|February 1, 2012|
I am going to talk just a little more about my "Project 365" and what it has done for my mood and my creativity.
My love affair with photography began almost 20 years ago. After five years of working with straight black and white images, I started hand coloring almost every print I made. With this came a shift in the subjects I focused on (no pun intended......). I became very deliberate about what I was shooting, which can be a good thing, but I discovered it was also very limiting. I was no longer catching the everyday moments or photographing something "just because".
I thought digital would change that but instead I became overwhelmed with the number of images on my computer and decided once again to limit myself.
Then I got the iPhone and everything changed. All of a sudden I always had a camera with me and because I was shooting purely for me and no one else, the sky was the limit as far as my subject matter was concerned. (I do have quite a few "sky" photos now too!) Everywhere I looked I saw possibility, beauty, humor and inspiration. I also began to slow down so I wouldn't miss anything. (Believe me, I needed this.....)
In my "pre-iPhone life", I probably would have seen the chalk writing on the sidewalk, but I wouldn't have stopped and really looked at it! Pausing to take this picture brought a smile to my face.
Which brings me to my next point. I do believe I am feeling happier and lighter since I began this project. I have been reminded how much joy photography brings to my life.
So like I mentioned above, I am seeing differently these days. I have noticed the early sun coming through my bedroom curtains for 16 years, but the other day it felt like the first time I actually "saw" it and I loved how it made me feel.
|January 28, 2012|
I have been going to the co-op to grocery shop for years, but never really noticed the beautiful colors or the way they displayed the produce.........
|January 20, 2012|
Last weekend I was at my studio and for the first time "saw" how much character this doorknob had.....
|January 29, 2012|
You get the idea....................As we get further into the year it may become a little more difficult to find interesting and different things to photograph, but it's a challenge that I am ready to take on.
Besides providing many hours of fun and creativity, this exercise has also helped me with my "other" photography (notice I did not say "my real photography"). Last week I was going through some of the photographs on my computer and began to notice images I had never "seen" before. Why did I pass these up? What's different now? What's different is I am using parts of my imagination that may have begun to get a little stale. I know that this is the honeymoon phase and it won't last forever, but I am going to enjoy it while I can.
To end this post I thought I would share a shot of my "calendar" of images..............