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Found Objects from A-Z

17 Jun

While walking along Bardstown Road yesterday afternoon with Christopher I came across a discarded book that I just had to take a photo of, and after adjusting my angle and some helpful suggestions from Mr. Shiner I finally got the shot I wanted. As I was walking away from the book I had a light bulb moment… we should make this a game!

It took us a few minutes to hammer out the rules of the game, because we are both anal like that, but we finally decided that the object would be to photograph found objects along the streets from A-Z. Not necessarily in that order but the first letter of the object we photographed was the only letter that counted, we couldn’t move the object from where or how we found it, it couldn’t be part of the natural environment, and neither of us could photograph the same object. Sounds fun right? It was, until said game  forced us to notice how indescribably dirty Bardstown Road is and how many weird things people discard on the street.

Instead of our usual conversation filled walks we were now on a mission to beat one another to the coolest objects along the street. Picture us crawling around  Bardstown Road, taking photos of objects like cigarette butts and old spoons. I am sure we looked insane. We had a great time until we took a break for lunch, and a downpour ruined any plans we had  for more street crawling.We have decided to make it an ongoing project until we are finished.

More than anything this little game has really motivated me to get back to the photo walks I used to do and the images that I used to love to capture. A while back I decided to focus on portrait work because I was so afraid of it before and somewhere in all that focusing I lost the way I looked at my daily world. I used to spend so much of my time taking photos of everything from nature to architecture and I really still have passion for that, this little game we played just reminded me to make time for it.

I am posting my first “found photo” which represents my “B” find,  and is obviously a book.  If you didn’t get that from the photo we need to talk.

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Day 169 – Never Judge a Book

20 Sep

I can’t tell you how important books and reading are to me. Reading is knowledge, an escape, entertainment, and much more so when I saw the New Albany Housing Authority partnered with the New Albany Public Library to give books away during their function it spoke to my heart. I think it is so important to encourage children to read, to make books readily available, and to teach them the importance of enjoying all types of literature. For some people traveling will never be an option so they can experience different cultures through reading about them, for some kids it is the perfect way to learn about their history, and for some it will be an inspiration to take a writing class. The possibilities are endless and we should do everything we can to encourage it.

If you can’t tell I am very passionate about this subject and while I love having books on CD while I drive, or Kindle on my phone for when I fly, nothing will ever replace curling up in a comfortable chair with a good book in my hand being transported to a different world.

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