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New Friend

I didn't sleep very well the night before Meghan flew in for the mini photo-camp we'd dreamed up.  Will asked, are you nervous because you don't really know her?  That wasn't why I was nervous but he had a point.  We met and hit it off at Camp Shutter Sisters last fall, and since she lives one state over it seemed easy to plan our own little photography retreat weekend.

We are very different.  Our photographic styles are different, we get charged by different subject matter, and we have different approaches to shooting.  She is drawn to vintage looks and loves the evocative feeling of old film.  I am avowedly digital and can't stop myself from overexposing everything I shoot.  But we are both groping toward a deeper understanding of our creative paths and our life paths, if such things are separable.

Between us there was that flicker of instant recognition that arises with new true friends, familiar even though you know none of their backstory.  I don't even know how you met your husband, or what your mom is like, I told her before she arrived.  These are things you know about people you feel connected to.  But then she was here, and as each new piece was revealed something small clicked into place.  You find yourself surprised and completely unsurprised all at once at how perfectly things fit together. 

This weekend comfort and discovery mingled.  I see Meghan as accomplished and brave and grounded, and all those things are true, but with each new fragment of her life she shared I appreciated further the depth of her resilience and authenticity and the power of her dreams.

She thought I seem fearless because so many of my stories featured a Corinna that was unafraid to move boldly through the world.  Of course lately I feel pinned down by fear, but hearing my own stories for the first time again is a reminder that within me there are reservoirs of chutzpah that might yet be accessible.

It was a nourishing weekend on every level, but I wasn't sad when I dropped Meghan at the airport yesterday.  I know that this budding friendship that is shiny and new now will, over time, earn the familiar well-worn patina captured by her beloved Polaroid.

Reader Comments (8)

lovely Corinna. your connection is obvious and i am so happy that you reconnected again. and yes, you have a lot of ooomph in you - you are bold, courageous and authentic. go forward, that's all you can do. work through the fears. heaven knows i have many of them ;)

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commentertamar

Love this photo. It's very "you." Love your recap of the weekend. Love you. xoxo

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMeghan @ Life Refocused

What a lovely post. I am so happy that you guys got to play. I hope that we all get to play again at camp.

February 14, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterannie

What a truly lovely read... keep them coming!

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBoxer's Adventures

and here i thought you two CAME together... what a wonderful experience and so glad you had this weekend together.
the pic above is beautiful - awesome colours, and subject, and vantage point.

February 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLIttle Macrina

pleasant tonality and really cool cutting

February 16, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterfabrizio

Wow, what an amazing thing to do. You've written about it so beautifully and I love that picture. Can completely understand why it's on your inspiration's totally inspired me too! (visiting from Shutter Sisters).

February 17, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBecs

Noting like finding new friends especially when they are different from us. You've gone and done it again; you're done something quite inspiring and enriching. Great post!

You cracked me up with that overexposing everything self-description. It just looks good darn it!

February 19, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterChristopher

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