Thursday, February 4, 2010

"To Draw Light"

Oh bliss! I love photography.

The word "photography" stems from two Greek words - the Greek word for Light - "Photos", and then the Greek word for To Draw - "Graphein". Such a beautiful melding of words to sum up a beautiful art.

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I am fascinated by the sheer genius that it took to create the first camera. The first known photograph was taken in 1827, and rumor has it that back then the exposure time took anywhere between 8 hours and 5 days!

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When I really stop and think about it, I carry around with me one of my favorite inventions of all time. Such a beautiful machine that can capture such beauty all because of light. I can't think of a more perfect name to explain what a camera produces - photography - "To Draw Light".

For years I have carried around a ratty old leather camera bag to house this lovely invention. When I was 20, my parents gave me my first SLR camera - a Canon, and I loved it. I loved controlling the light that was captured, the focus - everything. I refused to go to digital when it first came out, back before Digital SLRs hit the market. When Brian and I first started dating he kept insisting that I try out a DSLR just to see what it was like. And then that Christmas, he gave me one as a gift - and it's been my favorite toy ever since then. I still kept it in that old leather bag that I had my first camera in. Until now...

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Isn't it beautiful? Ketti Handbags has been an Etsy favorite of mine for a long time now. I love how Ketti makes beautiful bags that are actually worthy of carrying such a remarkable piece of equipment. The shape, the pattern, the detail - I love all of it, and it doesn't compromise the durability of the bag. Hooray! I finally have a pretty bag to house my lovely camera!

48 comments:

passport in my pocket said...

beautiful camera bag.... I've never heard of Ketti Handbags before, but I shop on Etsy regularly, so I will check out her shop! I just got an SLR camera, and my Best Buy bag is drab.

the Lost Earring said...

Love this post! Love love love photography :) I took a class on the history of photography and it was quite amazing. And I must say that working in a darkroom definitely made my respect for the greats grow exponentially! That is one cute camera bag.

Little Lovables said...

lovely bag! cameras are truly something amazing. I have an old boy scoot manual that tells how to make one!

xoxoKrysten said...

I just want to say your blog is SO pretty. Love.

Hannah said...

Oh! It's SO pretty! I love it! :)

Hannah said...

Also, to draw light--how beautiful! And how true. :)

Bri said...

One of my friends actually has an old camera like that - it's a ton of fun to play with. And I love the pattern on that bag!

Bethany Dirksen said...

NO WAY!!! I'm going to go mark her shop right now. We are looking into buying a new camera and I think this might just be necessary to go along with it! Thank you so much for sharing.

Geezees Custom Canvas Art said...

Love your blog...what a wonderful photographer you are.
Thanks for sharing your work!

Sara Ballstaedt said...

i absolutely LOVE that bag!!

Sarah Mina said...

oooh i love it! i thought the lowepro swingbag i got for mine was great but this is phenamonal!

Amanda said...

Beautiful! My little sister is a photographer, so I'll have to let her know about these bags - she'll love them, too!

Sarah said...

Very splendid indeed Dionne! I adore it. :) Happy traveling to you and your camera.

FEDERICA said...

Fantastic Dionne! You are really a talented photographer.
Federica

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

ooooo love this bag! such happy colors! wish I could draw light so beautifully as you do! xo

Meg said...

wow that's a camera bag? so cute! i only have a little pocket digital, but i definitely got a cute case for it right away.

Meghan said...

Such a lovely, stylish bag!

Linz said...

oooh, i didn't know that was the origin of the word. how lovely! and i love your camera bag. it's the perfect size, shape, and look!

jennifer young said...

dionne! that is prettiest camera bag i've ever seen! ever!!! love :)
j.

tinypaperheart said...

very cute camera bag :)

LBB said...

I've never seen such a pretty camera bag! Yay for you! :)

Erica said...

That camera bag is wonderful, great info on cameras, too!

dandelion daydream photography said...

lovely post! i love carrying around my camera too.. and am definitely going to check out this line of bags! :) i heart photography :) and your blog.. i may have to stop by more often!

Maki said...

What a lovely bag!! I love the color so much -- cute cute!!!

Tali Schiffer said...

What an awesome bag! I have to admit that the bag issue was what kept me from bringing my camera along to some events, where I didn't want to be sticking out with my big awkward camera bag. Thanks for finding these!

Tender Branson said...

I would not have even guessed that that is a camera bag on the outside. Nice little trick.

AMKreations said...

Cute bag. =)

simplesong said...

great idea -- love the bag!

Rebekah Williams said...

Your new bag is to die for. Thanks for introducing me to this amazing etsy seller!

Lovely Scribbles said...

How exciting, Dionne! Your camera bag it adorable...much, much cuter than mine. :) My husband bought me a digital SLR for Christmas, and it's definitely my new favorite toy, too. Oh, and...your photos are amazing, as always!!

Heather said...

what a beautiful camera bag! You are so freakin adorable, Dionne! And I'm SO glad I just found your blog here!!
:) Heather Curtis

Nicole Marie said...

oh so cute!!! i have an ugly old leather camera bag too. this would be so cute!!

Rachel Follett said...

Your illustration is stunning! One of my faves. Have a wonderful weekend!

Elsie Flannigan said...

love you blog too!!!! XO. elsie

Abi said...

Ooh, I love that bag!!! I think it has to be one of the best camera bags I have ever seen!!!

Kristin said...

WOW, I need to forward this to my photog friend. Beautiful!

Sarah said...

Oh fantastic. Camera bags are the worst! This is such a pretty alternative!

Christy said...

i love all your etsy finds. so beautiful! glad to have found your blog too.

Heather said...

love the bag!!!!!!! So much fun to read your blogs Dionne. :)

photojoy said...

How lovely! I've never found such a lovely camera bag around me. They are any color but black! And glad to hear such a sweet story about your camera history. I love your photos as well as your illustrations. It was nice to know what "photography" means.

Barbara said...

Really like the meaning of photography, because that is exactly someone with your talent does...draw light.
And once again, I adore your drawing of the camera. You are amazing!

avant garde said...

i'm heading to her etsy site for sure. i'm buying a new canon digital camera (a super nice one!)this month and need, need, need one of those bags. i keep seeing so many scenes, occasions, things while i take my runs like beautiful textures on trees, light, birds. i cannot wait to get that in my creative little hands. :) thanks for the inspiration!

Tamara Nicole said...

I want a camera bag! My hubby and I sell our travel photos on Etsy and in shows here in WA, BUT I've been missing out on a cute bag this whole time!

I love photography, sooo much fun and another way to express creativity. Thanks for your post!

Pamela said...

That bag is awesome....and perfect timing, too. I'm in need of a new one!

Kotori said...

That bag is INCREDIBLE. I love it... so smart and so cute. You always have the best finds Dionne!

Lindsey said...

Love the bag. I'm going to go look at her shop asap.

And I LOVE that camera drawing. Very sweet.

if i haver said...

What a great camera bag!!

Gaia said...

I'm always stunned from your amazing pics and layers... you are the greatest!