A friend was telling a story the other day about living in community. He described how often friendship is about being the salt that brings out the best in those around you.
That idea has stuck in my mind since then, particularly as I've been working in the studio with a couple projects. I've been wayfaring with my passion for photography, discovering my "portrait voice." I'm realizing one of the aspects of this creative process that I'm really excited about is the post-production process. It's the fine-tuning of the image, retouching gently to bring about the best in the original photograph - and in the case of portraits, it's bringing out the best in the people captured by my lens. It's exactly what my friend was talking about in his story. Through my photography and portrait work, I'm being the salt that brings out the best in those around me.
I had one of those "feel good" experiences this week along these lines. I'm learning the art and science of post-production work, adding tips and tricks to my toolkit as I continue to discover how to apply this technique. This week, I was working on a portrait of an elderly couple. She is an angel in our community, and so I've been excited to blend some of my salt into the image. A little spot healing here, a little brightening of the eyes there... I even used my tools to make a bandaid disappear. It was holding his eyeglasses together. The finished product made me smile with pride. I can sometimes be my own worst critic. It felt good to see how my salt brought out the best of this couple. :-)
I know I love doing this creative work. Now, I have a better idea of why... I get to be salt in my community, brining out the best in those around me...