Through The Lens Thursday: Sign

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Through The Lens Thursday is a one-year photography project (now in its second year), 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 Sign.

TTLT- Sign

I took this from my bedroom, in my 27th floor apartment. 

I need to get out more. Or at least, lug my camera with me when I do. 

In case you’re like, what sign? It’s that red and yellow one, the Shell logo. Yes, we live in an apartment overlooking a huge highway.

I’m jealous of you who have views of the beach. You, with the mountains. And you, with all those trees in front of you. I get a highway and buildings (okay, there are SOME trees right there). 

So, before I took this photo, I was, oh shit, I haven’t taken any photos for this week’s prompt! I was going to cheat and find something from before, but all my photos are on the MacBook Air I no longer use. Which reminds me, I need to retrieve the thousands of photos there before the laptop really crashes. It doesn’t work so well anymore. Ack.

I digress. Sorry, I’m all over the place this week. I just had a post at Mamalode published, and I exhaled when it did. It was a tough piece about my mother. Have you read it? 

I also have my final piece published on Everyday Family, where I share 5 tips to photograph newborns. Yes, the twins are featured! I had to quit my writing position there, my first paid writing gig, because I just can’t manage the weekly posts anymore. Four kids and all that. Sigh. Would you head over and read it? Thank you.

Next week’s prompt is Table.

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.

Alison
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 DrGreene.com. 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 22, 2015 Allie

    I love it. Everything about it is REAL. The fact that you see it everyday, that you had no time to take the photo and the wishing for a different view. It’s everything it should be and πŸ™ about Everyday Family but I’ll be reading both posts…
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      I guess I don’t ‘see’ what others see, because it’s my daily view, so I don’t appreciate it the same way. πŸ™‚

  • January 22, 2015 Greta

    I love that my eye goes right to that sign, and I love getting little glimpses of the world you see around you!
    Greta recently wrote…Through the Lens Thursday: SignMy Profile

    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      I’m glad that you spotted the sign right away! Mission accomplished. πŸ™‚

  • January 23, 2015 Clare

    I really like the huge gas station signs! Of course everything is bigger here in the USA compared to my native UK, and even though I have lived here for over 10 years, I still gaze up at the darn signs!
    You are a long way up!
    I liked your Mamalode piece, I think it was brave of you to be so honest about your own mother.
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      Yes, we are a long way up and we’re not even on the top floor! πŸ™‚
      Thank you for reading my Mamalode piece.

  • January 23, 2015 Rorybore

    since I am Queen of the photography over reach today, I say that’s a sign and it totally counts! LOL
    And while I may live in a semi rural/suburb area with plenty of green, (seriously, I have houses all around me, but there is a park to one side and a field of cows just one street behind me) if I look at my bedroom window? Surprise – my back neighbours bedroom window!! And deck. Blah, suburbs aren’t all that swell either. I’d love more green space between me and people.
    I mean, I like people and I am delightful – I swear it! – but these neighbours are CLOSE.
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      Oh yikes, I would not want a view of my neighbour’s house!

  • January 23, 2015 My Inner Chick

    You live on the 27th. floor?
    HOW COOL is that?!!
    I thought “SHELL” was obsolete.

    xxx
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      It’s pretty cool! Though apartment living is so common here, I guess we don’t really think about how awesome it is.

  • January 23, 2015 Susi

    I’ve been trying to remember To take a pic of a sign, any sign really so I can post one for the prompt but guess what? Totally didn’t get to it. Ack! Hopefully next week… I think that Shell sign would be recognized anywhere.
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      It’s easy this week – the prompt is table!

  • January 24, 2015 Julia

    I spotted the sign right away, I liked being able to see what your view is from your window.
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      I’m glad you spotted the sign right away!

  • January 24, 2015 Kimberly

    A for effort my dear πŸ˜‰

    My neighbour is a nosy beached whale soooooo you’re not missing much.
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      Hah! Sorry about that. You deserve a nice neighbour.

  • January 25, 2015 Christy

    Thank you for your honesty and all-over-the-place-ness! And leaving your first paid writing gig probably doesn’t feel so great, but you recognized what you were able to give and what you weren’t, and I think that’s awesome.
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      I wish I didn’t have to leave Everyday Family, but it was time. Sigh.

  • January 25, 2015 Tamara a

    You mean ME with the trees, right?
    Sometimes they block the sun! For like four months of the year.
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      Hah! Yes, you are one of them. Totes jelly. Even if they do block some sunlight.

  • January 26, 2015 Rivki Silver

    I’m still thinking about how you live on the 27th floor. So high up! Have you gotten those pictures off your computer yet? My computer crashed this summer and I lost about two years of pictures, so if you haven’t done it yet, DO IT!

    Off to read your Mamalode piece.

    (I think you’re doing amazing with writing and twins and life, btw)

    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      Oh gosh, no, I haven’t taken the photos off the MacBook yet! Ack.

  • January 27, 2015 Natalie

    I want a window over a beach too!!! Take me with you…
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    • January 27, 2015 Alison

      Girl’s weekend!

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