A real and active virtue
“True contentment is a real, even an active, virtue – not only affirmative but creative. It is the power of getting out of any situation all there is in it.” — G. K. Chesterton
Although my habit of taking photographs wherever I go sometimes annoys my companions, a few friends share this passion and understand. Photographs are, for me, one way of getting the most out of any situation. When I freeze a moment in time with a photograph, I am saying to myself, “I am happy — or at least content — to be right here, right now, and want always to remember it.” Many of the photos I take are of everyday situations, and I think people are often amused or bewildered at why I would want to capture the mundane or even unpleasant in a photo. But Chesterton’s words have helped me to understand that usually, the urge to bring out my camera springs from the creativity of contentment.