Thursday, July 21, 2016

On Repeat

by Linda


Taking a picture everyday is good practise. It helps us become better photographers in many ways. We all know this. Whether or not you are officially in a "365" group, just a photo (or more!) a day not only helps us to see the world around us in new ways but lets us capture everyday moments to reflect back on. I enjoy looking back through previous "365" photos and even though I am not officially part of a "365", I still take a photo a day.


The problem becomes, how to keep the pictures fresh. How do I take pictures of different things even if I am in the same place day after day. How many pictures of the same thing can I stand? But maybe this is not really a problem after all.


Because I do take a picture of the same thing. Everyday. And when I look at them, I discover they are not the same at all.


I always have my phone with me as I walk each (almost) morning and I take mostly the same route each time. I do have a few favorite vantage points that I always look at more intently as I pass.



Each time, something catches my eye. Each time something is different about the locations. Similar but different and never to be the same again.


So, why not take the same picture again and again? It's never the same. There is always something different about it. Something magic about each place.
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The way I see things..

something is always different, something has changed, whether it is the place or it is me

appreciating the difference in each shot takes a moment, a moment to remember being there, to feel it, smell it be a part of it again, it's a moment of time captured forever

and there's nothing wrong with that
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How about you? Are you on repeat? Do you take the same picture over and over? Don't you love it?

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about my pictures-
first 3 were taken at one location, different days
second three were taken at another location, different days

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"Photography records the gamut of feelings written on the human face, the beauty of the earth that man has inherited, and the wealth and confusion man has created. It is a major force in explaining man to man"
~Edward Steichen

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6 comments:

seabluelens said...

I did my first 365 in 2012-13 as part of a small group. I sighed with relief when it was finished, thinking, well, I'll never do that again! But soon after, I began using an iPhone app called Project365 Pro that uses a calendar format for saving a daily photo. Since then I have been doing exactly what you describe here. I'm often in the same places, photographing the same things over and over, but that's part of the pleasure of it. I get to record a moment of my everyday life, while paying attention to what makes each day unique.

Carol said...

This is great, Linda. It's a perfect example of the day to day changes occuring around us. We would all do well to pay attention to these changes that delineate the days of our lives.

Dotti said...

These are beautiful and each one tells its own story. It would be wonderful to do a four season canvas collage of one of your favorite spots. This is a great way to remind us to keep our eyes, minds and hearts open the beauty in our own little corners of the world.

kelly said...

linda this is exactly what I have found to be true as well. and I personally love the repetition in my 365 photos...because individually they tell the story of the setting, but together they tell a story about me. thank you for reminding me of that today. xoxo

terriporter said...

I have done a few 365's and have had the same thoughts about repetition and the same conclusion. Even though photos are taken at the same place or of the same thing, they are not the same. There are the subtle nuances of light and color and as photographers we are able to capture that and preserve it. I love what seabluelens said above about recording a moment of our everyday lives and paying attention to what makes each day unique. Your photos are the perfect illustration of how the same place can look completely different at different times. I always look forward to your "morning show" photos when you are out on your walk and photographing the sunrise. And I've never seen any two that look the same!

Cathy H. said...

I've never been one to walk at the same time each day, but I can certainly see the advantage of that! The light and the situations is always going to be a little different than the day before and you capture it so beautifully.

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