The other day, I ran into a friend who I haven’t seen in a long time. I miss seeing her because when we do get together we talk about good books, our favorite writers and what is currently inspiring us. As soon as I saw her (in the library, of course!), I commented on how long it had been since we had talked.
She laughed and said, “Well, I feel like I see you everyday!” It turns out that she is a regular blog reader and therefore, felt like we had been visiting over her cup of morning coffee each day. And then she said something so interesting. She commented on how my pictures have changed and she wondered what I had been doing differently. At the time, I responded by telling her about the amazing photography class I had taken this fall called Picture Everyday at Big Picture Classes with the fantastic Tracey Clark.
As I was thinking back on our conversation, I realized that she may have thought that Picture Everyday was about technique. About aperture and lighting and focus. In fact, there was next to no conversation along those lines. While Tracey has plenty of knowledge in these areas, her approach to photography is much more simple. She encourages her students to truly picture the everyday. To take pictures of the simple and mundane parts of our lives for it is truly these little things that our, in fact, our lives.
In looking back through my recent pictures, I realized how much my photography has changed since taking Picture Everyday. I take pictures of things I would have walked by the month before. I have stopped to notice things that would have escaped my eye without the reminder to pay attention. I have actually signed up for Tracey’s latest class called Picture the Holidays which I am sure will be filled with much of the same goodness. Really though, I have probably already learned what I need to know.
Stop. And pay attention. It really can be that simple…