“Taking pictures is savoring life intensely, every hundredth of a second.” ~Marc Riboud
I’m no photographer, but I thoroughly enjoy taking pictures. For me, each photo holds the sacredness of the moment it captures, no matter how small or simple, allowing us to hold onto it for perhaps a little bit longer.
Taking pictures has taught me so much about seeing things on a deeper level and to really look at someone, or something, while taking an extra moment to enjoy whatever it may be that has caught my attention.
“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.” ~Dorothea Lange
In an attempt to challenge myself while becoming more vulnerable and further exploring my love of taking pictures in a deeper way, I decided to take part in the 365 Picture-A-Day Project. I’ll be doing this mainly with the camera on my phone because it’s convenient and easy, and well, I have my phone with me all the time anyway.
Sure I’ve dabbled in photography with a good camera; however most of my favorite photographs are the ones I take on my phone—quickly without thinking about lighting, shutter speed or aperture adjustments. But that’s just me, and I should note that I’m approaching this project as a means of pushing myself creatively rather than honing specific photography skills.
I’ll try to avoid pictures of say socks or a toothbrush, although plain mundane things often carry the rhythm of everyday life. I’m hoping to convey on a daily basis, a snapshot of what makes me tick, of what brings me joy, and ultimately, what inspires me on the creative path.
Would you like to follow along as I share this year-long journey?
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Has anyone else embarked on a similar project or done the 365 Project in the past? I would love to hear about your experience. I’ll be updating you here throughout the year on my progress, discoveries and challenges.
I’m looking forward to what a picture-a-day will unveil and how it will teach me more about myself… and who knows, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about yourself along the way.
“You don’t make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved.” ~Ansel Adams
Originally published on Elephant Journal.