Hope & Healing Through Photography and Poetic Expression

Sound Effects

“If you listen to certain photographs very carefully,
youΒ will hear faint echoes of
laughter.”

~Robyn Lee

105 responses

  1. i love it!

    September 3, 2012 at 12:24 AM

  2. Thank you much Buck ~ so very glad πŸ™‚

    September 3, 2012 at 12:28 AM

  3. a beautiful photo indeed. There is a certain liveliness to it:)

    September 3, 2012 at 12:45 AM

    • Thank you nightlake~ yes — so very much a lively observation. Happy to capture ~RL

      September 3, 2012 at 1:14 AM

  4. Indeed, Robyn! Happy thoughts in an enchanting place. πŸ™‚

    September 3, 2012 at 12:54 AM

    • Was much like an enchanting scene from a film to observe ~ so happy you enjoyed George! Thank you!! πŸ™‚

      September 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM

  5. This is so true! From photographs you can not only see things, but also hear and feel! Beautifully composed Robyn πŸ™‚

    September 3, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    • Yes! This is one thing I have learned poojy ~ the images just bring back so much emotion ~ So glad you enjoyed! ~ πŸ™‚

      September 3, 2012 at 1:16 AM

      • always πŸ˜€

        September 3, 2012 at 1:17 AM

  6. This is wonderful – not just the photo of course but the idea of listening to it – I love this notion – you are amazing!

    September 3, 2012 at 2:00 AM

    • Thank you dear Julie… so glad you enjoyed. xo R

      September 3, 2012 at 10:37 AM

  7. we need such inspiration,, thank YOU

    September 3, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    • Thank you so much element! Very much appreciate your comment today πŸ™‚ ~ RL

      September 3, 2012 at 10:39 AM

  8. I’d never thought to listen to a photo, Robyn. I just sat with it now, and found myself hearing the waves and the child’d laughter. It enhanced the experience of the photo. You’ve changed the way I’ll ever look at pictures and photos again. It’s added a whole new dimension to my life and senses. Thank you Robyn. This post is more profound because of your words, this time.

    September 3, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    • Thank you Yaz. It’s funny, I never thought to listen to a photo either — and then late last night I was debating a post for today and when I saw this — I could remember the laughter and sounds of the day I took it…(which was back in July). The notion occurred to me then and I decided to post. I am so glad to know image could be felt (heard) by you, and others too… Much Love Always~ Robyn

      September 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

  9. Bruce Ruston

    nicely said a faint whisper of laughter is a good thing to hear

    September 3, 2012 at 4:08 AM

    • Yes Bruce– was nice to remember in the quiet night ~ when the shot was over a month ago. So glad you enjoyed! Thank you kindly πŸ™‚

      September 3, 2012 at 10:42 AM

  10. What a wonderful post today… could hear every sound… even to the chuckle of the photographer,,, and I could see the smile on her face as well… you are so clever with words.. so few written but so much received in return…

    September 3, 2012 at 4:22 AM

    • Thank you so much Bulldog! Had not plan for a post last night -but when I was looking though my stash of photos — this one just started making these soft giggles, and I could not resist sharing my experience. Yes – I had to smile too!! So glad you enjoyed my friend !! πŸ™‚ xo R

      September 3, 2012 at 10:47 AM

  11. This is lovely, I can’t help but hear a little child playfully laughing with their father whilst looking at that photograph. What a great imagination you have to think of this.x

    September 3, 2012 at 4:52 AM

    • Yay – so glad you can hear the laughter too Chris (thought it might just be me πŸ™‚ ~ Was another very spontaneous post….after I’d vowed to take the long weekend off. The sound effects beckoned me ~ Thank you dear one ~R

      September 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

  12. Oh Robyn this is so, so beautiful … I can’t stop looking at it!
    Thank you so much for posting it!
    Daniela

    September 3, 2012 at 5:00 AM

    • That is wonderful to hear Daniela! I am so happy you enjoyed this ~ Much Love, R

      September 3, 2012 at 10:49 AM

  13. ~Lady Day

    This is true:) I am smiling just looking at it. On my phone and can’t wait to get a good proper look at this but, gorgeous thoughts. Hope you’re doing well sweetheart. Xo

    September 3, 2012 at 6:50 AM

    • Thank you so much Lady Day ~ yes – one of those shots that speaks volumes. Enjoy it on the big screen too my dear friend ~ Much Love to you xxoo R

      September 3, 2012 at 10:50 AM

  14. So true, Dearest Robyn…not only that but It gave me the most warm inner smile and even ‘chills’ from the beauty and love in the photo. Oh, I heard so much more than laughter from this one Robyn…I heard love, I heard Life..I heard ‘every good thing’!! with all love to you, Linda

    September 3, 2012 at 7:00 AM

    • So wonderful to know that Linda! Yes — there is much to feel and β€˜hear’ from an image like this. I was lucky to capture the moment quite randomly one day ~ and blessed that it spoke to me in the quiet night yesterday. Thrilled it touched you as well! Much Love dear one xo R

      September 3, 2012 at 10:53 AM

  15. A great shot of a family having fun. I wish I could see more of the woman, but the most important part of the photo is the swinging child anyway. Great capture.

    September 3, 2012 at 7:41 AM

    • Thank you Jeff! Yes – I too wished there was more of the β€œmom” visible – but I’m lucky I caught this shot as it was completely unplanned…heard the giggles and turned around quickly ~ so no strategy at as they ran away in glee πŸ˜‰ Yes – the swinging child — I could only think β€œweeee” !!! So happy you enjoyed! ~R πŸ™‚

      September 3, 2012 at 10:56 AM

  16. The photo is amazing … Reading the photo: the sharpness, exposure and composition are flawless, the flow of motion is to the right towards the partially seen house, this leave the house on the left with a mystic mood which is intensified with this weired clouds arrangment above it compared to the right side .. The time of the day with directional light is perfect for the mood.. The monotone choice is excellent to focus the eye on the mood … Listening to the photo: I can definetly hear joy … Feeling the photo : I am equally infected with joy … Tasting it : a bit salty 8) … Brilliant work RL

    NB, is this a different camera or lense …

    September 3, 2012 at 7:59 AM

    • Hope not too salty for your taste Tarek πŸ™‚ LOL! Thank you sooooooo much dear friend for the wonderful input (photographically, and emotionally too) . You know I am just following the direction of my β€œhealing lens” ~ so I always appreciate critique with regard to the technical details. This was such an unplanned shot — Heard the laughter and giggles and turned around quite quickly with my i phone (last month). So happy to be able to share it now …. as I realized last night what a special moment I’d unknowingly captured.

      Yes – was a great time of day ( early evening)… always seems to be the most intriguing light quality outdoors. I am so happy you could hear and feel the the joy. This was all that I could think of when I was focussing on it last night… and then it occurred to me that images do have sound effects πŸ™‚ No different camera or lens here — but I believe I was low to the ground again so likely on an angle looking upward ~ Always appreciate you & Much Love your ways today ~ x RL

      September 3, 2012 at 11:08 AM

      • Did I understand right , is this an iphone camera ?

        September 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

      • Yes … Pretty amazing isn’t it? :)β˜€

        September 3, 2012 at 2:07 PM

      • Wow … You r just so special …

        September 3, 2012 at 2:30 PM

      • β˜€thank you! Not so special… Just a little ! πŸ™‚

        September 3, 2012 at 7:28 PM

  17. Pawan Hira

    Wow! Amazing shot, Robyn.
    Fun, holidaying and memories to capture.

    September 3, 2012 at 8:03 AM

    • Yes Pawan ~ Thank you so much ~ so happy it made your heart sing too πŸ™‚ x

      September 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM

  18. Oh Robyn! This is wonderful…I LOVE it. Love the shot

    September 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

    • Thank you boomie! Thrilled you loved it too ~ hope you could hear it as well πŸ™‚ One of those lucky captures…wish I knew this family so I could deliver it to them! Much Love ~RL

      September 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

  19. Renee Braunstein

    I love that photo!

    September 3, 2012 at 9:19 AM

    • Thanks so much Renee… So glad you enjoyed it xo Robyn

      September 3, 2012 at 11:14 AM

  20. Very cool, Robyn….you captured the moment and it looks like the beautiful clouds here yesterday, just right!

    September 3, 2012 at 10:19 AM

    • Thank you so much Meryl ~ was a very random shot back in July. I revisited it yesterday and it was β€œaudible” so figured a sign that I needed to post it with these words. Miss the beach ~ hope was glorious yesterday… been over a month since I’ve visited unfortunately… lucky I have my photos to reflect πŸ™‚ xxoo

      September 3, 2012 at 11:18 AM

      • ahhhh…was perfect for this end of summer…maybe we can go together before the chill sets in..xom.

        September 3, 2012 at 11:24 AM

  21. Robyn,

    I hear the laughter. I feel the emotion. I smell the sea air. I sense the love.

    Your artistry abounds.

    Tom

    September 3, 2012 at 10:25 AM

    • Thank you so much Thomas— that makes me so happy to know!! You are so kind and loving always and I appreciate ~ Much Love to you xo R

      September 3, 2012 at 11:19 AM

  22. Exquisite ekphrastic poem along with a sumptuous photo. xo

    September 3, 2012 at 10:43 AM

    • Oh Joanne ~ that is so delightful to hear from you. Very thrilled you enjoyed this so much ~ and sending lots of love your way today xo R

      September 3, 2012 at 11:20 AM

  23. Nice shot to preserve an echo of a laughter for as Victor Hugo once described it : “the sun that drives winter from human face.”
    May yours live no winter but a lasting spring…
    Love & Light

    September 3, 2012 at 10:57 AM

    • So lovely Mira ~ Thank you sweet friend. I appreciate with all my heart! ~RL

      September 3, 2012 at 11:21 AM

  24. Nikunj

    Sip my laughter through your eyes
    Let the soul be a glass filled with
    wine of joy and beauty …..

    Revel in the shadow grass
    when ripples tickle the cockles
    of heart , deep within …

    Enjoy the moment …
    That defines you and me …
    Remember

    Celebration of existence
    is the biggest festival in the lands of nirvana.

    September 3, 2012 at 11:09 AM

  25. Once again you outdo yourself Nika… especially love the last 2 verses — So true — celebration of existence is what it’s all about ~ Absolutely do agree. Thank you dear one … your spontaneous creative flow is amazing and exceptional ~Sending Love and Blessings ~ RL

    September 3, 2012 at 12:33 PM

  26. Fabulous capture Robyn! I LOVE it! Warms the heart.

    September 3, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    • Thank you Robyn ~ yes – did warm my heart to observe and then double warmed it to revisit in the photo/post. So happy you felt the same! πŸ™‚ Much Love~

      September 3, 2012 at 10:14 PM

  27. George Ellington

    This is so lovely, Robyn. I am sure there is much in this image that appeals to different hearts. For me, as a father, it is just perfect.

    September 3, 2012 at 1:23 PM

    • Yes George, I agree — different people will interpret the image in varied ways – but I am so thrilled you could identify as a father especially! Thank you for your lovely comment today ~ sending love your way, RL

      September 3, 2012 at 10:16 PM

  28. Delightful shot! And you know,Robyn, I COULD hear the laughing! Some are on the beach busy texting, they could learn from this…Much love and laughter, Jane

    September 3, 2012 at 1:56 PM

    • Wow Jane – so happy you could hear it too! Wanted to be sure I wasn’t just hallucinating πŸ™‚ Yes – I do try to be present for these rare moments to capture in images, when I am able… texting is better for red-lights and such πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed this — and sending love and laughter back for way!! ~RL

      September 3, 2012 at 10:19 PM

  29. What a happy little munchkin ~ gorgeous pic ~ well-captured

    September 3, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    • Thank you so much Polly! Yes – the munchkin was having a ball it appeared!! So glad you enjoyed it! πŸ™‚ ~ Much Love to you!

      September 4, 2012 at 12:16 AM

  30. Oh Robyn!!! This is just so beautiful!!! I can hear the laughter and there is NOTHING better than a childs laugh of pure joy….I will take this image tonight and hold tight to it….and let it help me sleep! Thank you sweet friend for this inspiring poem and photo….you always shine so bright in your work!!! Sending so so much love dearest friend β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ !!!

    September 4, 2012 at 12:59 AM

    • Thank you Christina… I so hope you slept last night … and the image was a little bit helpful. Rough evening here ~ mostly due to new onset of nerve pain that has possessed my lower extremity. Images like this are helpful though ~ they keep us remembering what is real. Sending much Love and Hugs your way dearest friend ~ Robyn xo

      September 4, 2012 at 11:56 AM

      • Robyn, I am more than sorry things are so not well physically right now…it just literally pains me that your effervescent sweet self has so much pain to cope with. You are in my thoughts and prayers tonight and every day….sending so so much love and healing energy to you dearest friend and lots of hugs β™₯β™₯β™₯β™₯ !!!

        September 5, 2012 at 3:17 AM

    • Thank you so much Christina…you are so wonderful. I appreciate ~ xo

      September 5, 2012 at 3:27 PM

  31. I hear You
    loud and clear …………..
    xx
    Hope u have a good week RL xx
    lots and lots of Love to you and Fam xo

    September 4, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    • I know you do dearest Cat — thank you ~ and wishing the same for you xo much Love ~

      September 4, 2012 at 7:03 PM

      • much love xoxoxoxoxoxoxoo
        glad to see u xo

        September 4, 2012 at 7:19 PM

      • 🌷

        September 4, 2012 at 7:32 PM

      • how do you make those xoxoxoxoxo
        πŸ™‚

        _β–‘β–’β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ

        β–‘β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘__β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ___β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆ

        β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘____β–‘β–“β–ˆβ–ˆβ–ˆβ–“__β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘___β–‘β–“β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“_____β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘_______________β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        _β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘______________β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        __β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘____________β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        ___β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘__________β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        ____β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘________β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        _____β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘_____β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        ______β–ˆβ–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘__β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        _______β–ˆβ–“β–’β–‘β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        _________β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ

        _______β–‘β–’β–“β–ˆβ–ˆ this is what my heart says xx

        September 4, 2012 at 7:39 PM

      • It’s an application on the i-phone/ipad xo πŸ˜‰ Love your Heart!

        September 5, 2012 at 12:03 AM

      • πŸ™‚ Love yours – πŸ™‚ !!!!!!!!!!

        September 5, 2012 at 6:00 AM

  32. Hi Robyn, has your week started out well for you? Your photograph (beautiful of course lol) speaks loudly. I love when that happens. One can hear the ocean in the background, the giggles, the laughter, the love, the ambience of the whole! Delightfully sensual my friend, in precisely the best way, warm thoughts of love to you this day my friend, Penny xo

    September 4, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    • Thank you dear Penny… glad you enjoyed and could hear the photo as I did πŸ™‚ Yes – sensual – I actually did think about that as I posted…and all the wonderfu lessons you are teaching on your blog… having some new challenges here — mystery nerve pain — effecting my foot rather severely — will be one week tomorrow – I may need to slow down my pace even more here in the blogsphere 😦 Hopefully will resolve and I’ll be back to baseline – but a bit disconcerting (and keeping me awake)… Sending love my dear friend ~ know you are in my heart… xo

      September 4, 2012 at 7:07 PM

      • Robyn, I am so very sorry to hear about this new “mystery pain”, take care of you my dear friend, perhaps tonight while you soak, some soothing music, I will send strong supportive thoughts of healing (your never know) your way starting right now, I do hope the pain resolves itself soonest for you. I’m guessing it’s more than just a bit ‘disconcerting’ (as you refer to it) Robyn. I am wishful for you to have a good nights sleep this night and your dreams be soothingly sweet filled with laughter and joy. sending much love your way Robyn, xoxo ~ Penny

        September 4, 2012 at 9:08 PM

  33. This is awesome! It sings beautiful music.

    September 4, 2012 at 5:04 PM

    • Oh Fergyi ~ so glad you could hear the music !! πŸ™‚ Thank you!

      September 4, 2012 at 7:08 PM

  34. magical moments once again captured through Robyn’s Healing Lens, bravo!

    September 4, 2012 at 5:05 PM

    • Thanks so much Stan – you are sooo wonderful ~ I appreciate πŸ™‚

      September 5, 2012 at 12:01 AM

  35. This is full of joy Robyn – thanks so much for brightening the day even when you are in such pain. it’s a triumph, Ruth x

    September 4, 2012 at 6:54 PM

    • Thank you Ruth ~ I am so glad this brightened your day some ~ trying to keep on those β€œsee the good” lenses too πŸ™‚ Much Love ~ RL

      September 5, 2012 at 12:02 AM

  36. victoriaaphotography

    Wonderful post, Robyn.
    Photos speak to me all the time.
    They ‘speak’ with both vision & sound.
    But then, so does real life, even when no sound is made, life speaks.

    September 5, 2012 at 1:34 AM

    • So true Victoria – knew you would appreciate the statement… and learning how photography can capture the essence of life this way ~ such a magnificent thing. xo

      September 5, 2012 at 1:59 AM

  37. Wonderful post, Robyn, a beautiful photo magical moments to grasp the reality .!

    September 5, 2012 at 2:21 AM

    • Thank you so much Stefan. So pleased to know you enjoyed the moment with me! ~ Much Love ~R

      September 5, 2012 at 10:56 AM

  38. Kathy

    I heard laughter and giggles!

    September 5, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    • Thanks Kathy — me too! xo

      September 6, 2012 at 10:49 AM

  39. Amazing…I really like the picture and the quote …true πŸ˜€

    September 6, 2012 at 6:54 AM

    • Thank you so much Naomikko! So appreciate your comment and glad you enjoyed!! πŸ™‚

      September 6, 2012 at 10:50 AM

  40. Awesome!

    September 6, 2012 at 8:56 AM

    • So glad you liked it Clarice! Thank you kindly πŸ˜‰ RL

      September 6, 2012 at 10:51 AM

  41. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ This was written – PASSIONY πŸ™‚ with you in heart ——http://fervourforever.wordpress.com/2012/09/06/passion-singer-songwriter-i-can-never-ever-get-enough-of-dave-matthews-cat-forsley/
    HOPE HOPE YOU ARE DOING WELL over there xo
    always sending love RL………:)
    always xo
    let me know how u are on email when you have time …..
    if you want xx
    rooting for all that is good in this world to happen and prayers your way xo
    C zz

    September 6, 2012 at 7:29 PM

    • Thank you Cat ~ you are sooo thoughtful to send a little Dave Matthews my way today ~ as I said, he is pretty special — like YOU! –Much Love and Light your way — and so grateful for your warm and wonderful wishes too πŸ˜‰ RL xo

      September 6, 2012 at 11:17 PM

  42. Such a magical way of bringing life and harmony to our senses…There is so much deep truth in your message here…the gift of our inner being, can recall sounds, and experience sounds, smells, touch when we engage in our memories, and photos allow us to be able to soak up the memory into our eyes and be again in a moment or be a part of someone else’s moment…
    You are a treasure, Robyn.
    Blessings on your evening and always, Erin

    September 6, 2012 at 10:42 PM

    • Thank you so much dear Erin — You are incredibly gifted my friend — just your insight on this post ~ amazing. Yes – I love that you mentioned the role of our β€˜inner being’ – we may not even be aware that we have these sparks within – and than a photo (or can also be music, smell, taste etc) sort of calls them into conscious awareness… and that such magic in and of itself. I am so happy you enjoyed this – and as always — so appreciate your wisdom and warmth… Much Love and Blessings ~ Robyn

      September 6, 2012 at 11:15 PM

  43. Julie Catherine

    I love your words … as soon as I read this, I could hear the echos of children’s giggles from years long past … love, “listening to photographs”, remembering heart sounds … thank you so much for the peaceful interlude my heart craved today …. and as always, sending healing thoughts and prayers, and much love your way, my friend. ~ Love, Julie xoxox

    September 8, 2012 at 3:06 AM

  44. Yes!

    September 15, 2012 at 5:42 PM

  45. Dear Beautiful One, you create magic. Love, Sharon

    September 19, 2012 at 4:59 AM

    • Sharon – thank you so much… your spirit is always a shining light here — Sending Love and Blessings your way! ~Robyn

      September 22, 2012 at 10:37 AM

  46. Jonathan

    Wow.. as a father to be, this picture is not only beautiful but utterly moving.

    Cheers,
    The Monsieur

    September 22, 2012 at 10:32 AM

    • Oh that is so wonderful to hear Jonathan. Congratulations on your upcoming JOY!! Cheers to you as well – and very happy you enjoyed πŸ™‚ ~Robyn

      September 22, 2012 at 10:36 AM

  47. and I’m sure this is one of those photographs…lovely happy shot!

    September 23, 2012 at 5:19 AM

  48. Beautiful on so many levels πŸ™‚

    April 22, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    • Thank you kindly ~ I appreciate πŸ™‚

      April 23, 2013 at 1:28 AM

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