Friday, February 3, 2012

shadows

This weeks P52 theme was on shadows.  I had some ideas as to how I wanted to capture this, but the sun did not come out for most of the week.  Yes, yes, I could have been creative and used a light or even a flashlight (which sadly I do not own), but I wanted the SUN.  That isn't too much to ask for is it? 

I struggled with trying to connect to the theme this week.  Since beginning P52, the themes all tied nicely to thoughtful blog posts, so I really wanted to make a statement with the shadows.  I wanted something meaningful to connect with and share with others (you my lovely readers that should totally FOLLOW this blog:).  Some initial ideas I had included trying to capture something that dealt with a lingering shadow of darkness or something depicting being caught living in someones shadow.  I even thought of making a connection to a previous post and writing about the distortions of shadows and how that relates to ones reality and ones interpretations of reality.  

After trying to take photos that related to these ideas, I realized I was WAY over thinking things.  The theme was on shadows, so all I needed to do was to simply take pictures of shadows.  So after a few days of struggling to make some sort of meaning out of the shadows, I finally smartened up and stopped over thinking things.  :) I ended up searching for any shadow I could find and took pictures of them all.  

Here are some shadows in no particular order.  Enjoy! :)

Shadows of my students...so funny!
I love this photo!

Shadows lined up ready to go wherever the taxis take them.

The shadow the ferry made as we were about to dock.

Looking down from our apartment at everyone hurrying about.
I know it is blurry, but I still like it.

Shadow of the windows on the curtain in our room.

This was the most obvious shadow picture to me....
(All of the photos are SOOC.)

This ended up being a great exercise in being more observant.  I find it so easy to get caught up in life and in daily tasks that I simply lose track of all the beauty around me.  Trying to find shadows made me look at what I normally might have walked past and ignored.  I worked on trying to figure out where I could find the beauty in the mundane and the ordinary.  

30 comments:

  1. those shadows on your curtains are fantastic. Great shots.

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  2. The photos of the students and the pattern on your curtains really stand out (though all make your point of taking a closer look at the beauty around you).

    I like what you said about this week's challenge making you more observant and seeing the beauty that is around you.

    If anything, for me, the P52 challenge has taught me to take a different look at the world around me...one that I often take for granted.

    Reflecting on P52's theme each week helps shift things up a bit; and makes me look at things more carefully and with greater appreciation.

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    1. I completely agree! It has been so fun to look at the world with these themes in mind. I'm taking pictures of things I don't normally do and loving the challenge. Thanks! :)

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  3. What a fun series of shots! I love that first one of your students, it is just so fun! Great job!

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    1. Thank you! Every time I look at it, I just have to laugh. :)

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  4. Love the post and beautiful shots. Love the first one. Take care:)

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  5. Love them! The first one is my fave!

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  6. Love the one of your students1

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  7. Love these shots! I really like the one of the street view, it's an interesting perspective.

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    1. Thank you! I hesitated putting the street view on as it is blurry, but I just worked for me. :)

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  8. OK...these were so much fun. I just love the first one...

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them. Thank you! :)

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  9. so much fun! I was more observant, too... You took some great ones!!

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    1. Awesome! This P52 challenge is pushing a lot of us I think. Thanks! :)

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  10. Oh, I love the one of your students! Very creative and fun!

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    1. Thanks! I had some girls like up during recess and this is what they did. Too funny! :)

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  11. Such a fun series of pictures. My favorite is the picture of your students.

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    1. I appreciate the feedback. Thank you! :)

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  12. i really like that first photo! it's perfect!

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    1. I am so glad you like it as much as I do! :) Thanks!

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  13. What a fun group of photos. I love the first one of your students and the photo of the curtain is another favourite. Thanks for stopping by my blog. xxJenny (your newest follower).

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    1. Thank you for the compliment and for becoming a follower! :) Both are supremely motivating! HA! xo Melody

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  14. great post and so right - sometimes it is better to stand back and just take the photos without thinking too much! great shots. I too love the one from your appartment

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    1. Thanks so much! It is sometimes easier said than done though, isn't it. :)

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