I didn't think a camera could make such a difference. Truly. I had no clue. But running around and taking photos and capturing moments and things seems to be a curiosity to the public - and those around me.
I thought I was supposed to be writing. Which I am. But it's bigger than just writing. It's about telling stories. About figuring out how and where your griot operates.
Mine lies somewhere in the community of everyone I know, doing things and also showing up in unusual places. Funny enough, when I began my first blog it was all about numbers and how many hits I could get. You (read I) got wrapped up in that sort of thing.
Now? It's about making a difference. It's about sharing. I'm not worried about numbers or stats. Not concerned about SEO. However, I do have the hope that as many people as possible are moved by my work. Maybe it leads to a conversation, a movement, a gesture. Something. A shift.
When I put the camera in my hands I didn't know what would happen to me. I began to see the world closely and more intricately. I see people in a different way. I see moments, colors, sounds. The people who come and speak to me as I'm out taking photos - they change me every time I press the button. When they have input and are invested without even knowing me.
I'm pretty sure there is much more to come. More than I am able to imagine. But I'm thankful the camera and I have become friends.
Now to work on the purchase of these new lenses.... sheesh.