This photo make me happy and I think I know why.
I’ve been taking photos for years, but I when I take photos I generally take them from the perspective of a storyteller. This is a good thing. I take pictures so that I’ll have plenty of fodder for my scrapbooks. I take pictures of my family, of the places we go and love and the everyday things we do. I often take pictures with potential pages in mind. This is a good thing. Taking pictures however, has changed for me as I experienced, Tracy Clark’s workshop, Picture Spring.
As with most things I do, I jumped into this 30-day workshop full of enthusiasm and commitment, but April proved to be a tough month for me and I soon slipped from my perfect record of daily photos and started to do that stupid guilt thing we so easily allow ourselves to do. I told myself it was OK to fall behind, but I didn’t really believe it. I wanted to have a complete daily record of spring and I had blown it. Soon, nine or ten of the daily emails had accumulated, unopened in my in-box. I deliberated my options. In mid May, I decided to visit the classroom and see how others had done. I began to feel inspired again. I saw how my handful of images, while very spring-like were different from others’ images. I decided to take a walk and I started to really see, my spring. A few days later, I walked again, this time with my camera. I had fun taking pictures with some of the prompts in my mind. I took other pictures too.
In early June, I took my camera on another walk.
I took more pictures.
I realized that even though April was long gone, it was still spring!
I realized that while my original vision for a “perfect” daily project and theme album had evaporated like dew, I had captured pictures I loved. Pictures that I would have never taken outside the context of this class. I decided that it is OK to photograph beautiful things for the sake of photography alone.
I don’t know if I’m different than you.
I don’t know if something in me has changed for good.
I do know that I love the images I captured.
I do know that I don’t need to do anything with them–at least not yet.
Tracy’s workshop Picture Summer, opens today.
The July gallery is up at Write. Click. Scrapbook.
Our theme is HOMETOWN.
It’s also give away day — so I’ll be back tomorrow with more of “Look Back Week”