For the month of August I am participating in the #AugustBreak2014, started by Susannah Conway, like I did last year, in August 2013. I love the random word prompts that spark such creativity in photography. This year Susannah added an additional feature, where she sends out a daily email that reminds you of the prompt, has some sample pictures, and often some hints for ways to take a more meaningful picture based on the theme of the day. While I am nothing more than an amateur photographer, and I am using my iphone for all these pictures, I am having fun playing around with setting up the “scene” for some pictures and using different angles and perspectives.
Day 9’s prompt was “In my bag”. This day happened to be the last class of my summer semester so I happily emptied my school bag to take an overhead view of the stuff inside.
Day 10’s prompt was “Drink”. I took a number of picture of drinks throughout the day but I liked seeing the sun shine on this drink, out on my peaceful balcony, with some other characters and items that make me smile.
Day 2 called for Pattern. I was surprised to find patterns of all shapes and sizes in different areas of my life.
Day 5 asked us to look for “3”, but not just the number. Three objects or items we put together or find together. I did stage a picture of three books together, which was fine. Then I walked around the building at lunch for a quick stretch and I looked up and saw this:
Day 4 was “orange”. I was panicked all morning, wondering where and how I would find something orange to photograph. As I left to go to work, I hadn’t walked 20 steps out of my front door before I noticed this:
Right in front of my eyes!
One thing this photo challenge has taught me is to truly notice my surroundings. It is important to stop and look up once awhile, to smell the roses, notice the beauty of nature. This is great advice for leaders as well, as time for reflection is so important to build into your regular habits.
Here are the rest of the prompts for the month. What would you photograph? Where are interesting pictures hiding in your everyday life?