Sea Blue Lens

Who Am I?

img_1376My name is León (it’s a long story) and I also go by Lee. I was born on the west coast of the USA and grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada — yes, really! — before moving to California to raise my own family. In the mid-1990s I migrated eastward to Ohio, and five years later, in 2000, moved to a small city near the coast of Maine, where I felt truly at home for the first time in my life. In 2012 I retired and moved back to California, but after only a year and a half, I returned to Maine, the home of my heart. Who knows what’s next? Perhaps that’s what I’m trying to figure out here, as I remember the past, explore the present, and contemplate the future through words and images.

I’ve been into photography on and off for most of my life. I bought my first camera at age 11, through an ad in the back of a magazine. “Real, not a toy!” the ad said. Right. I think it only lasted through two rolls of film, but I still have the photographs I took with it. I’ve had many cameras since then, from a Kodak Instamatic to my current Nikon D5100 and that little gem I find myself using more and more, my iPhone. I feel more serious with the dSLR in my hands, but the iPhone is just fun. It feels like going full circle, back to the spontaneity of play and sense of wonder that I experienced with that first, cheap, “not a toy” plastic camera.

dsc_0124This blog was begun in 2011 as a place to do homework assignments for an online photography course. More recently I’ve struggled a bit with what to do with it. I keep reading that I need to have intention and purpose for my photography, and therefore, by logical extension, for my blog. I’ve written about this here.

I recently stumbled across this wise and wonderful advice:

Instructions for living a life:
Pay attention.
Be astonished.
Tell about it.
~ Mary Oliver, from her poem “Somewhere”

That’s it, my intention and purpose. The truth is, I simply like taking pictures, and I like writing about them. This is my photo journal where I can do just that. A quick look around will reveal that I love nature, the sea – in fact, water of any kind, old things, books, and solitude. I’m happy you’ve come to visit.

I can be reached via email at seabluelee {at} yahoo {dot} com.

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2 thoughts on “Who Am I?

  1. Hi there, I wanted to thank you for letting me know where I found that cute quote that I put up on my blog this past week. I read so much it is hard to remember where I see things. I wanted to e-mail as I don’t think I have your e-mail and was looking for it here but didn’t see one. Sorry to post here and you can delete it after you have seen it.

  2. Thank you for the kind comments you have been leaving on my blog. I have never been able to find a link back to yours until today. I’m not sure that something you could change in your settings, but I’m finally able to enjoy your beautiful photography!