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#94 Photographs that make me gasp

By Cathryn Wellner / July 11, 2011
Red Cup of Hope

Red Cup of Hope, with thanks to photographer Wenata Babkowski

The photographs cycle past: Sunlight shining through the lacy branches of a Japanese maple, a pumpkin peeking out from deep green leaves, deep purple crocus opening to the sun, water droplets shimmering on a leaf.

I’m on Wenata Babkowski’s site, and I can’t get enough of her artistry. So I head over to her galleries. Under Wildlife, the comical face of an emu and calm eyes of a seal catch my eye. I click on Spirit of Humanity and am caught by the reaching hand and hidden face of an elderly street beggar. In the Manmade gallery familiar shapes transform from ordinary to artistic through the lens of this talented photographer.

Wenata is one of Twitter’s gifts to me, a White Rock, British Columbia, photographer whose work makes me see the world with fresh eyes. I took a walk this afternoon, with my camera, as usual. I tried to see a different world through my lens, not to judge myself against the high standard of Wenata’s work but to exercise parts of my brain she kicked into motion.

Wenata’s another reason I’m grateful for the Internet. Pre-Web days I’d never have had her example to learn from. Now she’s one of many who generously share their ideas, words, paintings, photographs, designs, happy to be able to find others whose passions are stirred by similar things.

This talented woman carries it one step further. Half the proceeds from the sale of her prints are donated to CARE and the World Wildlife Fund.

If you’re interested in photography or just want to experience a sense of wonder, you can follow Wenata on Twitter, “like” her on Facebook surf through the photographs she posts on her Web site.

Every photograph is a statement. Wenata Babkowski’s are a reflection of her hopes for the world. In the bio on her Web site, she writes: “My goal is to share an accurate glimpse into the world around us and that it brings enlightenment, hope, positive change and encourages us to be the best we can be.”


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Wenata Babkowski - July 11, 2011

Cathryn, I am so honoured and overwhelmingly moved by your beautifully written post! It is a very rare instance when someone communicates in such a poetic and meaningful way how your work and vision has touched their lives. Your heartfelt words mean more to me than any material gains could ever bring and I am profoundly grateful for your kindness and support.

I feel tremendously gratified in the knowledge that I have made such a heart-warming impact on another person. It has always been my dream to make a difference and your post has in turn inspired me to continue following my passion with even greater zest. Thank you so much; inspiration works both ways!

Your uplifting blog is a spark of hope for all. Your approach to helping our planet be a better place is so encouraging and I love your absolutely splendid posts about all the things that are right in the world, and all the reasons for striving to make it a better place. People are constantly focusing on the negative and I am truly blessed to have met you on Twitter, as you are definitely one of its sparkling gems.

With sincerest gratitude, Wenata

    admin - July 11, 2011

    And you, Wenata, lift my spirits by really seeing what it is I am trying to do with this blog. The world is an extraordinarily beautiful place. Far more that is good and beautiful happens than the balance of topics in the news would have us think. I have the sense that when I’ve identified 1001 reasons for hope, I will crack open even wider to that beauty. And then I’ll look for the next 1001 reasons and the next, until my last breath. It’s the least I can do to repay some small part of the gifts life has given me.

    When I look at your photos, I see wonder and miracles. You look through your lens and capture moments that are precious, even if they are hard. I learn from looking at your photographs, and I thank you for that.

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