Through The Lens Thursday #2: Corner

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project, where every week, my project partner, Greta of GFunkified and I, will post a picture (or pictures) we have taken based on a prompt. Our hope is that together, we can teach and learn from each other, stay accountable to our goal of improving our skills, and hopefully, be taking some gorgeous photographs. 

A photography project

This week’s prompt is “Corner”.


Taken with a Canon EOS Rebel SL1
1/15, f/6.3, ISO 800

I only waited 6 weeks for this book to arrive.

Humans of New York is one of the most inspirational photography projects in the world. I don’t say that lightly. Brandon Stanton has over 2 million Facebook fans, and his book has hit the New York Times bestseller list. 

It’s not just about photography. It’s about people. It’s about stories. It’s about ordinary people doing extraordinary things. It’s about extraordinary people doing ordinary things. 

It’s about looking beyond what is outside. 

Do not judge what you cannot see. 

Everyone has a story. Do we take the time to find out what it is? 

Brandon Stanton does just that for Humans of New York, and I love it.  

If you’d like to post your own picture on your blog, or social media, based on our weekly prompt, please do and let us know about it in the comments here, we will definitely want to check it out! We would also love for you to join our #ThroughTheLensThursday Flickr community!

 Next week’s prompt: Movement

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page.

As part of an initiative to give back to my readers, I have an ongoing campaign of Comment to Win going on. Comment on at least two posts in January, and you stand a chance to win one 150×150 sidebar ad on my blog. Check out the Comment to Win page for all the details.

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • January 9, 2014 Jennifer McCullough

    Hi Alison,
    Your shot gets cooler and cooler the further down in the frame you look. The fact that you captured the reflection is awesome!
    I’ve accepted the challenge… YAY! And posted my first pic on my blog. I hope you’ll stop by and check it out. Thanks!!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Jennifer! I’m glad you joined us.

  • January 9, 2014 Michelle

    I need to jump on this! I can do movement. I like to take pictures of movement. Love sports photography! I know it could be anything movement but I haven’t taken a sports photo in months and I miss it. I don’t love that my lens that I use for my sports photos was recently broken though. 🙁 I’ll have to figure out something there.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      It’d be awesome to see your shot for “movement”, Michelee!

  • January 9, 2014 Allie

    This is cool Alison. I’m going to give it a try:) I’ll let you know if I score a good pic and am able to post a movement picture next week.

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      I hope you do, Allie!

  • January 9, 2014 NJ

    I love the reflection in this one! I love HONY because I adore the idea behind it. Every picture tells a story. I don’t have the book yet, but it is on my WANT list.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      It is SO good, get it soon!

  • January 9, 2014 tracy

    I love that shot – and I wish the Humans of St. Paul where that interesting…Ha! I’m joining in tomorrow – since OMG
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      I’m glad I gave you 52 prompts!

  • January 9, 2014 Tamara

    Ah, I love Humans of New York. So much. Around here someone started a “Beauties of Northampton” Facebook page, and it’s similar. I really want them to take a photo of Scarlet! Or Des. And the quote from Des would be, “Miyo Baba. Dolly? More. Me. Now I know.”
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, I hope they do too! Because your children are beautiful.

  • January 9, 2014 Emily

    Love that this is a collaborative project! I love Humans of New York, want to get the book, too! How inspiring and perspective-giving those stories are. There is a woman here in Missoula who does a similar project locally. It’s awesome.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      It is an awesome thing, every city should do it.

  • January 9, 2014 Alma

    I would love a copy of this ! I have been a fan for awhile. I remember telling my son about it and last year and it is one facebook account he reads. Since we are from NY (it will always be my home) I hold special affection for his stories of all NY peeps. You are so right everyone has a story. But I have never met such beautiful unique strangers in a town like in NY.
    Great pic!
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    • January 9, 2014 Sarah

      Interesting — I’m not familiar with HONY. I love the idea of this photo project, and I hope to join in soon. I took the first step, getting out my “real” camera and discovered that the charger is long gone. So… when I either find it or replace it, I’ll be in!
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      • January 15, 2014 Alison

        I hope you find your charger soon. There are still 50 weeks left 🙂

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Alma! HONY has certainly given NY a very human soul.

  • January 9, 2014 Shannon

    I think you (and my daughter) were the ones who led me to HONY. I smile every time it comes across my Facebook feed. He does it so very well- the storytelling with a couple lines and a photo.
    I love your shot of the book. I’m hoping to get my corner shot up later today!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      I love your shot!
      I’m glad you like HONY. It’s one of my favorite things on Facebook.

  • January 9, 2014 Nicole

    This sounds like a really cool book. Definitely going to check it out. I love your photo. The reflections, the angles. And the thought behind it. Absolutely love this line: Do not judge what you cannot see.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Nicole! Do check out the book, but check out the Facebook page first. It makes me smile daily!

  • January 9, 2014 sarah reinhart

    6 weeks! you are patient. I think the picture alone was worth the wait though. 🙂 xx.

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Sigh, what choice do I have? Living in Malaysia has its drawbacks. 🙂

  • January 9, 2014 Kerstin

    Great picture, Alison – and I agree with the book. It’s pretty much awesome.
    I gave it to my daughter for Christmas and she loves it!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      That is an awesome gift!!

  • January 9, 2014 Bev

    That is an incredible photo, particularly the reflection of the book against the floor. I’ve heard about his photo project, but I didn’t realize he had a book out.

    Excited to join up with the challenge!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Bev! Thanks for joining us for “corner”, I hope you participate for “movement”!

  • January 10, 2014 Ashlee

    When you posted this prompt with your first through the lens post, I was totally thinking of maybe a corner in a house with some wall décor. You definitely blew me out of the water with this one. I’m a sucker for a photo of a reflection!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thanks, Ashlee! I tried many shots, photographing many things. And this one was my favorite.

  • January 10, 2014 Doctor G

    I learn every single day as a doc that we can’t know anyone else’s internal monologue. So why do I forget this every single day outside my office? Thank you, friend, for the important reminder.

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      You’re only human, Dr G 🙂 xo

  • January 10, 2014 Christy

    I was just looking through my copy of HONY last night! My parents gave it to me for Christmas, and I’ve since checked out other ‘Humans of…’ pages on FB, but Brandon’s is my favorite. I love how he has gotten people to open up to him in such poignant ways.
    Looking forward to following this collaboration and I might participate!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Brandon is definitely the best! Do join us, I’d love for you to.

  • January 10, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Love this Alison (see now I get paranoid when I write your name since you don’t like two L’s in your name, hehe) – I will have to buy this book, I’m not a photographer but I LOVE the visual stimulation photography produces. 😀 Wish I had ANY ounce of photography skills to join your partay! Have a great one! -Iva
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      If you have a DSLR, do join us! The idea is to improve our skills, so it’s actually for all levels. Would love to have you!

  • January 10, 2014 Kimberly

    When I grow up, I want a big girl camera.

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      I’ll send Shawn a hint. xo

  • January 10, 2014 Allie

    I have never even heard of this book or the author!? It sounds amazing and you took a very cool photograph of it. I’ll be checking this out for sure. I love to read and rarely do I find a photography book that offers so much more as this one seems to. Nice work! Can’t wait to see what you come up with next week. How I wish you could photograph me running for “movement!”
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    • January 10, 2014 Barbara

      Looks great! One day I will learn how to use my big girl camera. Taking out my phone is always just so much easier.
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      • January 15, 2014 Alison

        I know what you mean! Which is partly why I started this project – to make me take my camera out and actually use it.

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Now you have! I hope you checked out his Facebook page, it’s a favorite of mine. I wish I could take a picture of you running too! (though you’ll probably zoom past me)

  • January 10, 2014 Rebeccafaith

    I like that you didn’t just do “corner” for corner, you incorporated a book that I’m now dying to check out. I love hearing the stories behind faces. We’re not just bodies, we’re threaded experiences.

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Threaded experiences – yes, exactly!

  • January 10, 2014 Eli

    so many stories out there … and a chance to tell them not only in words, but pictures. I’m looking forward to seeing what you come up with in this project.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      I am kinda looking forward to it myself!

  • January 10, 2014 Katie E

    Oh, I loved this shot even before I scrolled down and saw the reflection and realized it was even MORE awesome!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Hee! Thank you Katie!

  • January 10, 2014 Susi

    That’s an awesome shot. I love the reflection on the coffee table (?)… And I so want to take a look at that book. Going on my Amazon wishlist!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      It was the floor 🙂

  • January 10, 2014 Shana Norris

    I really enjoy their Facebook page. Didn’t know there was a book. Such an interesting perspective in this photo. I like how you’ve posted your manual settings for us, Alison.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      It’s good reference for myself, posting the settings 🙂

  • January 10, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Great ‘corner’. The reflection looks fab, shows off your nice clean floors!!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      I cleaned it before I took the picture. Shhhh. 🙂

  • January 10, 2014 Janice Trinh

    First…cool! What surface did you use? Your floor or a tabletop? Great use of “corner.”

    And, I love Humans of New York. I follow them too. Reading about the details of each person on the photo totally gives new meaning to “perspective” and “don’t judge a book by its cover.” You know what I mean?
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      It was the floor!
      And I totally know what you mean.

  • January 10, 2014 Maureen

    What a lovely shot, Alison! Your words are beautiful too, I love what you said it’s about people and their stories. That’s why I love street photography 🙂
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Yes, that is why I love it too. And thank you!

  • January 10, 2014 Galit Breen

    Wow, sister — that is stunning! And the book sounds amazing!!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Galit!

  • January 10, 2014 Tess

    That sounds like a fun project for people wanting to work on their photography!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      That is what I’m hoping! 🙂

  • January 10, 2014 Christine

    Love Humans of New York. Such an amazing project and your photo! Love it and the reflection.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Christine! Isn’t HONY amazing?

  • January 10, 2014 Ilene

    Do not judge what you can not see. So true. And great photo.

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Ilene.

  • January 11, 2014 Charlotte

    I so very much love the image you captured here AND the theme you have running. Now to get a nice, new spiffy camera (I don’t imagine my small and damaged point-and-shoot would work well…)

    Hope all is well with you, momma, and that you and your family enjoyed the holiday season! XOXO
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      We are well, I hope you are too! xo

  • January 11, 2014 Amber

    I’m impressed with this picture. Very cool!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Amber!

  • January 11, 2014 sisters from another mister

    Happy new year to you… yes, I am late but since I have my first post of the year up … its NEW to me 😉 Love ya girlfriend, all that you do, and all of your love and support and happiness of this last year meant so very much … and I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
    hmm, now pictures …. I must, I must xxxx
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      May your year be amazing, Nicole!

  • January 12, 2014 My Inner Chick

    –Is there anything you can’t do?

    Love the reflection! Fabulous!! Xxx
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Oh, many things. 🙂 And thank you!

  • January 12, 2014 Amanda Jillian

    I love Humans of New York! And the shot is beautiful!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Ditto, and thank you!

  • January 12, 2014 Erin Margolin

    Someday….after I can get it together and make good on my promise to return to writing…I’d like to try my hand at photography. My dad has an amazing eye. Maybe part of me has some of those good genes.


    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      I think you can definitely give photography a go, my friend. xo

  • January 13, 2014 Jessica

    I love this meme and can’t wait to get involved next week!

    p.s. I love your new blog design! I’ve been reading you through my email, so this is new to me! You did a great job!

    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Can’t wait to see you join us tomorrow, Jessica!
      Thank you, my designer, Brittany really did a great job with the new design.

  • January 14, 2014 Kim

    Such a great photo, Alison. I love the HONY Facebook page – it is always so thought-provoking and often so touching.
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      It is definitely thought-provoking. Heartwarming and heart wrenching. Sigh.

  • Since my mother just gave me her old; but perfect-condition(!!) Canon Eos I’m going to start following these prompts!
    Gotta learn somehow!
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    • January 15, 2014 Alison

      Yay! What better time to jump right in?

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