Sara Allen took snapshots over the years but left serious photography to others, including her husband, who were the “real” artists. Only after the death of her husband and retirement from teaching English literature to middle schoolers did she begin to explore the possibility of creating images on her own. Moving from a point-and-shoot camera ten years ago, she began the process of becomeing a photographer who can go beyond class assignments to understand not only her digital camera and software but the nature of the medium itself. All the elements of photography were new: instead of thinking only of the object in her viewfinder, she began to think about the elements contained within a frame that is capturing a moment in time and space - the aesthetics of photography. She continues to take courses online and in schools to learn to see in new ways and express those insights through photographic images.