Susanne Swing Thompson
I have always loved birds. The name "Wren"for my photography and note cards business was born when I was trying to come up with a name and my friend asked what was my favorite bird, and why.
That was easy: Wrens.
Wrens make unique nests out of anything and everything. No two nests are alike.
That's kind of how my husband and I make our home, and how we raised our kids.
It's also how I create. Ideas are generated from a variety of places and developed a variety of different ways. I love to paint and write and dabble in clay, and there's a strong musical element in my life as well. Of course, there's the photography. While nature is my main passion, many other subjects play with the light in my lens as they catch my eye: an old door, an antique chair that holds a story, a face that holds the stories of years and a life, or any moment in time.
It's how I see things, and I've finally embraced it.
How it began:
Several years ago, my dear friend gave me a camera in hopes that my creative expression could once again be sparked. Much later, in the midst of needing to see God in the details in my life, I picked up the camera and began photographing the nature right around me. What started as a simple idea soon grew to a daily habit of photographing plants and birds in my neighborhood. I was amazed at the details the lens could capture that I’d never seen. As I photographed the same route over the course of seasons, I began to learn how things change over time, and the intricacies within them. I also saw that we all are created that same way.
In the midst of this personal growth of the last few years, I also realized that we all have a story. Part of my story includes a childhood cabin made from the wood of a railroad trestle. It was there my family spent several weeks each summer. I could be a child and explore and be in nature, and everything was “right.” This base formed my love of nature, being outdoors, being connected. Part of my story isn’t as idyllic…but it’s part of the story.
Our communities, our lives, this world around us…how God has woven all of this together…it’s all part of a greater story. As I look through a lens, it helps me to literally focus on the details, the beauty, the hard, the intricacies, the designs and patterns, the play of light, the connectedness of everything. It is from there that the deeper story unfolds for me.
What is Wren
Primarily, Wren is my collection of photos I take, writings about what I see and contemplate, and note cards and calendars created from both of those. It is also a place where I share a love of, and encourage others in seeing, the nature all around us. I do this through a weekly email called "A Closer Look." That has grown to be the heartbeat of what I do.
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