Can you believe it's March already!
One of my photo prompts in February was to photograph 'looking forward'. To help with this Katrina pointed us to one of her posts on The Daily Digi which was about doing more of what you do best, to get more of what you love! She asks you to quickly look at your photos, stopping when one catches your eye and, without over-thinking, note down what you love about it. Keep doing this. Then look at your list and highlight words that resonate most. Look at your highlighted words - what theme do you see? Story? Contrast? Composition? Light? Time?
So reflecting back is something I am going to do over the next month. Already I intuitively know that I have changed in my approach over the past month. As I thought, January was about establishing a photographic practice with my iphone - a routine part of my day. For the first half of January I didn't pay any attention to the prompts - I just wanted to get a photo taken and uploaded. Then come mid-January, I sort of eased into seeing what might happen if I followed the daily word prompts. And I discovered it gave me a sense of focus and sharpened my sense of creative adventure - so much so that on Day 33 I was awarded photo of the day for my 'Blur' photo!
I still went off prompt every now and again, but I was so much more committed to seeing what unique take I could bring to each day's challenge, and how I could contribute to our CY365 community. I let the prompt sit with me for a little while until an idea comes to me. This might involve hunting around for props, or taking a walk outside to see what the light is doing, or heading off down to the beach. It might mean playing with lamps and card inside as I try to create backdrops and lighting (all DIY jobs!) to make something ordinary, look a little bit special. It might mean taking a photo from multiple angles or using different macro lens to see just what effects I can create. It might mean crawling around in wet dewy morning grass to see if I can get the sunlight to reflect just perfectly.
And in February, the narratives accompanying my photos have sort of suddenly become much more important to me. I'm really not too sure why, but maybe its because the story is starting to capture me. And as I write this, I become aware that it's also because I have become more comfortable in sharing parts of myself with the kind and generous online CY365 community. I shared my photo and narrative for Day 54 over on my blog page in February.
There are lots of things I have learned so far, but one which is prominent for me today is acceptance and gratitude for what is. Some days my photos do not turn out as I had hoped, or I learn something totally different to what I planned, or I just shoot something ..anything ... so I have a photo for that day, or the gallery photos look so much more amazing than I could ever shoot! So yes, I am happy with my progress so far because it teaches me to each day honour my 365 commitment, and to accept that each day I may honour that in a different way, but whatever way I do, it is enough. And in this small creative act, each day I am reminded, that I am enough.
And it is because this telling and sharing of story is saying 'I am important', that I have changed my photo layout for March.
Hope you enjoy my March in pictures! XOX
Captured this very soft early morning rainbow which I thought might brighten up someone's day. It reminds me of this quote by Maya Angelou"Try to be a rainbow in someone's cloud"
Thistles which, although many people spend a lot of time trying to get rid of them, do make wonderful subjects! Close up they are spectacular and definitely textured, sharp and pointed, with the added bonus of vibrant colour!
My Mum is so clever with a needle - whether it be sewing clothes, embroidery, knitting or quilting. She lives just around the corner from me, so for today's prompt I would have been so spoiled for choice! But I am not at home today! I am in another part of the country. But I do have with me, my beautiful bed quilt which my Mum made for me some years ago. I have previously featured this quilt in another day's picture but it really fits the prompt so well, and as you can tell because it comes with me whenever I can, it is something I love very much. She originally made it as a wedding present for me. Unfortunately, my marriage did not last. However, my beautiful quilt has, and reminds me not of lost love, but of a mothers love which will forever be wrapped around me.
Dandelions are one of my most favourite flowers to photograph close up. From a distance they look quite plain and can often be thought of as just weeds, but close up they are full of twirls, whirls and curls!
Karioi maunga (mountain), which is an extinct volcano, who oversees the small town where I live. She is the subject of some of our legends, and has the profile of a sleeping lady - wahine moe. I took this from the sea where we spent ventured out yesterday for a days fishing with my nephews.
As you in the north are moving into the spring, we in the south are holding on to our last days of summer. Today was a perfect example, with footsteps on the beach a reminder of the magic summer we have had.
I took a drive to the beach today. I usually walk or run there but today my Dad wanted to do some beachcombing so I went for a drive with him. It was a popular day for horses today which I love to see!
I found this feather on my run this morning. Feathers for me inspire a range of thoughts, one of which is our ability to seek freedom and rejuvenation no matter where we are. So, sort of related to today's prompt ...
I know you most of you are waiting for Spring to arrive, but I am trying to keep hold of Summer! Seashell mobiles created by my nephews dangling against the blue sky - what could speak of summer more than that!
I don't know that the sun is going to hang around for the golden hour today so I had a go at seeing how well my iphone could capture sun starbursts ... still a work in progress I think!