The most delightful package arrived yesterday from Spain, and it was from long time Flickr friend Lorena Arance. Story time! Several years ago when I was just learning about photography (though we’re never done learning) as more than just a hobby, I realized Flickr wasn’t just a place to upload my stuff, but a great way to meet other photographers- but I was afraid to add the “untouchables”. You know, the photographers that have 100+ comments (or none at all, but 400+ favorites). I was scared because I didn’t want to become lost in a see of comments or favorites- I wanted to connect. (And if I’m honest, I didn’t want them to reject my photography, and by association, me.) But then I decided, you don’t meet people if you don’t try, and went for it. That’s how I met Lorena. She’s been on heavily visited blogs like Decor8, and her work is vivid, still, and enchanting. It’s all on film, and it’s all every day life. (My favorite, of course!) She’s truly been an inspiration and I hope we can meet one day.
Oh, and you won’t believe where Lorena is right now. Well, yesterday she was at Bunratty Castle Folk Park. That’s right, she booked a vacation to Ireland (Galway, Clare, Mayo, etc) and included several places Tom and I visited after seeing them on this here blog. She’s standing where I stood a few months ago, perhaps even shooting the same things. Seeing the same people. Eating in the same cafes. How cool is that? (Needless to say, I am eagerly anticipating her Ireland film series.)
The Beautiful Work of Lorena Arance
Portfolio • Blog (Spanish) • New Flickr
The lesson here? Fear is stupid. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but don’t let fear get in the way of your happiness. I’ve spent a lot of my life afraid. Afraid of change, rejection, people, life in general. But having the strength to do it anyway (partake in a video blog project publicly on YouTube, write a public blog, move to Canada) has brought me more joy than I can begin to convey. Do it. =)