For the past several years, I've felt like life was just flying right by me at warp speed. If you asked me what I did 3 hours ago, I probably would have been able to come up with an answer after a bit of a pause. Ask me what I did 3 days ago and you'd be met with a blank stare. It just wasn't going to happen my friend. I blamed it on so much going on in my life, age, memory...whatever. Regardless of the cause, I knew that I was just downright sick of it. The problem was what to do about it.
Late last year as I was pondering my 43rd year (and closing in on beginning my 44th year), an idea formed. I've taken a lot of pictures in the past 6.5 years and more often than not I can recall events of the specific day I took them when I browse through them all these years later. Why not use pictures to help me remember the days to come, no matter how "ordinary" they may seem?
On January 20th (my bday), I started taking a minimum of one picture a day and posted it the following day on my Flickr account. Along with the picture, I write a brief description of the day. Something so simple yet it has made a world of difference. Not only with remembering the events of a particular day several days down the road, but also in rekindling my love of photography. It has made me, once again, look at things so differently....made me more aware of what is around me.
Well, things were going along smoothly. I was successfully posting my picture a day and my creative juices were flowing. Then, horror of horrors, my old reliable Rebel decided that 6.5 years was just about enough and it was time to retire. Sure I have a small point and shoot, but it is not something that I even like to use in a pinch; I find it much more difficult to operate with less than pleasing results. It looked like my memory jogging exercise was doomed.
Not one to play the damsel-in-distress for longer than accepted (or maybe that's tolerated?), I sat myself down and starting doing some research. No, this girl was not going down without a fight. I had over 200 days to go to finish out my 44th year and I wasn't stopping now.
The project was saved when Mr. UPS dude came knockin' on my door yesterday with this beauty. What a site! And with the new purchase came a stronger resolve to take my photography a bit further. I mean, I have the tools to do it, why not explore all that this camera can do and use it to the max. Time to brush up on Photography 101....which is precisely what I've been doing today. Then it's onto that Photoshop program that I bought several years ago and never really did figure it out. So many possibilities....
But not before I clicked a few pictures just to see how the new girl works. What better model than Sadie. The sun was shining...she wasn't going anywhere anyways.
To see my photo-a-day project on Flickr, click here