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WHAT'S MY HOBBY?
SEEING THE WORLD THROUGH A DIFFERENT LENS: A WINDOW
THAT ALLOWS YOU TO TAP INTO YOUR CREATIVITY
Helen Youngblood, PHR - Programs/Seminars Team, 2017-2018
Member since 2005

Painting and photography, great passions of mine, have
provided me with a tremendous source of creative fulfilment
and inspiration. After having painted in an art studio
creating abstract paintings for many years, I returned to
my photography after an absence from it for almost fifteen
years. Resuming my photography took me outside of the
studio and out into the world. It represented an entirely
different medium for expressing my creativity.
The beauty of photography is simply that all it takes is a bit of
courage to jump into it without any expectations and begin
exploring the world through the view in a lens. It doesn't cost
much to grab a camera and push the shutter button, especially
when you consider the rewards it provides. Photography has
been a wonderful avenue to access my creativity and engage
with the world around me in ways that I normally would not,
but for that camera. Shooting photography catapults me into
a creative zone where I do not experience any sense of time,
becoming so completely immersed in it. In this state, I feel
alive, exhilarated, and more connected to myself and others.
With the structure of our daily routines and obligations, one's
creative self can be easily forgotten and swept aside. After
any prolonged absence from engaging in a creative outlet, I
begin to experience a sense of dullness and an awareness that
something is missing in my life. The more frequently I shoot
photography, the more I begin to increasingly see images in
my surroundings, much like exercising a muscle. Over time
I have become more self-confident and have developed
a sense of freedom of expression irrespective of anyone's

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approval. With time I also began to break the rules and take
risks, developing my own unique way of seeing the world.
My love of adventure and photography affords a great path
to explore your surroundings and the world around you. Los
Angeles with its considerable variety and diversity, as well
as an abundance of interesting local destinations, holds
endless subjects and photographic possibilities to explore.
Street photography in downtown Los Angeles has great
opportunities for capturing life in action, interesting street
scenes, and authentic people with a lifetime of experience
etched on their visages. Just across the river are the industrial
district and railroads, all of which are visually a dramatic
departure from the usual west side experience. I love the
beauty of the desert, with its vast expanse of emptiness,
creating a unique beauty with its minimalism along with its
subtle color palette. Death Valley, Route 66, and the Salton
Sea are just a few of my favorite local destinations
to photograph.
Just as with painting, in photography I am keenly concerned
with composition using elements of color, line, texture, and
especially light and shadows.
But for this camera, I would not have been present for these
images unfolding before my eyes. Viewing the world with its
beauty and wonder through this lens allows me to capture my
unique vision however it is that I perceive it. How grateful I am
to have the freedom to express my creativity and imagination,
which so greatly enhances the quality of my life.



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