You know, this “Write 31 Days” challenge has been around awhile. I discovered it three or four years ago, back when I still used the craftroom as a sort-of office for the photography “studio”—meaning, I had no studio except the outdoors. I read a series of 31 days of editing in Lightroom, which really changed the way I do things. At first, Lightroom was very convenient for downloading and cataloging my images, but I really didn’t understand how to use Lightroom to edit. I’m not sure I do, yet, but I am constantly learning new things.
I thought after reading this series that, surely, I could use Lightroom to edit, and that I could write a series of blog entries for thirty-one days. I start strong every year (I skipped last year). I am trying it again this year.
My theme is pretty general: Thirty-one Days of Photography. I’m envisioning this as a kind of “photo-a-day” project: one or two really good images from that day. This first week, I’m simply going to focus on everyday images—the things that are right in front of my eyes that I see day in and day out, that I barely notice. Like the light on the yellow wall in the living room, the orchids that are not in bloom right now, the birds at the feeders, the hibiscus in the backyard planters. . . . I drive by those daily as I head out to work. There is such beauty in the ordinary and the everyday.
Although I know the intent is to WRITE everyday, sometimes, I will let the images speak for themselves. Other times, I will write about the day, the events, or the thoughts that surround my images. There is always a contemplative element to my approach to photography, thanks to such writers as Christine Valters Paintner and photographers and teachers like Kim Manley Ort and Kim Klassen and a host of others I can’t think of right now. Sometimes I may write about technical aspects of photography or editing and post-processing. I am keeping my options open.
Today, I begin with my first image: nothing fancy, just a simple cardinal at the bird feeder. Beauty in the everyday: