I had no idea how I was going to start.
I’d created this list of themes to help me be more mindful in 2017. Deliberately abstract, I’d begun to wonder if I’d be able to even come up with a subject for my first photo: Focus.
It had been on my mind for a few days.
Then, yesterday while shortening curtains for my newly painted master bath, I was focused on stitching a straight seam. I guided the fabric, and I was literally focused on the moment: listening to the whirr of the machine, watching the tiny stitches draw a row of tiny dashes along the edge.
It occurred to me that this would be a perfect photo the first week of my mindfulness challenge. It is focus in the moment, focus in photography.
This, then, begins 52 weeks of #createmindfulness2017.
Having just returned from Amsterdam, it is not difficult to find a suitable photo for this week’s photography challenge theme, “Converge.”
I’ve chosen this one, a canal lined with houseboats and bordered by the unique architecture of The Netherlands:
My submission for this week’s photography challenge: Nighttime. (Taken with my Lensbaby, for an abstract, surreal composition.)
There are signs of endurance throughout nature: Leaves that hang on despite wind and rain and passing seasons; the bark on a tree that flakes and curls yet continues to protect; or the flower, long dried and faded, but still clinging to the branch that bore it.
These are my submissions for this week’s photography challenge: Endurance.
I immediately thought of this photo for this week’s photo challenge… Even though it is not specifically something “extra” in a composition, as the newspaper is the central focus, the challenge title makes me think of newspaper delivery boys shouting, “Extra! Extra!” In a way, I suppose it was also unexpected; I happened upon this newspaper tucked into the bench while I walked through the Public Gardens in Halifax one day. I can imagine someone having sat on this bench, reading the morning paper and drinking coffee in this beautiful park before heading off to work for the day.
My son likes to take things apart.
Occasionally, this has been a problem. But as he’s gotten older, he is more likely to ask before he dismantles.
This time, he has taken apart a remote control for a video game. The pieces lay scattered on the table when I was cleaning, and I noticed the fun twists of these wires that I simply had to photography before putting them away.
So here is my submission for this week’s challenge, “Twist”…
Street life might be drivers heading to work, families out for a walk… or these flowers peeking through the fence along the sidewalk.
There is life on this street.