Monday, February 3, 2014

Looking Back | January.

…through the lens of my daily photos.
cool collage thanks to the collect app. note that it does a lot more than simply collect photos. the output options are amazing…especially for project life!
I recommitted to the fatmumslim daily prompts in December. It is great fun to take a photo with my phone, add a few filters and post it on Instagram*.  And starting this year, I'm going to round out that daily experience with a monthly look back here on my blog. I know a few of you have seen these daily photos already so I'll try not to duplicate too much.

Here's the story I see from this month's photos:
::From Where I Stand (3 photos) - Uggs, ballet flats (and bare feet) and boots. What a weather month we've had!
::Knitting (4 photos) - the beginning of Katie's Beaubourg (which I've been blogging about for the shop), Ysolda's Mystery KAL and my Pebble Gradient. 
::One Little Word (3 photos) - one of Grace (last year) and two of Choose (this year's word).
::Selfies (not of feet - 5 photos) - this is one of my favorite things about my phone and quick photos! although hand selfies (I had two) and neck selfies (I had one) get pretty tricky at my age. just saying! those filters - and especially black and white! - can be a lifesaver.
::Holly (5 photos) - she makes very regular appearances. I have a special hashtag "HollyaDayforSara" to call them out. 
::Project Life (1 photo) - and that was way back on January 1…when I was finishing up 2013! Of course I am now three weeks behind for this year, but if things go well, I'll catch up this week. positive thinking!

…and what I didn't see:
::Snow! I guess I wasn't creative enough to figure out how to incorporate it into any of the prompts for this past week, but that was a Huge Big Deal here.
::Knitting FOs. I had four (baby hat & mitts, a sweater, mitts and mittens). I blogged about all but the sweater.
::Food. a cup of coffee with a few almonds and a glass of wine with a piece of chocolate doesn't count! I ran a race last weekend. I definitely ate! (New Year's leftovers, salad, pizza, fish and mexican chicken soup featured prominently in the menu).
::Fitness. pretty much daily walking or running, last weekend's 15k, and three times weekly yoga. This is a big part of my daily life (it takes up a lot of time!) and I'm surprised I didn't find even one day's prompt to highlight it.
::People! I rarely include anyone other than me (or Holly) in these photos. I'm not sure why. (I have included their feet or their wineglasses, but very rarely their faces!)

This has been a good exercise for me - I'm going to try to make February's collage tell a more balanced story. We'll see!

I'd love to hear if you see something I missed from the collage! If you make collages like this are you intentional as you go through the month to tell your story?

*I finally realized Instagram is the main reason I've missed so much time here. It's easy! And the community is amazing. But it's quick - and I feel like the connections I have there are quick too. They're very supportive, but I doubt they know me or my family the way anyone who reads my blog would. (ok, they do know that I knit, have an adorable dog, drink wine and coffee and love to take photos of my feet). But the connections I can make sharing not just images and a quick caption, the ones that result in real mail in my mailbox, and genuine caring about life (and death), those connections are the ones I have here. And I'm recommitting myself to holding up my end of that relationship. Quite simply, one of my first choices of 2014 was to be present here.

5 comments:

  1. I always love seeing all of your photos, Mary, they are a great slice of life. I use the fms prompts for when I can't come up with anything else - they are my "fall back" topic, if you will. I am definitely not intentional as I take my daily photos but I should take more photos of people. I think I don't because I'm uncomfortable asking someone to let me photograph them. I need to improve my confidence with this, though, so I should make it a goal to do it more.

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  2. Love the looking back and how photos tell (recapture) a story, even if it's just everyday stuff. I think it would be fun to make up stories about other people's photos too.

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  3. Many people are using Instagram and FB as they're quick (and fun). Maybe I'll be able to join in when I get a smart phone (maybe this year), but at the moment, I feel a left out of many conversations. The blog is a place for real connections, for friendships, and sharing life more in depth. I'm looking forward to seeing more of you this year and hearing about your choices.

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  4. Mary, This is a great post! I am going to try to use the Collect app with more intention this year. I like the way you analyzed your pictures, and are trying to make your story more balanced. Instagram is so great for me since it is quick and easy. Maybe one of these days I'll start blogging. Have been thinking about it for awhile. Really enjoy your blog!

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  5. Your collage is wonderful ... I really like this :). Your fitness routine deserves a very special mention, I think, in February - good for you!

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