Every Picture Tells a Story

“We travel, some of us forever, to seek other states, other lives, other souls.”
Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 7: 1966-1974

 

Do you remember that time, back in October, when I went to France? Yeah, I know. I’d kind of forgotten, myself. Life did a somersault, followed by a back-flip, and took off running the very day we returned. The magic of our journey went Poof! as we rushed to catch up to job changes, computer crashes, book deals . . .

 

I say I am a writer, yet there is another part of me that allows words to fall away, one that delights in shapes and textures, light and shadow. It holds hands with the writer, and together they process the world, funneling sensation into perspective. I’ve favored the writer, choosing words as my craft and it is that craft I study; pictures are more a means of play.

 

But there is also a safety for me in photography. It is my down time; to release the shutter is to release my mind. To write is to be vulnerable, to have an opinion, to expose an inner world, unprotected. Behind a camera, I am simply an eye, holding still for one heartbeat a certain cast of light, an angle of stone against sky, a ripple of water, the turn of a head.

 

I took hundreds of photographs and slowly, over these past months, I’ve culled and sorted, distilling less than a tenth of them into an album to share. I wanted, many months ago, to tell you how much this journey meant to me, how much a part of my soul France is, what amazing places we explored. How about I just show you, instead?

 

Follow this link to an album: Dordogne, Lot, Loire: October 2014

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From Château de Commarque; Château de Laussel in distance. Dordogne, October 2014 ©2015 Julie Christine Johnson

 

5 thoughts on “Every Picture Tells a Story

  1. Gorgeous photographs, Julie. I know from my own travels in France that it’s hard to take a bad picture, but yours are truly special. Your love of the place can be felt in every one. A way with words isn’t your only talent! Cheers! 🙂

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  2. Wow! I have never really thought too much about going to France, as my mind always ventures to the sun and the beach when I dream of traveling. However, your photos just sold me. I need to be there…like yesterday. Your pics definitely gave me the feeling that I could fall in love with France 😉 Someday. You did an amazing job with this photos, Julie. ~Dawn

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    1. Dawn, thank you! What a wonderful comment. France is truly where our hearts sing. Brendan and I met in a French class at university, and twenty-three years later, we’re still in love with a place. And each other 🙂

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