I Lived My Dream – Sam Chan

 Posted by on August 28, 2013  Add comments
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We all have dreams.  But in order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
Jesse Owens (Olympic gold medallist 1936)

One thing I liked to do a lot for killing time in my childhood was to find a quiet place of my own, usually a small hill near my home, lie down on a grassland and watch the changing clouds in the sky above.  The highlight was to see an eagle soaring among the clouds.  There was a wonderful feeling inside me that I did not understand why at the time.  The memory has never disappeared from my mind.  In fact, a desire had been growing strongly over time to see the eagle again.  It had become a dream.

In 2008, I decided to put a plan in action.  I started learning how to shoot birds in flight.  Finally, the day had come in 2011 for me to embark on a long and lonely journey to British Columbia of Canada to do one thing and one thing only – to find the bald eagle.  

The outcome in terms of photography was not great because of the rainy, dim light, wintry weather during November in Canada.  However, the real life experience was wonderful. 

I was alone on a vastly open field by the Harrison River.  The sky was dull, grey blue.  There was a light wind creating a soft howling sound around me.  I followed the flight of a young adult bald eagle rising higher and higher in the sky.  The scene was so familiar that I thought I had gone back to my childhood fifty years ago.  Then I realised it was an intense feeling of freedom inside me.  I had identified myself with the roaming bald eagle.  I put the Chinese word “roaming” in the picture together with my seal to render it like a Chinese painting.  I am proud to show you my dream. 

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  5 Responses to “I Lived My Dream – Sam Chan”

  1. Such a delight to have you as our guest photographer Sam. I am always impressed by the power of your background story that goes with your image making.

  2. Hi Sam, A great backstory about persistent and determined pursuit of your vision.
    The image has a two worldly feel to me. The soft almost monochromatic background portrays a world over which the sharp and clearly defined eagle is soaring.

  3. Given your interest in birds, Sam, I understand how important this image is to you. Unlike you I had no special interest in birds but just a few weeks ago I was holidaying in Canada and we were canoeing on a lake and saw a bald eagle in flight and it was magnificent.
    Enjoy your photography.

  4. Interesting when viewed with the last two posts.

  5. Yet again Sam, you take me to a totally different place on a journey with you. Inspiring.

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