Symbols of my Life

I was considering the Weekly Photo Challenge of ‘Symbol’ and wondering how this could be applied in my macro world. I could have taken photos of my engagement ring, but that’s not very original, so in the end I decided to think about important moments in my life and photos that symbolise them.

This was just over 3 years ago, when I’d just about gotten over a really difficult couple of years and was trying to feel more positivity about the future. I took this photo of myself with a remote shutter, with the camera on the tripod. I was trying to capture myself twirling, letting go of the past and its heartbreak, and feeling the joy (it was my birthday). It symbolises the end of one era and the start of a new & better one.


This one is me with my camera a few weeks later. I was in Bournemouth with my sister and my children and you can see that the positivity was working, I was beginning to find myself again and enjoy life. And of course I was really getting into photography. I’d had the camera for about 3 months at this point – my first proper DSLR – and I was finding my niche. (Thanks to my sister for this photo)


And then a wonderful thing happened… through blogging I met a lovely man πŸ™‚

Here’s Bruce and I out for a walk during our first weekend together. This is symbolic, as I’m sure you can imagine, of the beginning of our relationship, when we met in person for the first time after getting to know eachother online.


And here we are nearly a year later – happy and together, engaged and sharing a home. This one symbolises the real, solid, happy partnership that developed from the virtual, online beginning.


And just to finish off … this one is now – just a few minutes ago πŸ™‚ I dragged poor Bruce outside to take a selfie with me so that I could add it to this post.

This one symbolises the future.


In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Symbol.”

By Suzy Shipman

I like to take photos and write words ...


  1. Hopefully you can hear my clapping all the way from Canada. Fantastic photos Blue, but it’s the story that really move me here. You and Bruce have a great story – can see nothing but joy in you guys, and I am so happy for it. My best best regards for where you’re at together – please convey my fond remembrances to Bruce.

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  2. absolutely beautiful – you two are so lovely together; and all of us – this diverse community who watched you meet, and amazed when you stayed met together – have been along for the ride like a WordPress soap opera; thank you so much for sharing

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  3. Well, I came late to the game, but it has been more than a pleasure to meet you both. What you have together, what you can make together, is the most beautiful thing in the world and will carry you like a stout ship through the stormiest of seas.
    Thank you for sharing this. It is a joy to see.
    (And tell Bruce I said, “Get a haircut, Hippy!)

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  4. How lovely to read this! You may remember me as Autumn, now I’m just Cath πŸ™‚ I recently separated from my husband of 32 years after he had an affair. I’m also no longer a Christian, but am now following a Wiccan path… and have 5 grandchildren. Last time we were in touch, I only had one!
    Anyway, it’s lovely to find you again, and share your happiness, which gives me hope for the future… for now, I’m just enjoying being single.
    I’d love to keep in touch!
    Cath xx

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