When taking pictures, we usually seem to focus on one situation or time frame. If we are at a concert we try to snap the best photo of the band we can. Eating some good food? Take a picture to show everyone how developed your palate is. With phone camera’s so readily available, we take pictures now more than ever. But rarely do we step back and look at our growing gallery from a day to day perspective. With this project, I attempted to do just that. I wanted to see how I use my camera day in and day out and if that says something about me or is a true representation of my life.
From the first week onward I started to realize that I enjoy taking pictures of my surroundings much more than of myself. While others snap selfies or have others take photos of them enjoying activities, I liked to use the camera to represent what my eyes were seeing, not me. I think this is reflective of my own self as I am someone who deflects attention away from me to those around me. As time progressed I saw the photos reflecting the activities I enjoy, wandering around, enjoying the environment I am in. From a snapshot of some graffiti along the BeltLine to an overlooking shot of the 18th hole from the tee box of a golf course, my surroundings were my true inspiration. I also enjoyed capturing the shenanigans of my pets and including a shot of a friend enjoying whatever we were doing here and there.
But as the world transitioned into new territory my photos became much more singularly focused. Life in a pandemic is greatly restricting and not much interaction with others can take place. So my camera once again pointed outwards and started capturing the world around me. Being restricted to the low country on the South Carolina coast I started snapping all of the nature and wildlife I could find. I began to become enamored with how creatures interacted and the transitions of the clouds in the sky. I also started to snap glimpses of previously lively locals, now abandoned and quiet.
It seemed natural to focus on everything other than myself. Looking back though, my camera may be constantly pointed outwards, but it is always shooting something that speaks to my interests and reflects me in the lens.
Start with Week One, linked below:
Also look at the video, A Transition to Isolation, which takes some of the Image-A-Day photos and turns them into a digital story about the 16 weeks this project covered.