Sunday, November 23, 2014

Focus on Phoneography

We are focusing on gratitude all this month here at Focusing on Life and are so grateful to all of you for posting to our #gratitude tag this month. Keep your images coming during the rest of this month of gratitude. We love sharing what you are grateful for.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Focus on You

There were several really nice 'gratitude' photos in this week's gallery but when I got to this one, I found it so touching, I knew I would have to choose it for this week's Focus on You.

This photo was taken by Maria, also known as 'echie52'. If you'll head over to Maria's Flickr photostream, you will be rewarded with some beautiful photos as well as some of the most meaningful and artistic word art anywhere on the net.

Here's what Maria said about her photo:

This is really special for me. My mother has been having health issues and it means so much to me that my husband is right beside me. I am so grateful I was able to capture this moment. It tells such a wonderful story about the man I married.

Maria, your husband is indeed a prince among men. Thank you so much for sharing this special photo with us. The true measure of a good photograph is not what you see with your eyes, but what you see with your heart. Maria's photo truly spoke to my heart and I hope it will speak to yours as well in this season of gratitude.

Friday, November 21, 2014

365 Days

by Cathy

“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration's shove or society's kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It's all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. stay eager.”  

~ Susan Sontag

For the last couple of years I have done a 365 project; a daily photo paired with a few words about the day. I shared the photos on Flickr and on my personal blog. When I set forth to do my first 365 I took a photo every day but did not give much thought to it, focusing instead on learning to get my camera off manual mode. I viewed it a little bit like homework. This past year however I really tried be more present; capturing moments in the day which really spoke to me and not worrying so much about the settings of my camera. 

Why commit to 365 days of photos you might ask? For me it is mainly about journaling proof and learning to pay attention. Plus, it has helped me become very familiar with my camera. There is no doubt that picking it up every single day and shooting in all types of situations has helped me become a better photographer and helped me develop my style. I now view my camera as an extension of myself, something to be used, and not some expensive tool which lives in my padded camera bag. If you were to walk into my home you would see that it is out all the time; in the kitchen if I am cooking, lying on the dining room table or on my desk; in my purse if I am leaving. It gets used. 

Lately I have been using my new iPhone for my daily photos, which has helped me learn the iPhone, after switching from an android device. It has also helped me get to know the new apps I have.

The new year is just around the corner and I am giving thought to just what my 365 will look like in 2015. I have loved this month of gratitude and am trying to think of a meaningful way to continue with that in some manner; but I still have a few weeks to decide. I do know that I will be at it again in 2015, not for the sole reason to become a better photography (although practice is so important) but because it has helped me appreciate this life around me. It has helped me pay attention. It has helped me stay eager.

What do you have planned for 2015? Do tell. . . . 

Isn't life grand! xoxoxo

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