Posted by blk1 on February 12, 2009
How lucky for Kevin and his family to be jetting off to Japan and how lucky for me to host this week’s DayinS and Anne is rising to the challenge next week.(More details to come)
This week, maybe selfishly, I’m going to suggest that you send me a photo to upload along with your distilled text for the week.
It was about a year ago that D’Arcy Norman suggested that, we might challenge ourselves to shoot a photo a day for the year 2008 and share as many of them as possible.
“What’s today’s picture?”
He calls it “mindful seeing,” and explains in a post he wrote last January:
Mindful seeing is the process of turning off the filters, of seeing your surroundings unfettered and unobstructed.
When viewing the world without filtering, even the most boring and banal subjects can become wondrous and interesting. We are constantly surrounded by interesting things that we normally don’t see – textures, lighting, patterns, shapes, objects, groupings, even messages.
Photographers are often described as distancing themselves from their surroundings by “hiding behind a camera” or “viewing the world only through a viewfinder.” I see photography from the exact opposite side of the coin. By mindfully seeing the world around me, I feel as though I am seeing much more than I would otherwise. I see patterns, convergence, divergence, shadows, lighting, juxtaposition, and composition that are likely missed by others. That’s not to say that I am “better” than any other – just that by being mindful of what I am seeing, I am aware of what is around me. And when I am aware, I am better able to take an interesting photograph.
If you’re interested, the group’s still there, and now there’s the 2009 challenge.
Of course there’s Photo Fridays at Flickr where we’ve been sharing together since June and going strong.
I joined this challenge as of January 1, 2009 on my photo blog, every day and so far so good. What will I discover about myself?
I want to keep returning to D’racy’s quote to rethink my passion for capturing images.
So if this challenge whets your appetite, get out our camera and capture something in your world with some of your wondrous words along side or just words is always welcome of course.
Cant’ wait to see what Kevin has to share with us, You can send me your photo in an email:
firstname.lastname@example.org and leave your sentence as a comment below.