Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Project 365: Seeing differently
In the spirit of a true postmodern, putting a camera in my hand is already making me see differently.
Tonight as I was driving around (without my camera - and will not make that mistake again!), I was paying attention to everything.
Have you noticed, for instance, that when dusk is gathering, tail lights and stop lights are luminescent? Ohio has big sky sunsets. The colors deepen the closer it gets to pitch black. The water towers and bare branches and old farm houses light up as the sky changes color. So beautiful! I didn't pay much attention before. Suddenly even old store signs look like interesting photo subjects.
When I drove home from taking Jacob to a youth group meeting, I drove behind a Toyota Prius. The license plate said "NO 2 OPEC." And then I thought: Rats! No camera. :)
At the YMCA today in the pool, I wanted a waterproof camera to capture the way the reflections rippled on top of the blue water. We have blue and white triangle flags hanging over the clear water and the gentle waves made the flags fragment into dozens of flags... really pretty.
I keep noticing reflections, contrasting colors, angles and how even modern life can be framed to show off something.
I wonder if a worldview course could benefit from silent observation through the lens of a camera. There is something to be said for patiently observing and appreciating what you see.
If you haven't joined up to take a photo a day, it's not too late. You can start with any date and just go for an entire year. If you do, let me know because I'll add you to my blogroll.