In the place beyond words

by Starla J. King on July 13, 2012

Even writers (at least this one!) need to spend time in that place beyond words — both literally and figuratively.  Because it’s in that space that the words re-germinate to later resurface with an increased depth and beauty.

My place beyond words last week was Mt. Ranier in Washington State.  My niece at one point during our mountain hike said “there’s a blog post in this” and she was right…  but in this case words fall short and photos take on the challenge of expression.

I have digitally retouched almost every photo in some way as my attempt to portray visually my inner response to the outer experience of nature’s soul-shaking grandeur.  I offer those photos here in the hopes that perhaps you too can touch that experience of  a “place beyond words.”

[click on thumbnails to see full-sized photos]

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Melissa Sarno July 16, 2012 at 9:25 am

I love this idea of ‘places beyond words’ These photos are gorgeous. I usually feel uncomfortable re-touching photos but sometimes when I see a photo just out of the camera it doesn’t look the way it felt. I love that you wanted to capture that.

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Starla J. King July 16, 2012 at 10:30 am

Melissa, thanks so much!

Oh, I *so* understand the discomfort of re-touching photos. (You might be interested in the blog post I wrote a while ago about that very issue: http://outwriteliving.com/on-not-being-a-purist/ ).

I have recently realized that digitial photography has become my form of “painting.” It gives me a way to create a visual representation of what my eyes see PLUS what I feel. I love noticing what I instinctively highlight in a photo (by brightening or deepening the colors around one small part of the photo, or sharpening the definition on a certain few leaves of a plant, etc)… it helps me learn what enticed me to take the photo in the first place, and gives me a chance to re-live that photo moment in an even more present and detailed way.

I highly encourage playing around with re-touching your photos! Perhaps the more your “touch” your photos, the more they will “touch” those who see them?

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