01.03.2018 // Project 365
I am LOVING this challenge so far! When I started out, I thought, eh...we'll see. How many things can I REALLY go out and do throughout the year that will be meaningful to me and push the boundaries of my skill? While the last two days haven't really pushed my skill, they have already shown me that slowing down and looking around can yield fruit!
As I do every night, and try to do throughout the day, I ended last night with writing down a few things I am grateful for (part of my 1,000 gift challenge). Reflecting on my day, week, month, year. I started making another list about things I want to try this upcoming year to push and challenge my photography. I thought of then and nows. Before and afters. Perception. How perception is such a powerful motivator on how we see the world. I may look at something and not be too impressed, but to someone else it may be fascinating. Perception. A word, an email, and emoji, etc. are all subjective to the perspective of the person receiving them. Take this sunflower, for example. Some would look at it now and see just a dead plant, surrounded by a field of similar stems.
However, when I walked by this sleeping flower, I see the potential it has. I can image and wonder at the flower that will grow in it's place next summer/fall. I can close my eyes and envision the yellow-orange of it's petals and hear the buzzing of bees as they flit from blossom to blossom. I can't help but imagine photographing a child, slowly walking by as they run their hands through the stems, making the flowers dance in the fading sun. Or a couple, standing in an embrace as the flowers glow in the waning summer sun. Better yet, I picture my boys, running up and down the sidewalk, eyes wide and smilies stretching over the tallness of such flowers. Perspective. Imagination. Goals. All wrapped in one dying sunflower. In one photograph. It makes my heart smile, because it reminds me why I LOVE what I do.
Capturing fleeting moments. Capturing a horse mid jump. The sly smile on a young child's face. The "look" as a groom sees his bride for the first time. A mom lovingly cradling her baby in her arms for the first time. The sun setting over a field of wild sunflowers. Moments. Times. Places. People.
My husband likes to tell me that I see the world through what some would call rose colored glasses. I'm a romantic he says (usually with a smile on his face), wanting to believe I live in a Hallmark movie. I like to think I just have a different perspective then others. That a dead flower means life. That a sunset means a sunrise. That rain (even though I hate it) leaves green in the aftermath.
P.S - as always feel free to leave comments below! I'd love to hear some of your ideas for things you'd like to see me try!