I recently participated in an online photography and writing class called The Photo Essay Project hosted by 'creative maven' Bindu Wiles. The idea was to expand your photography and writing chops by completing weekly assignments using new creative techniques and technology. The goal was simple, broaden you artistic perspective by sharing your day to day lives and using your iPhone. That's right, just your iPhone. Every picture taken and every word written was done on your phone. And then we created an online community and shared our work, all on the phone, all in near-realtime, all with 2 thumbs essentially. It's so freeing to leave behind the big camera and not have to wrestle with the exhausting editing software. (Stupid Photoshop!) To me it's the difference between running and flying. I thought I'd give flying a try.
Below are some of my favorites from the 5 week course. The subject matter is eclectic but in an interesting way they relate. I didn't see it until I created this post but it's there. A delicate thread of association and familiarity.
|into the sun.|
|for sun kissed corn.|
I used to wonder if I fit in. Now I’m happy that I don’t. Now I just find the stillness in my uniqueness and I sit in it. I wallow. I loll. I muck around. I’m still.
|head in the clouds.|
|Today I noticed the cutting board was in the refrigerator. When did I put it there? Why did I put it there? And most strangely, why did I leave it there?|
|the straight and narrow.|
|Memories of you bead up on me. I have no shelter from your weather. Time heals nothing. And time can not protect against inclement clouds of hope.|
|you’re like helium to my deflated heart.|
|starting my life over each morning.|