I have been on Dreamstime as a contributor now for just over 4 years and as a purely amateur photographer, I have really enjoyed learning from so many different photographers. I have watched and read quite a bit about differing ways to view the great world around us. I began on Dreamstime quite simply by creating one collection just because I found so many beautiful photographs that I wanted to remember and be able to come back to. Then I added another collection, then another. The collections have become my series of "online photo albums" that I tell my friends about. It is my way of relaxing late in the evening.
Just yesterday, one of my listed "favorite" photographers, Starblue, posted a blog about her favorite collections. I was humbly honored that her first two collections mentioned were mine and most specifically the collection "For My Eternal Beloved".
When I lost my husband of 20 years last August, I was lost and hurt very deeply in ways I could not express. I turned to Dreamstime for an outlet and found SO MANY absolutely poetically charged photos to relieve my sense of loss and commemorate the depth of the love I had for my husband. He died a tragic death and the photos I used have something to each single one that represent some aspect of his life.
When I opened and read Starblue's blog, my heart just welled up inside and I could not hold back the tears that flooded my eyes. I realized that my collection had touched another and that my grief was not alone any more. I want to say Thank You Starblue for your comforting review.
P.S. - I have never, EVER blogged on any site before so I hope this attempt to thank my viewers comes across as I would that it should come across. Thank you much.
Photo credits: Sharon Miller, Starblue, Stendec, Yuriykulik.