Through The Lens Thursday #20: Empty

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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 “Empty”.

Empty page

1/40, f/2.0, ISO 200

When one has children who is home from school because said school is closed for the week (thank you Hand, Foot & Mouth Disease), this is what happens to one’s writing.

A big fat nothing, that’s what. 

Since I haven’t been writing, I hope you have. If I haven’t been to your blog in a while (I’m so sorry, I’m busy cleaning up crumbs and putting furniture back where they belong), please leave me a link to a blog post, or a friend’s blog (if you want to share some awesome writing) in the comments, and I promise to go read it! (that’s what naptime is for)

(What do you think of the ’empty’ photo? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)

Next week’s prompt: Street

For the full list of prompts, check out my Through The Lens Thursday page. If you’d like to join Greta and I, but not necessarily blog your picture, join our Flickr group, where we upload our photos, and give comments, or helpful critique on each other’s photographs.

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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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  • May 15, 2014 Allie

    This made me SMILE! I’m also feeling lucky since you have been reading my blogs πŸ™‚
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      I wouldn’t miss yours, Allie!

  • May 15, 2014 Felicia

    This photo reminds me of whenever I had to write a paper for school. I would sit and stare at the blank page waiting for words to start appearing on the Word doc. That never did happen…I really do like this photo those. Love the overall composition and my eyes are drawn to the monitor. I really have to get into joining these photo prompts, I feel like they’d help me improve my own photography tremendously.
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Thanks Felicia! Do join us! We have another 32 weeks of prompts left to go πŸ™‚

  • May 15, 2014 Kerstin

    Ugh for children being home the whole week. I still feel that way when it happens to me and mine are teenagers… Wait, why did I agree to homeschool my son next school year?…. πŸ™‚
    It’s almost Friday in your part of the world, so hang in there, my friend!
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Homeschool? You be cray cray, my friend πŸ˜‰

  • May 15, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Ha i LOVE this photo – it’s so accurate.. I’m there every week and some days I’m proud of what comes out other days I’m proud if anything comes out. Take it easy love! -Iva
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Totally taking it easy! (literally have my feet propped up now!)

  • May 15, 2014 Lady Jennie

    This is actually kinda funny. I’m not expecting any long posts this week. πŸ˜‰
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Yes, please do lower your expectations πŸ™‚

  • May 16, 2014 Tamara

    I’m with Allie. I still saw you on my blog and that makes me feel the opposite of empty!
    I’m barely holding it together with my own posts but with commenting, I finally got out of yesterday’s post. That’s a win!
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Tamara, I wouldn’t miss your posts ever!!

  • May 16, 2014 Clare at CatsEatDogs

    Ha, that is a good one! Nothing like an empty draft….. I am sure you are about to fill it with interesting and wonderful words! Clare x
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      I sure hope so, Clare!

  • May 16, 2014 Rorybore

    I am face palming — wish I had thought of this genius idea for the prompt!
    I had such hard time trying to fill my camera with “empty!” ha.

    I really like this shot. It’s a great answer to the prompt, as well as technically being a great shot.
    But I do hope you’re not stuck on empty for too long. πŸ™‚
    Rorybore recently wrote…Through the Lens Thursday: EmptyMy Profile

    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      I was baffled for a long while, I literally took this minutes before I posted it πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  • May 16, 2014 Allie

    Greta picture for your prompt this week. And oh so true…the empty page/kids at home part:)!

    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Allie!

  • May 16, 2014 Nicole

    Ha ha ha! Love it! That’s exactly my world for the last 2 weeks. Minus HFM, plus work overload. My Wordpress probably feels very lonely & neglected.
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Our WordPress dashboards can hang out with each other πŸ™‚

  • May 16, 2014 Alexa

    Yep, that looks about like my blog these days. Go figure, I could have managed this week’s through the lens! Haven’t been reading much either. I miss it! Random question… what day is your son’s birthday? Jelly bean was born 12-22-09!
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      My oldest was born 12/29/09!

  • May 16, 2014 Natalie

    That’s how my brain has been thinking! Empty for blog posts πŸ™‚
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Too much life going on, that must be it πŸ™‚

  • May 16, 2014 Christine

    Hey – that’s what my screen looks like too! Hand, foot and mouth is THE WORST ever.
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      It is, which is why I’m glad my boys didn’t catch it, so really the school closure was a wise idea πŸ™‚

  • May 16, 2014 Charlotte

    Your photo is perfect and captures how I myself have been feeling lately, too. Sometimes I can stare at a blank screen for hours, wondering when the words will come.

    Take your time. Life is busy and you are being pulled in many different directions. Write when you can ~ I look forward to reading from you again! XOXO
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      I’m hoping my words will catch up with me soon πŸ™‚

  • May 17, 2014 julie gardner

    I’m going to take a stab at analyzing an aspect of this picture which I think is beautiful:

    I love that the screen is, indeed, empty of words; but the right side of the photograph gets lighter and slightly blurred as if you’re about to be struck by inspiration.

    I imagine that’s what it’s like in our minds – when something that’s fuzzy suddenly becomes clear.

    Lovely shot.

    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      I like your analysis, Julie!

  • May 17, 2014 Katie

    My classroom is empty πŸ™ That will be my photo. When I remember to bring my camera to school, that is.

    Also, bah to blogging. REST!
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      RESTING!! Have you taken that picture yet? πŸ™‚

  • May 19, 2014 My Inner Chick

    Love the photo of the “Empty” screen.
    OMGosh, that SO resonates with me!
    Love from MN. xxxxxxxx
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      I cannot imagine you running out of words, Kim!

  • May 19, 2014 Christy

    Great subject choice for Empty! I’ve been there- sometimes inspiration and/or time just isn’t on our side. I hate seeing that blank screen sometimes! This reminds me of how I’ve often been intimidated in an art class setting, staring at a blank piece of paper/canvas.
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Thank you, Christy!

  • May 19, 2014 Kim

    I so relate to the empty page. I have had less time for writing and blogging and reading over the past week or so and I am missing it. I feel off my game.
    New week, new start, right? πŸ™‚
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    • May 19, 2014 Alison

      Absolutely, Kim!

  • May 20, 2014 Stephanie

    This is perfect…for my brain this week, too. I couldn’t even figure out a photo to include for your prompt. Next week. And I hope you get back into the swing of things, too!
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    • May 20, 2014 Alison

      Next week’s prompt is ‘street’ so that should be really easy and awesome for everyone! πŸ™‚

  • May 20, 2014 Greta

    I would totally leave a link, but gosh….my editing screen is pretty darn empty, too. πŸ™‚
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    • May 20, 2014 Alison

      You and me both, sister!

  • May 20, 2014 Leigh Ann

    I can never write when I have time. It’s at 5:30 when I have to start dinner or at 10:30 when I’m supposed to go to bed that the inspiration strikes, but I know I can’t do it, so BLERG.
    Leigh Ann recently wrote…some stuffMy Profile

    • May 20, 2014 Alison

      It’s so annoying, isn’t it? Totally blerg.

  • May 20, 2014 Keely

    Clearly it’s an evocative picture- my first thought was, “OhmyGodIhavetowritequicklybeforeanyoneneedsmeagain.”
    Keely recently wrote…Five Months Old. Now With Added Holiness!My Profile

    • May 20, 2014 Alison

      Well then, my empty page served a good purpose πŸ™‚

  • May 21, 2014 Roxanne

    I know that empty page syndrome all too well.
    Roxanne recently wrote…Today I’m writing for #WorldMomsBlogMy Profile

    • May 23, 2014 Alison

      Sigh, it’s hard, isn’t it?

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