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.
This week’s prompt is ‘Street’.
1/60, f/10, ISO 100
This is the street I drive up and down on, to and from home.
When you drive through a place long enough, you stop noticing things. Like how green it actually is. That the paved road has a decidedly attractive pattern. That on any given day, you are so lucky it’s a pretty quiet street. That you’re pretty lucky to live where you live, despite certain…. well, challenges.
It’s like when you’ve been married or in a relationship for a fairly long time. You stop noticing your other half’s eyes, their smile, the small things they do for you quietly. You stop noticing that you pass each other by like ships in the night, and that you barely touch anymore. You stop saying please and thank you.
Or when you’re so busy zooming through your children’s activities and school and friends, you stop noticing that they’ve grown a few inches taller. You don’t realize that their hair has grown, or that their shoes are getting tight. You stop noticing that they’re reading books that aren’t covered in pictures anymore, and that they can grab their own snacks from the refrigerator.
It’s like when you get so caught up in social media, you stop noticing that you’ve not spoken to anyone on the phone just for fun, and you’ve forgotten how to write a letter with pen and paper. You stop noticing when your regular exercise buddy drops out, or that you haven’t actually been out of the house to meet with someone in real life.
It’s when you stop to take a breath, and look through a lens (of anything, and in my case, a camera), that you see what you’ve been missing. The small moments, the bigger ones, and maybe even the monumental ones.
Stop, breathe, look.
(What do you think of the ‘street’ photo? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!)
Next week’s prompt: Home
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.