Bette Boren – Featured Photographer – May 2017

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Congratulations Bette Boren, May 2017 Featured Photographer.  Her inspirational story follows.

My passion for photography is ignited by my near death episode that brought me to view life from a new perspective.

I have always had an interest in photography since High School.  I was the one walking around with a camera in hand.  At one point I had my own darkroom in a walk-in closet of my home and enjoyed producing black & white and sepia toned photos.  I loved turning some of my photos into an old time look by making a black and white photo then painting parts or all of it with photo oils.  This was back in the film days.  At that time I also took a correspondence course with the New York Institute of Photography back before computers and digital cameras.

Then my stained glass hobby turned into a business that took me through the next 18 years of my life and my photography pursuit got put on the back burner.

After that I became a Realtor and was known by all of my colleagues as a hardworking top producer. This business took all of my life and I found myself working what felt like 24/7.  In actuality, I worked until 10 or 11 pm every day of the week. I only existed to work. My life enjoyment was gone.  With all of the appointments and deadlines this job requires, I was on a rollercoaster that I couldn’t get off.  My life was meaningless and my artistic juices drained.  Thank God He got me out of that rut.  He had to do it the hard way, but it worked.

This is the back-story that has propelled me forward and back into a life worth living, a life of beauty, enjoyment and photography.

In December of 2009 I needed a simple outpatient gallbladder removal surgery due to gall stones.   I was supposed to be back at work in two days.  Instead things went terribly wrong and rather than being back at work in 2 days I ended up being admitted into the hospital and needed a total of 7 surgeries. After my 2nd surgery which ironically was on my birthday Dec. 13th, I almost died when I hemorrhaged and lost 4 ½ pints of blood.  I spent the next month in intensive care on deaths doorstep as organs failed and more surgeries were needed. It was a long slow recovery and took several years of recuperating before I finally felt normal again.  But, I was not working at full speed ahead anymore. God in His mercy had a better plan.  This was the reality check that I needed.

My near death experience is what truly gave me back my life.  I had to be knocked down to stop and look up and realize how I was wasting the life God gave me.  Life is too precious and I was granted a second chance at it.  With faith in God and His goodness to me, He rescued me and has made my life viable again. Seeing life through new eyes and meaning and my camera lens, I appreciate everything living.  All of God’s creatures, the birds and bees, flowers, trees – all of nature is alive and beautiful. God says, “Even the rocks cry out to Him in praise.” People don’t realize that bugs even look at you when taking their photo.  I knew I had to pick up my camera again to try to capture this magnificent creation all around us in all of its charm and mystery to share with others.

You cannot help but look at nature and see the signature of the Almighty Artist, our Creator.  The earth is vibrantly alive with God, giving vivid evidence to His presence.  If you slow down your pace of life, you can find God everywhere.

A focus on God and nature keeps us in the present; it stops us from worrying about the future, regretting the past and wasting the pleasures of today in this life. With my collection of photographs I want to preserve a moment of time that is here and now, alive and waiting to be explored.

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