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The Gardener {50/52}

Plant the seed . . . nourish it . . . nurture it . . . and it will surely grow, with time.

I think the hardest part is finding the patience to let it grow. In a society of instant gratification, we rarely give things the time they need to mature. I know I've been guilty about this in the past, but I'm trying to be better about it. Sometimes I'll start a project with excitement, but that excitement quickly turns into dismay when the image doesn't instantly come together. This is a perfect example of that. I was so inspired by my last image (Wallflower) and when I stumbled upon a little garden shed, I instantly imagined this concept. I was filled with excitement at first as I shot it and began editing, but that excitement grew into frustration. It just didn't feel right. 

When that happens, usually I'll scrap the project and start on something else, but I didn't want to do that in this case. I didn't want to give up on it. So I kept working on it. Tweaking and re-working it. I had at least five different versions of this, maybe more (I lost track). I nearly drove myself mad trying to make it right, but I didn't give up and hopefully I managed to pull it off.

This image is about perseverance . . . about growing yourself into the person you want to be . . . about growing a dream and never giving up on it, even when you think that it's dying. Nothing happens over night, just like a plant doesn't grow over night. It takes time and patience, and a lot of hard work. We are all the gardeners of our own dreams, whatever that dream may be. So don't be afraid to plant that seed. It may take a long time to grow, but it's so worth the time it takes to bring it to life.

I have two images left to complete this 52 week project, but my journey doesn't end here. In fact, I feel like it has only just begun. What began as a distraction, a fun little experiment, has turned into a passion. I have fallen in love with storytelling through imagery and I hope to continue on this journey for many days to come. 

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