Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Thankful Day 6 & Day 7

Thankful # 6: Photography & my camera
Thankful #7: Shuttersisters.com & Project 365

The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera.
-Dorothea Lang

I am so so very Thankful for photography, and even more specifically the Shutter Sisters. When I picked it back up again earlier in the year, I was at a very low point in my life. Having such a hard time dealing with my back pain, feeling physically incapable of being productive, and no hobby to speak of. When I stumbled across the Shutter Sisters blog and discovered the Project 365, I was so inspired. Inspired by all the beautiful photography of the women who write the blog and the photography of people from all places taking and sharing their photography daily. Inspired that a group of women (and a few men) come together every day to share inspiration. And the project gave me purpose. It makes me feel I am doing something, and I have that feeling of accomplishment back.

I love what a photo holds. A single photo can freeze a moment in time, capture an emotion, capture a feeling, capture beauty of the natural world around us.One aspect of photography I have always found to be so intriguing is you can give multiple people a camera, and tell them to shoot the same thing, and you will get different photos with varying perspectives and point of view.

I have noticed how much taking daily photos has changed the way I see the world around me. I notice details I never saw, paths I never noticed, and unexpected beauty everywhere around me. Taking pictures everyday I see changes...changes in seasons, in nature, in weather, in people, and places. I love focusing on the little details and finding beauty in places you would often overlook.

I am still learning and growing every day. But mom was right...practice does make perfect. (Well maybe not perfect...but it sure makes a difference!)

Many have shown up on my blog, but here are a few of my favorites so far...I am on day 128.
You can see the rest of my 365 Project here.


  1. I cannot tell you how amazing these are!! Chels, I am so so amazed at your talent and am so thankful too that you have some joy back. Like you, I am amazed at how I notice things since I have had my blog now for a little over 3 years. Finding something to talk about really gets your mind in tune with what is around you, what has happened, what things look like - the weather, a project, a meal. Really, it's a time to reflect on something that has happened, and it is so cool! I think my eyes have been opened to the world around me in a whole different way, and I hope to never be one of those people who finds blogging a chore that they threaten to give up on to their readers. Why do it then? Not me, I love it. And I love you!



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