I used to drive everyone crazy with my camera. At all family gatherings, parties at friends’ houses, you name it, I had that thing out and snapped, snapped, snapped away.
I don’t do that anymore. I also no longer sit for hours with photographs and collage frames, putting them together to display on the wall.
I don’t know why. Perhaps with the latter, it’s because I’ve gone digital, so instead of getting prints from every roll of film, I just have images on a computer screen that I never bother printing out (my poor photo albums sit neglected on shelves).
I miss this part of myself. I’m probably missing a lot of opportunities to capture important memories.
It’s not that I don’t take any photos. I got some great ones of Emma’s first horseback riding lesson, I took a few last time I visited Buffalo and a few at J and D’s last weekend. But not enough. I didn’t get the wonderful candids I love. J has some that I hope she’ll at least pass on to me (please?), but I have only a few of Emma and her cousins on my camera — I haven’t even uploaded them to the computer yet, a week later.
I am a creative person. I write. I cook. And I take and arrange photographs. I may not be the best photographer out there, but I try my best and sometimes I even get lucky. I think I need to commit myself, as I have to this blog, to taking my camera with me everywhere and taking photos even when I don’t feel like it.
The day after this blog posts (I’m writing it on Thursday), I leave for Cocoa Beach for a work trip. My best friend is driving down from Jacksonville to spend a couple days there. I’ll be working during the day, but we’ll have the evenings to do fun things. My plan is to post a photo blog of the trip. The only writing will be photo captions. This is my new promise to myself.
In addition to that trip, I’m having women from one of my Meetup groups over for a potluck this weekend (last night, as you’re reading this). It will be at my house, so it should be easy to snap lots and lots of photos.
I would include a photo illustration in this blog, but somehow, I think that would be disingenuous. So I won’t. I will allow it to be conspicuously absent.