By now I would hope that you all have figured out that I take a few pictures and sometimes share some of them online here and there and over there and, oh, and here under the Big Top too. I take a lot of pictures. What can I say, I am surrounded by inspiration, love and beauty and the extreme need to capture it all so that I will always have it with me. And because I am always up for being inspired and trying to take at least one picture every day, I am all about an exercise like the lovely Karen Wahlrond’s NaPhoPoMo – National Photo Posting Month. In the spirit of NaNoWriMo and NaBloPoMo, Karen calls us out to take this challenge to push the habit of online creation, quantity-over-quality, just to develop the discipline of a creative practice. To anyone who has ever offered one single compliment for the photos I have taken I have always thanked them telling them that I take literally thousands of pictures and occasionally I get lucky with a few.
My friends, the time has come for a National Photo Posting Month.
Every day, for the month of November, I’m going to take a photograph and post it here, supplementing my regular posting schedule. I’m doing this for a couple of reasons:
1. I love the idea of a daily challenge, but I love the idea of a daily challenge that has an end date even more. I like the idea of creating a body of work — in this case, 30 successive images — even though I have no real idea where this will take me.
2. I love the idea of taking a moment every day to work on my photography. Because I think no matter where any of us are in our photographic journey, practice always helps perfect, you know?
3. I love the idea of stopping and looking around me. While it’s possible that some of my photos might be staged, my goal is that they’re not — that the 30 days becomes a gratitude practice of the beauty that organically exists around me. Because really that’s what it’s all about.
So, get ready: it’s about to be all photographic up in here. And you should join me.
Starting today, keep your camera on you, and photograph something — anything — and save it somewhere. To be clear, you don’t have to be a professional photographer to do this — just have a camera (of whatever type), and a willingness to stop and take a photo every day.
And to make this fun, how about we do this:
If you upload any of your pictures online — on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, whatever — tag it #NaPhoPoMo — that way, we can watch all of the amazing photographs as they come in. See? They’re coming in already!
It really is that easy. Have a camera? Have a smartphone with a camera? Stop. Take a picture. Post it on your Facebook or your Instagram or wherever.
My first official #NaPhoPoMo shot. What? Too obvious? What can I say? This sweatshirt is so me…even if it was in the mens’ section at Target.