knee deep in weeds

notes on living a life

play dirty || week 2

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures.”
— Don McCullin

the week is full of movement as we hit the gym everyday; i even dig out
the yoga mat, and take a class. we take walks in the cold, bundling up
against the freezing temps and savor the clear, blue sky.
the dog whines because every morning his outside water bowl
is nothing but a block of ice. and we all rest in the sun, which
pours through our front windows. 

“Remember, remember, this is now, and now, and now. Live it, feel it, cling to it. I want to become acutely aware of all I’ve taken for granted.” 
― Sylvia Plath

i spend a great deal of time during the week, thinking about my photography practice. 
i consider all the photographs i see in the course of one day;
photos on Instagram and flickr,  facebook and on blogs i read. 
i take note how i quickly scroll though hundreds of photos a day, 
stopping for two reasons. . .  i have a personal conncetion to the person
who posts the photo, or the photo knocks my socks off. 

Instagram facts ::
Over 40 billion photos have been shared
Instagram clocks up 3.5 billion likes every day
On an average day, 80 million photos are shared

i see so clearly that i am on a bit of photo overload. . . 
and i make a conscious effort to notice the wonderment of life around me. 
i aim to shoot with intention and purpose, reflecting on the moments that
deepen the meaning of my life. 

“America is the first culture in jeopardy of amusing itself to death.” 
― John Piper, Don't Waste Your Life

three things :: 
i bought this backpack and really like it so far (he says he will be able to spot me in a crowd now) 
if you are lucky enough to have a child in your life, check this out
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Our work is to make ourselves visible in the world. This is the soul's individual journey, and the soul would much rather fail at its own life than succeed at someone else's.
~ David Whyte

i call this. . .  playing dirty 

“PLAY DIRTY! Dive into mudpits. Roll in old poop. Dig tunnels in the sand. You’re only a puppy once. There’s time to be clean later.” ~ anonymous

on a side note, i am shutting this part of my blog down for a bit. 
I will still be posting my 365, but i need a break from the weekly writing i think. 
i find each week it is harder and harder to come up with something to say, 
that is truly from my heart. so in a few days this page will be enabled. 
thanks so much for your support and understanding.