So here’s how the photography class I taught inspired me, too! One of the assignments was to begin gathering images for a book – one of the topic options being “A Day in the Life”. So this morning I started mine. I discovered that while it’s not a challenge for me to find images I want to photograph, what’s difficult is deciding how best to narrow down what best tells the story of what a day is like at our house. I’m finding that what I’m going for is less concrete and more abstract. Less showing – more feeling. Hard to describe. Just see what I mean.
I was surprised at how many of my favorite images didn’t include my children’s faces at all, just the feeling of them. I was also surprised at how messy my glass front door is, but then I convinced myself that it just adds to the feeling of “this is my life”. : ) It’s tempting as a photographer to find yourself looking at photography as only your job, but most people who are in the business of photography came to it because of a love of the art. Personal projects like these remind me why I love taking photographs, and why I love my life.