you have to really focus on your subject and let the surroundings be what they are. I sometimes visualize the background as a blank canvas so that I only see my subject and then worry about the whole picture later.

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  13. LizzieJoy says:

    Lovely photo with gorgeous lighting. Thank you dear friend. Well worth getting damp feet for. Like you, I tried to draw horses when I was very young and then gave up trying to be creative, convinced I was no good. All these years later, and like you, I am enjoying the emergence of hidden talents. I wonder how many more of us there are? I also always wanted to be able to write, so that’s my next project. Bless you for lighting the way for me.

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    • lylekrahn says:

      Thanks. I didn’t expect a fellow traveller on that indirect journey – perhaps there are others. All the best with your desire to add writing to the quiver!

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