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 ‘Green’.
What a great coincidence for a prompt! I happen to have a recipe on Everyday Family this week for these fabulous Broccoli Parmesan Bites (that I promise you, are DELICIOUS), so please, go and check it out, along with 5 great tips on getting your 1 to 5 year olds to help with meal time prep and clean up, from my awesome friend, Dr. Deborah Gilboa (aka Dr. G).
In case you think I’m copping out again for my own photography project, and sharing a photograph I did not specifically take for Through The Lens, you’d be wrong. I finally did haul ass and even went out of the house to shoot some green things.
Even if ‘going outside’ means going downstairs and wandering my apartment grounds, taking pictures of trees and leaves.
You know, I NEVER know how these weekly photography posts will turn out. I never plan to write stories around the photos. Thursdays has become my weekly stream-of-consciousness, pile-it-on-my-loyal-readers-and-friends, random-y day. I hope you don’t mind.
It’s interesting, playing with shadows and light. The darkness of the foreground makes the green at the back pop so much more, doesn’t it? Which is why I decided to minimize editing here. Sometimes, you gotta go with ‘mistakes’ because they turn out better than planned.
One of the best things I’ve learned in 34 weeks of taking pictures consistently is this – you will find beauty in the most unexpected places. It’s like a metaphor for life. What you see through the viewfinder explodes in your mind, it’s really quite….. mind blowing.
More life metaphors – growing, thriving, being, despite your environment. Making your way into the world, following the sunshine, living.
Do you look up when you’re walking? (though, don’t do that near a pool, ahem) Sometimes, you see the most wondrous things. Like how blue the sky is, against the green of a fairly innocuous umbrella. It’s been a while since we’ve had clear skies. Pollution has robbed us of that for many weeks this year. It makes me mad.
Or do you look down? Again, through the miracle of a camera viewfinder, large things, when made small, looks like something completely different. This looks like a flag, yes? It’s actually the floor of an outdoor basketball court.
When you open your eyes and mind, life is so much more than it appears.
(What do you think of these ‘green’ photos? This is a photography exercise, so any critique is appreciated and welcomed!) Next week’s prompt: Texture
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.