How can a memoir also be a photography manual? This week I reserved the book The Gift of an Ordinary Day. Amanda Morgan over at Not Just Cute writes, the book “is a beautiful reminder to stop wishing away the mundane and find the joy and power in the everyday, ordinary, and ultimately magical moments of childhood and parenthood. You can get a taste of the book from the author’s reading here. You might want to grab some tissues.”
Now, generally I consider myself a tough cookie, so I didn’t follow her advice. Halfway through I had to pause the video to grab a box of Kleenex. Watch the clip; I promise it is worth your time.
This passage really hits home:
Our photo albums from those days are full of pictures of birthday cakes and holiday celebrations, vacation trips and family adventures, piano recitals and baseball games. But the memories I find myself sifting through the past to find, the ones that I would now give anything to relive, are the ones that no one ever thought to photograph, the ones that came and went as softly as a breeze on a summer afternoon.
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Still uncertain about the commitment of joining a group project? Stay tuned this week to learn about…
- The Zen nature of photography and how you can use Project 52 or Project 366 to capture the power of being present in your daily life.
- Fun alternative ways to participate in a group project over the course of the year even if you “have no time.”
PS: Are you thinking, “What the heck is Project 366 anyhow?” It is the commitment to take a single photo every day for a full year. Many people start their project on January 1st, but you can begin on any date. It is a wonderful way to improve your photography skills, get to know a friend, or document ordinary family moments. However, being a parent is NOT a prerequisite. Some of my favorite photos from our 2010 Project 365 came from a bachelor. If the thought of 366 photos feels overwhelming Peanut Blossom is also offering a-photo-a-week Project 52!
Zina Harrington is an everyday photographer participating in Project 2012 using a variety of cameras including an old Kodak, an advanced Fuji point & shoot, as well as her iPhone. The goal of her educational blog Let’s Lasso the Moon is to encourage parents & children alike to ask questions, grow, and enjoy learning. She believes a child is like the moon reflecting the light in their universe; that children echo our parenting style, our religious beliefs, our creativity, and our curiosity. Join Let’s Lasso the Moon & Develop in a quest for light.