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“Hearts understand in ways minds cannot.”
― Louis Wilson

I recently wandered into Waterstones and found a beautiful book by Drew Barrymore. It’s basically a book full of photographs in which she has posted images of hearts found in absolutely everything. It sounds corny, but it’s actually quite clever. You can see the book here. I haven’t bought it yet but it’s on my wishlist. The other day we were looking for new mirrors for the house – we really needed something in the downstairs bathroom as it’s such a big empty space and also a mirror above our fireplace. We spent ages looking at mirrors, most of them were unwrapped and had dents or scratches in them. We found the one below for the bathroom but it had a small varnish stain in the lower corner…. but since it was heart shaped I decided I’d start my own mini project of Finding it in everything and we bought it anyway! Don’t worry, I’m not going to insist a heart is every photo I take this year…maybe a heart OR an owl…



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“Those moments when you have no idea what you are doing, can mean everything later on.”

I started the morning feeling that taking a photograph for the purpose of blogging every day for a year, was a hindrance. In fact, if I’m completely honest I have felt that way for the past few days and have simply photographed anything that comes to hand without really feeling it. I’ve been talking about the 365 challenge to a few people lately and they make faces and look at me like I’m crazy. So I decided to take a moment to look back and establish exactly what made the challenge a success in 2012, and exactly why I should persevere and keep going now, in 2014. In order to do that, I needed to look at what Photography had meant to me, from day one.

I remember the first Photograph I took – and I mean properly took. I was armed with my brand new Sony D-SLR A200 and a mere telephoto and landscape lens. Things that I had campaigned for, for my Birthday, without really understanding why I wanted them. In fact, when I look at the metadata for the Photograph right now, it states 20th April 2009. The day I got my ‘proper’ camera. My Birthday. 20 years young! Here’s the photo…


It was almost 7pm, the light was just starting to fade and I headed up to a road behind the house that leads to rolling hills (my favourite Autumn driveway that some may have seen already) and the ‘Sunset Tree’ that I favoured photographing for quite a while. In the distance, although you can’t see it, are the buildings of the local town and one of those golden blurs is the Church. I remember snapping this and having no idea what I was doing. This particular image now sits pride of place on the table that I set up at networking events, displays and fayres. I had it printed onto a canvas, and also mounted on board and framed rather nicely. I look at it now and realise that whilst I had no idea what I was doing back then – it turned out okay, in fact more than okay – people look at me slightly shocked when I tell them this image was the first Kathryn Dawson Photography photo…

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I suppose the point of my reflection, and my ramble, is that there can be times in your life when you really don’t know what you’re doing. You’re just pressing the button on a moment and you don’t even know why. It can be a month, it could be 5 years before you realise the purpose of that moment and the purpose of you being utterly clueless. You may never know. But everything happens for a reason ( a cliche I’m sure many will agree ) and it actually helped me a lot today to look back at a time when I didn’t know what on earth I was doing – and realise that it turned out okay in the end – and that perhaps, deep down, I knew just a little bit.



2And today? 1873 days later…I still have moments when I think I have no clue what I’m doing, but I feel more and more inspired to create, capture and preserve. I made an effort today (admittedly with a spray bottle of water and a human tripod) – but an effort all the same. I’m pretty pleased with the results…

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