I think I am an online class junkie. I signed up for three classes, at least they are “sort of” classes: Ali Edwards’ One Little Word, Art to the Fifth’s Documented Life Project: the unPlanner 2016, and Theresa Robinson’s Right Brain Planner four-week class. (Am I nuts?) Notice I’m not taking any photography classes right now? Nope. It’s not that I don’t want to, but I need to focus on the ones I’ve signed up for that I haven’t finished yet! There’s the Photoshop Artistry class that I’m half-way through. And there are the saved lessons from Kim Manley Ort’s classes, and a couple of others from Katrina Kennedy. I need to find my focus, literally and figuratively.
The classes that have my attention right now are Documented Life Project and the Right-Brain Planner classes. For several years, I made and kept a mini-album I called “The Book of Days.” I used a variety of techniques to create calendars and then throughout the month, I would record snippets of my days. The DLP is similar. Someone else, though, has done the hard work of creating the templates! Thank you, DLP leaders!
In the DLP class, the theme for January is “Out on a Limb: Trying New Things.” Art journaling is a new thing for me. I’ve dabbled at it, but nothing seemed to take. Then I discovered this year, the No Excuses approach to art journaling, which led to the Documented Life Project 2015 (I just glimpsed it, didn’t sign up), and finally to Right-Brain planning. I have a mess. So, my limb is art journaling.
As a photographer, though, I have to include photographs and images in my journal. One way to do that is to create photo flimstrips. I think I love them. I can print out a strip, trim it down, and tape into my “unplanner” or art journal and have a record of my week or day or month—which ever I choose to document. I am not worried about whether my journals or planners are archival safe right now. I’m just working with the here and now. This project is for ME, not necessarily for posterity. If there is one thing that losing things in two house fires almost back to back has taught me is that the things of this world are just temporary.
So, here is my first filmstrip:
When I walked through Dreher Island Sunday afternoon, my photography “goal” or intention was to look for images that represented the literal aspect of this month’s DLP theme: Out on a Limb. I discovered that the hard part was finding isolated limbs. One of the things I love about photographing nature during winter is the graphic nature of things. Bare trees are lines and shapes and angles and curves. As you can see from a couple of the images I chose, I used backlighting to create a silhouette effect, and that just emphasizes the graphic qualities. I can see that I will use this template often to create a snippet of my walks and days and weeks and months.