With my spiffy new iPod 8MP iSight camera with autofocus, ƒ/2.4 aperture, five-element lens, hybrid IR filter, auto image stabilization (saying this like I know what I mean…) burning a hole in my pocket, and inspired by a TED Talk and my own experience with 30-day challenges, I set out to take a photo a day for a month.
While I’d have liked to produce great art, that wasn’t really the point.
I did want to get used to the new camera — still a smartphone virgin, so this was all new-to-me — but mostly I wanted a way to go about my day seeing things with fresh eyes. The eyes of a visitor, noticing things that a “regular” overlooks. Something like being a tourist in my own town.
Everywhere I went (which, as you may recall, was a lot of places of late), I was more attentive to what was around me. One day I was fixated on all the places red showed up. Another, I was fascinated by kitchen workers smoking outside service entrances. My fondness for foliage was happily indulged. A curious local tradition of placing decorative gourds and ghastly skeletons on doorsteps merited some documentation. I was reminded of the fun I had, and the lessons learned, capturing images in black and white a year ago.
I found myself enjoying street signs and busy bees. I noticed textures, quality of light, funny juxtapositions; the ordinary, the ugly, the repetitive, the ignored. I was more present.
A picture a day kept indifference away.
Here is a sampling…