By B. Lynn Goodwin.
Sometimes words inspire us; sometimes photos of skies, silhouettes, and special people are worth a thousand words. Inspiration comes in all sizes and shapes. Sometimes it’s anticipated and sometimes it’s unexpected.
What inspires you? Do you have your own set of inspiring photos?
The mist rising from Victoria Falls shows me the power of nature. It’s so beyond my power. Surely something grander than humans designed this. And what am I, a middle-aged California woman, doing in Africa? I’m seeing one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Life can be amazingly inspiring when you say Just Say Yes.
These are four of the women I write with, walking, talking, imagining, and dreaming during a break on a writing retreat at a private home above Jenner. Their writing inspires me and so does this shot which captures them in a moment where they are simultaneously independent and connected. We have separate lives, but we have a purpose in common: we want to tell our stories and share them with others. What does your favorite shot of friends look like?
I swear it’s the sunlight and not electricity highlighting this retreat nestled in the hills west of Seattle by the edge of the sea. When I first saw this house, I thought its isolation was inspiring, but when I saw it in a photo, my imagination went wild.
Richard, who is now my husband, offered to take a photo of strangers in Yosemite last summer, and then asked them to do the same for us. At the time, my common sense told me I couldn’t love him, but when I looked at my face, it showed something very different. I love this photo because it tells the whole world that I’m happy, and what could be more inspiring than that?
I shot this on my way to Missoula, Montana to visit my sister and her family. I took it right after I’d turned off from the Interstate heading east and began traveling north. I looked in my rearview mirror, and gasped. Who sculpted those clouds and who backlit them? I pulled over, hopped out, and preserved exactly what I saw before the clouds shifted. Every time I look at them, they lift me up.
Why not write back and tell me what photos inspire you? Or tell me why music or dance or art or your child inspires you more than photos.