Written By: Rachel Gnagy @ Inscribed Photography
I haven’t been shooting very much recently. At all. Since about the middle of November, I haven’t really had the urge to pick up a camera. It’s a strange feeling, since photography is what I love. It’s something that has been a habit of mine for years now. So when I suddenly lost interest in taking pictures, I didn’t know what to do.
The other day I was out at my parents’ farm. It was a lovely afternoon – the sun was shining and I even heard birds singing. It had been a somewhat stressful week (we found out that my car is shot and we need to find a new vehicle, among other things) and a walk around the yard sounded like just the thing to clear my head.
Being out in the fresh, chilly air felt wonderful. I walked around the yard and prayed for inspiration. I wanted God to show me how to see the beauty around me.
Even in the middle of winter, I knew that I could find subjects that would make beautiful images. That was the inspiration I was seeking. I had felt so empty and uninspired for weeks – but on this afternoon, I was drawn to the way ice was melting… the way sunlight was hitting dead flowers… how pine needles curved at the end of their branches.
I was so thankful that the Lord answered my prayer – I felt refreshed and strengthened because of the inspiration He gave me. I know that my creativity and artistic ability come from Him in the first place, so I know He is the source of all of my inspiration.
“My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your word… May your unfailing love come to me, O LORD, your salvation according to your promise.”
– Psalm 119:28, 41