What is a Project365? It’s the simple task of taking a picture every day for a year. The idea behind starting a Project365 is to make photography an every day event, with hopes of improving the art. It also has the added benefit of forcing a photographer to slow down and take a different look at the world around them.
So here it is… the first of my Project365 pictures. I didn’t start on January 1st. Usually I would have let that stop me… my analness creeping in, but this year I’m goin’ for it! 365 pictures from January 3rd.
As suggested by others who have done a Project 365, I’m going to follow weekly themes, although will shoot outside of those themes should I feel so inclined. 🙂 I’m using two sources for themes to add a little spice and variety.
This week’s theme was COLD & Something in your house.
Day 1 – Cold
I learned that black and white can be very effective… especially at night.
Day 2 – Cure for the Cold
I learned that even black and white can’t make Split Pea Soup look good.
Day 3 – Playin’ in the Cold
Originally I made the rule that I couldn’t take pictures of my daughter for this project.
Today I learned that was unrealistic! 🙂
Day 4 – Eatin’ the cold
Today I remembered what it was like to be a kid in the winter.
Day 5 – covering the cold
I gathered all the blankets in our living room. There were 6. Just in our living room!!
Day 6 – Something in My House
Today I learned that this project is harder than it looks.
Day 7 – Snow & Cold
It snowed six inches while we were at church this morning.
Winter has finally come to Colorado.
Today, I found another blog about 365… http://365simplejoys.blogspot.com/ I like how she titled her Project as Simple Joys. So from here on out my project will be titled Frozen Feathers. And that will be the overlaying theme for my project… capturing the Frozen Feathers in my life.
The story behind Frozen Feathers is a long one… I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “Take time to smell the roses.” My Grandma used to tell me that on a regular basis. It was her way of saying, slow down, notice the details! We’d be standing at the top of Schoolmarm (A ski run at Keystone) and Grandma would stop and just stare. When asked what she was waiting for, she’d say “Nothin’, just taking time to stop and smell the roses.” Imagine the thoughts of a seven year old kid… “What roses?? There are no roses up here. It’s freezing cold. All I see is white. What the heck?!?!” Over time I grew to understand what Grandma meant by “Stopping to Smell the Roses.”
On a trip to Europe my senior year in college, a photography trip no less, I took LOTS of time to stop and smell the roses. One of the roses I found was a frozen feather lying on a gravel path. It blended into the gravel and was truly hard to see. But there in the midst of that cold January day was a frozen feather. Since then, I’ve modified my grandmother’s saying to “Take time to stop and see the frozen feathers.”
Frozen Feathers can be anything from a literal frozen feather to the mountains we are so blessed to have in Colorado. Frozen Feathers can be the smile your child gives you first thing in the morning. Frozen Feathers are the details in your life.