You never know what will happen when you send a child on a mission. Many years ago just after our daughter Saren returned from her missionary service in Bulgaria (about 1995), we arranged for an extraordinary 18-year-old young woman named Eva Koleva, whom Saren had met and grown to love there to join us in America to get her college education.
Eva was an only child and at the time her parents allowed her to come, it was almost impossible for them to get out of the country and very difficult for her get back in without being trapped there. Those courageous parents knew that there was a good chance that they might not see their daughter again at least for many years: a heart-wrenching sacrifice.
To make a long, lovely story short, she finished her education at the University of Utah, married our good friend’s son (we managed to squeeze her parents out of the country for the wedding) and took off for Oxford University where her husband was doing a business degree. With her little Kodak camera in hand she declaring that she was going to take some classes and become a photographer.
Become a photographer she did! Eva has won national and international awards with her stunning photography and later with a prize-winning book called Lost in Learning. To see her astounding photography and learn a little more about her life and her art click HERE.
Below is a blog post from her always stimulating blog. To get a little inspiration every time you peek in, see her blog HERE.
The Way we See the World
Sometime today, take a few moments out of your busy life and make an attempt at really seeing.
Find something intriguing to focus on and put in the effort to notice the details: shapes, textures, negative spaces, light and shadow, contours, shades of color etc.
Contemplate for a minute, why that detail caught your attention and how it moved you once you took note if it.
Learning to really see the world is a labor common to the inventor, the writer, the leader, the musician, the teacher, the entrepreneur and anyone else who might bear the title of artist.
It’s one of the reasons I get irked when people learn I’m a photographer and the first question out of their mouths is “which kind of camera do you use?”
I just point to my eyes.
The magic isn’t in the black box, it’s in the way we see the world.
Our vision begets creation.
The lenses through which we look determine the world we live in.