I have been debating this in my head for several weeks: will I participate in the annual “Thirty-One Days in October” blogging challenge. I have attempted to do so for two years, and I have even tried to do the 26 Days in April Alphabet challenge (that one didn’t work out so well). And I have decided to try this writing challenge this year. The next problem I have had to deal with is coming up with a theme. And this year, I have my theme: Thirty-One Days of Contemplative Photography.
And it seems kind of challenging in more ways than one. Posting a blog entry for thirty-one days consecutively is daunting enough. I teach part time at a local career college, and that presents enough of a challenge to my time. Another challenge is to figure out exactly how I want to approach the topic. There are so many other really great photographers who would do a much better job than I.
Yet, more and more, I feel “called” to this way of thinking about photography. I do enjoy a more documentary style of photographer; sometimes, I am the family memory keeper, taking the photographs of special family events. Those kinds of documentary photographs are important as part of our family’s history and story.
But there are times when I need to use my camera in other ways. There are times when receiving photographs has become my worship. I use the lens to see the world, to see creation, as a gift from God. This is partly due to my introduction to contemplative photography. Through this thoughtful approach, photography has become for me a spiritual practice.
So, during the coming month of October, I want to explore this aspect of photography: the contemplative and spiritual aspects of receiving images through the lens and into the making of “art” through which others can experience the world.