Clicking Cameras

Taking pictures has been this hobby of mine, something I have always liked doing ever since I possessed my first 35mm Vivitar film camera as a teenager. But now as an adult, I realize that what I have been tinkering with all these years was actually a wonderful form of art.


I am weirdly fascinated by that clicking sound a camera makes when you press the shutter release button to take a simple picture.

To some people, that sound is just the sound of a small tool functioning—but to me, that sound means a tiny detail was captured, it means a moment was stopped, it means someone slowed down to take a closer look.

To me, the idea of a sunset isn’t just the sun ending another day, but a rare chance to see gold infused light from heaven.

To me, a child’s giggle isn’t just a random sound in a crowd anymore, but a rare chance to photograph those funny dimples revealed only in their smile when laughter overcomes them.

And to me, my camera isn’t just my camera anymore, but my very own paintbrush, a generous gift from the artists of all artists, the Creator Himself.

As I “paint” these pictures for you through my photography, I hope it encourages you to see the art in the every day, to look deeper into the tiny details, and to fully embrace moments that come and go as quickly as the sound of a camera clicking away.

Please join us for a reception with live music at:
Paddy's Coffee House
Saturday, September 18th
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

A portion of all proceeds from any sale of Maria Abelaye’s work will be donated to World Vision, an organization that serves to meet needs of exploited children, survivors of famine & natural disasters, and communities affected by AIDS in Africa, Asia, and Latin America.