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Photo Walk

Last week I really wanted to get my camera out again and get back into the swing of photography. I haven’t done a lot of shooting since last fall when I finished up senior pictures and a few engagement sessions. I was a little unsure that I would find anything worth photographing around my house, but it turned into a great exercise in finding images in unexpected places. I walked the route that I walked everyday to class last semester and I tried to look at things in a different way to find some interesting images. I also challenged myself to lay down on the grass and see how many different images I could capture from that one spot. Here is what I ended up with:

Why am I doing this?

After reading a lot of blogs for a long time, I am finally starting one. Why? Well, if you ask that question, there is no simple and straightforward answer. I mean, I could give you a simple answer, but that wouldn’t really tell the whole story.

The simple answer is that I am going on the trip of a lifetime this summer, and I want a way to share what I am doing with people back home. That is simple. That is normal. That is average. (And great for a lot of people.) But, after a lot of deliberation, I decided that I don’t want it to end there. I want this to be more than an 8-week project. And there are several reasons for that.

1. Ivory Tower and practicing my writing

This past year, I have been on the staff of the Ivory Tower (my University’s undergraduate art and literary magazine.) This experience was incredible. I worked with so many wonderful people, learned an amazing amount, and produced a spectacular magazine (if I do say so myself. haha.) Through this class and a trip to the 2012 AWP (Association of Writers & Writing Programs) conference, I have learned a lot about publishing  and I want to try it out for myself. Prior to this class, I wasn’t much of a writer beyond class papers, but now I want to try writing about things that matter to me.  This blog is a way for me to have an outlet for my upcoming writing experiments and the artwork that I would like to publish. Which leads me to…

2. Photography

I love photography and have been seriously working on my photography skills since high school. For the last two summers, I have taken senior portraits and started my own small business. This summer I will be traveling in July and August, so I won’t be able to do senior photos. I need some kind of outlet for my work so that my photos don’t just spend their lives sitting on my hard drive. Also, having a place to share my photos encourages me to shoot more, which will make me a better photographer. It is definitely a win-win all around. (And there might, possibly, be some food photography to go along with some of the recipes that I want to post.)

3. My Faith

This year my faith has grown leaps and bounds. I am excited to share that with people as a student missionary with Saint Paul’s Outreach next fall, but in the meantime, I want to learn how to share my faith through my writing. I want to be honest about my faith and I hope that my sharing will be relevant to what some of my readers are going through. I also am really interested in how my faith impacts my beliefs in the environmental movement, and I think this blog will be a great platform to explore that.