Reaching

“Too low they build, who build beneath the stars.”

Edward Young said that. I have no idea who he is or was but his quote resonates with me. It is an attitude that my father has impressed upon me for most of my adult life. I have ample time to reflect on my life and ask myself, Is this as good as it gets? The answer is always no. That’s when I sit down behind my inkwell and begin to draw up a list of where I am, where I desire to be, and what steps I need to take to get there.

In December I had some more note cards printed up. I really like the quality of work my supplier provides, and I especially enjoy seeing my images used in such a practical way. I can’t remember the last time I walked into a Hallmark store.

When I look around our home and see my work displayed, I am grateful for the opportunity to achieve what I have with a camera, albeit humble achievements. If ever I detect a hint of jealousy towards artists who have gone further in their endeavours, I remind myself that I set the ceiling of my photographic ambitions and reached them all. If I wanted more success, I should have set the bar higher.

When I read over journal entries from when I first began to take photographs of kaleidoscopes, I wrote that I want to create cards, but I would never want to have my work in a gallery. Don’t believe me? And I quote: “Now, there have been suggestions of going beyond this. That is, thrusting my images into the scary and subjective world of framed art. What a suggestion! Imagine walking into a gallery and seeing my work on the walls. Kaleidoscopes are intimate creations, and thus, so should they be observed.”

Wow, Carla. Well done, me, for keeping my eye on the prize and not giving up until I crossed the finish line. But just think what I might have achieved had I set my eyes a bit higher. It’s not too late. If not in photography, perhaps in something else. I must learn from this. No regrets, just, dream bigger next time, Carla.

“Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp, Or what’s a heaven for?” Robert Browning

A favourite card of mine, cropped from a larger image.
Scope made by David Kalish.

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