As part of my goal to savor this year, I’ve been working on slowing down and appreciating the things that are around me. One of the ways I do that is through photography.
Photo taking gets a bad rap. I hear a lot of “Put down the camera and live the moment!” buzzing around the Internet. I’m not in that camp. Yes, if you are only focused on taking photos, then you can focus in too narrowly and miss what’s going on around you. You can miss out on being an active participant. That’s a case of too much of a good thing.
But unless there’s a planned photo shoot (for which photo taking IS the event), or a deeper documentation project like Day in the Life, my camera isn’t out often. I stop to think about what I’d like to capture, take a photo, and move on. These few seconds of savoring hardly cause me to miss out on the action.
When I’m being intentional, it does the opposite. Thinking about taking photos forces me to slow down and really notice what’s around me. Such was the case a few weekends ago when Jake and I spent the majority of what was presumably the last beautiful weather day in Kansas City walking around. I stopped to take a few photos with my phone along the way.
Here’s why I took these photos:
I love the juxtaposition between neon signage and the Art Deco terra cotta tile facade on Main Street.
I love that giant clock and the first peek of the skyscrapers downtown over the hill.
I love the lines created by scaffolding.
I love the tile and Spanish architecture influences around the Plaza.
I love when you can see the moon during the day. I love when trees bend over houses. I don’t love abandoned houses that were once clearly beautiful. This one has a hole in the roof and has been condemned.
I have a few planned photo shoots of Kansas City lined up for later this month, but for now I’m happy that I stopped to capture a few things on Jake’s and my walk that I find beautiful.
P.S. If you’re wondering about a One Little Word update; I’be been saving up a bunch of the monthly prompts and I’ll be sharing them at the end of the month!