I had no idea that this blogging thing was going to be so much fun! I was really tired today from staying up half the night last night getting this set up. This morning, it didn’t look the way I wanted it to at all, so I had to spend more time today fixing it. By 1:30 this afternoon I had yet to eat breakfast and was shaking as I staggered to the kitchen slightly dizzy from low blood sugar. I was already beginning to think this might not be a good idea… Then I got comments! That was exciting, but I had to put my mind to the photo of the day… I realized when I started this that I was making a commitment to pick up my camera daily for a year, and not only look at my environment in the way I always see it, but in a new way. I have always loved this element of photography, but on a “normal” day that usually means I go out to “walk the dogs” through the green belt in our part of the city with a camera slung over my shoulder. Its an automatic mood changer. I find it impossible to go out with my camera and not see beauty all around me. I know that Seattle is a beautiful place, but the actual physical prop of my Nikon D2x awkwardly hanging off of my body while I juggle the leashes seems to elevate my ability to see the buds on the trees, the shades of grey in the clouds and the reflections of branches in the ever-present puddles. The challenge of bringing that mode of perception into my home and into the nitty gritty of my daily life seems bigger.
I discarded my first thought about the photo of the day immediately… While I was obsessing over getting my blog right this morning, Sherlock, our smallest dog, got a little irritated with me and decided to use the dining room for a bathroom. I briefly contemplated setting up my tripod and turning on the self-timer while I cleaned up the mess. Following my own logic however, I realized that if photographed that, then I would be honoring that moment. I refused. As a matter of fact, Sherlock may have to wait longer than the rest of the family to appear in this blog. I’m not sure he understands this punishment, but I do!
When I finally did go retrieve my camera from next to the computer where I left it last night, the battery was dead. In my daze, I had left the power on all night. The daylight was already fading and I needed to charge the battery before I could shoot anything. Bummer! I think the Universe is conspiring to force me to get comfortable using strobes. So I waited. This was when the fun really started… Plenty of neglected housework and dishes were there to greet me once I opened my eyes to them. After a load of laundry, some dishes, and hot cocoa for Gillian, the battery had enough life in it to shoot Robby attempting to drink a massive cup of chai that was too hot and too full to pick up. Soon, I was standing on a stool with one foot on the counter shooting down into the Kitchen Aid mixer as it stirred up a batch of gluten-free bread. I probably would have gone to a distant natural food store to buy a loaf had I not thought that it might make an interesting shot. It did not, however, measure up to my expectations. Next, I ran off to the Leschi Market to buy sliced turkey for Gillian’s ski bus dinner with my camera in hand. I had a ball standing outside, shooting people coming and going during rush hour. Only one person thought it was even slightly odd for a someone to stand and shoot photos in the dark, at the doors of the store opening and closing.
I think the idea of a 365 day photo project is actually only a photo a day… I’m supposed to pick the best one or something. But I don’t have a rule book and I can’t decide. I’m taking votes though, if any one wants to opine.
Finally, I suppose I should note, that even though the first post is dated today, it was really yesterday’s post because I had yet to adjust the internal time clock for Pacific Coast time on my blog.
Stay tuned for tomorrow’s exciting adventures!