Date: 13th June 2020
Location: Isle of Wight
Category: Simply Everyday Delights
Joy in the details
Though joy may seem trivial in the face of the momentous challenges we face right now, moments of joy provide a necessary rest — physically, emotionally, and mentally — making us more resilient over the long term.Ingrid Fetell-Lee, Joy Newsletter, 13th June 2020
I admit to feeling bad about wanting to sustain my joy and Everyday Delights practice during more serious matters. But, as I’ve already written this week, I need to find place in my life for both. As Ingrid says, having a change of focus to look for joy builds resilience to face the tougher issues.
This week Ingrid’s Facebook Joyspotting Society group is zooming in on details. In the spirit of finding balance and a measure of self-care, I went on a search through my archives for closeups of textures. Peeling paint and crumbling old wood are some of my favourite types of textures because they invite me reach out and touch.
One of the things I love about looking this closely at things is seeing how weathering brings out a range of colours and different textures. And light of course, has a huge role to play in how the textures come across in a photograph. It has to be from the right direction to create just enough shadow to give depth to the textures.
And the joy?
For me, it’s discovering the unexpected that reveals itself so abstractly when you zoom in on textures: the layers of colour, the iridescence, the patterns. Each layer tells a story of the object’s life span.
Which one from this collection do you want to touch? For me, its the paint in middle of the first row and the caked mud.