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.
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.”