Thursday, February 2, 2012

Be Happy......................

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..............


  1. How funny you should write about this odd phenomenon! I too have found that having an IPhine has re-awakened my passion for photography and I can't figure out why. I always carried at least one compact camera with me - if not the compact and a DSLR but it's as though my eye has been re-awakened too. I notice things that I would have passed up,I think, in the past.

    I'm doing the Photo365 'calendar' as well and I have not had any problems keeping up! I think having a case of IPhone-itis' has been a real blessing. thanks for the post!

  2. I love this! And, the pictures are gorgeous.

  3. Thank you so much for your comments! "Iphone-itis" I like that!Just think how wonderful the world would be if we all started slowing down and "noticing" things around us. Thanks for the comment Marie!

  4. I enjoy seeing your photos. Still amazing that these come from a phone..

    Hugs, LInda

  5. This is great Dianne! When I go out and shoot, I always keep in mind, SEE EVERYTHING! Don't forget to look behind you,and, what's that in my peripheral. I heard that somewhere and have never forgotten it. I just wish I had your Zen to make my images more pleasing to the eye and less hard and contrasty.

  6. Thank you Linda and Bob! Keep on "seeing everything"!

  7. This is fascinating Dianne, particularly the way in which the casual quality introduced by the i-phone rejeuvated your imagination. I'd go so far as to guess that you did some brain rewiring while you were at it! I love the calendar at the end in which you've juxtaposed all the days; the richness reflects what is always there in front of our eyes if we can see it...

  8. Dianne, I love your images and post.

    I think it's wonderful you feel your mood and creativity have been sparked!! And you know, I can completely relate to what you have said about 'taking photographs for yourself"! Yes. Oh yes. These are the photos with an abundance of feeling in them. They are an extension of you. You instinctively know how to capture them in a way that resonates. I do love the prompts because prompts help me move forward and learn more about my craft, but when I go out just to photograph for me, the feeling is incredible - it's the most wonderful feeling ever, really - and these are ALWAYS my best shots. Hands down. Period.

    Happy Tuesday, girl!

    Angie :)

  9. Thanks Hannah and Angie! I love the idea of "brain rewiring".
    Happy Tuesday to you too Angie!

  10. Lovely post, Dianne. When and how we start to "see" like learning what it is to "listen."