365 Project - something I had contemplated for nearly 18 months but was too fearful to join. Of course, it helps that I have a close friend who is also committed to the project, and we try to encourage each other to take the required photo each day.
But I also registered for a couple of online classes, one of which is the Find Your Eye course by Kat Eye Studio. If you follow the link you can find a full description of the course, but the reason why I registered is because I want to learn how to "express my heart and soul" through photography.
This post is a response to our first assignment:
Why do I take photos? What draws me to photography? What are my motivations? What keeps me excited and interested?
Consider all of the reasons and motivations you have for taking photos, both internal and external.
Since turning 50 two years ago, I have found myself struggling to know the "real" me. No longer entrenched in parenthood, I have now entered the realm of grandparenthood. Phasing out the career as teacher, I am now contemplating the life of retirement. I have graduated from being an eldest child, to being a matriarch of the family.
Somewhere along the way I have lost my sense of me. I have always referred to myself by the role I have played - not by the person inside. And now that those roles have changed - and in some cases, disappeared altogether, I feel out of touch. I have focused solely on raising a family and writing lesson plans - and I have forgotten how to be creative and have fun. All work and no play has made Molly a very dull person.
Photography seemed like an easy solution. I already owned a camera (point and shoot most of the time, but my son recently gave me a dslr) and I didn't think I needed any special talent to click a shutter. I naively thought that "anyone can be a photographer" But isn't it funny how the more you learn about a subject the more you realize you do not know? And while it is true that anyone can click the shutter - it is also true that only through practice can one hope to master the skill.
That is what I hope to gain from photography.