The Little Things in Life

This little thing has been a nice distraction for my holidays. This is actually a perfect little fairy that I got for my perfect little daughter who still believes that everything is both real and unreal at the same time. She doesn’t yet realize (or care) about what is possible and impossible. She has this wonderful free-spirit that is delicate and innocent – a soft way of holding my hand with intent as her grip loosens while she falls asleep.

I got her this little winged muse for the holidays – a tiny jewelry box for little things that she likes to use to make herself pretty for me.

Having kids running around is very nice for the artist in me… (uh oh – stream of consciousness warning – but don’t worry I am not a blogger who listens to the same Enya song 37 times in a row) It reminds me that it doesn’t really matter what is real and not real that affects the state of mind… To her fairies and magical forest creatures are real and full of wonder. They affect what she thinks and what she does… Then as adults, we are not supposed to think about that stuff any more because it is for children, but don’t we still fill up our heads with other things that are not real? Not only do we fill our heads up with non-corporeal visions, but most of them aren’t any fun at all! So, I say, why not go ahead and fill up our adult heads with fantastical things that may or may not be real, and have fun with it? I fill my head with things that have a deep truth and a fantastical nature… I suppose you can see some of that bleed out in my photos… and many of these things that are in my head actually come true in unexpected ways. There are elements of my brain that are like Big Fish and The Fall — all of it is there and happening within various levels… I am glad movies like that exist and kids exist… reminding us of what is secretly acceptable.

The Little Things in Life (by Stuck in Customs)

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  • http://enhancedforloop.wordpress.com Patrick

    Few things are more mesmerizing than hdr’d bokeh.

    Good eye! I was just thinking about how the little things in life are the most important.

  • http://www.takkiwrites.com Birgit

    Amen to that! May your daughter never stop dreaming and exploring the mystery around her! In fact, I was just thinking about that this morning as I started my day: How we as adults have lost our capacity of dreaming and exploring! How we rush trough life and don’t even see or smell anymore. Yes, we can learn a lot from children!

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  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks Patrick and Birgit :)… yes it is true.

    And also thank you, mysterious German person with glasses like mine! :)

  • http://www.takkiwrites.com Birgit

    Trey, I assume that your not fluent in German (though mine is not that good, either ( : ) – I had exactly the same thoughts as you this morning (without having read your post) – so this is what my post in German is all about. I like when such myterious things happen… btw – those are my old glasses – but I am debaiting right now if I should get a new pair that kind of look like them or get this old one and have new prescription in it. Something I wanted to share for some time: Both of my grandfathers only had one eye! One lost his eyesight as a young boy, the other due to the 2nd world war. I always wondered if it was because of my grandfathers that I decided to see the world through one eye – looking trough the viewfinder of a camera! So thats how I became a photographer.

  • Deb

    Lovely picture! My daughter loves fairies also. I saved this one so I could send it to her. Thank You Trey, again, for the wonderful pictures!!

  • http://stuckincustoms.com Anna

    My Grand-daughter loves faires too. Thanks so much for sharing your heart and your wonderful pictures.

  • Tiny Pixels

    Hear, hear. Children provoke the most fantastical and profound thoughts. How else could it be when you have decided forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body?

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Birgit! Okay now I get it…. You are the mysterious German – revealed! That’s great to know – thank you… also, I really enjoyed your photo of that tree with the blue background – it’s amazing.

    Thanks Deb, Anna, and Tiny Pixels :)

  • DEE

    I understand the German, but still don’t understand HDR or how the pictures can be so beautiful.

  • Susan

    Wonderful shot Trey! Is that the star in the background? Yes, I hope she and all of us never lose that sense of wonder and freedom.

  • Barb

    Fairies and magic are as real as you want them to be.

  • http://thephotogformula.com Nate

    Not only another beautiful capture, but also a beautiful jewel box. I hope your daughter never loses her imagination and never stops dreaming.

  • http://www.vaxxine.com/wtester Wayner

    I so much agree with you.
    I am currently rewriting my website in preparation for moving to another carrier as early as possible in 2009.
    With your permission I would like to quote this as I open the new website either on the website itself or in the International letter which will become Wayne’s Letter.
    I will of course give you credit and include a link to your website.
    You have written it so well — and it’s what I want to say.

  • Dr. Electro

    I have an obsission with dragons. My son (now 38 years old) has a thing for witches both real and unreal. All nine of my grandkids love fairies and trolls.

    Here’s hoping none of us outgrow our fascinations. I know it’s too late for me to outgrow mine!! :D

  • http://www.stuckincustoms.com tratcliff

    Thanks all!

    Sure thing Wayner… no problem — all my stuff is Creative Commons (with no commercial use), so just quote and link back – no problemo :)

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