Category Archives: My 365
As 2014 comes to a close I look back on how I’ve documented our life and all the memories captured and feel overwhelmingly grateful for this beautiful life we have. I know that sounds cliche but I get down too, especially when my husband has to travel a lot for work and I’m solo parenting, but when I look back at a year’s worth of photos I can’t help but to feel so blessed and grateful to live in such a beautiful area and have such caring people in our lives. I love seeing the beauty in the everyday and capturing how wonderful life can be. I recently came across an article by Katie Thurmeshad in Darling Magazine but republished by on Artifact Uprising’s blog with a wonderful quote that really sums up why I choose to photograph daily for my personal life. “We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone.” The time we have together seems too fleeting to me and I want to remember every minute of it.
This is my second year completing a 365 project and each year as it comes to a close I ask myself if I want to continue on with the project in the next year. There are times when my kids put up the objectionable hand in the face when I pull out my camera and that’s when I turn to the dog, the beautiful Vermont landscape or heck, even put myself on the other side of the camera. After all, I can’t expect my kids to be so willing to be photographed if I’m not. It’s a good exercise for photographers to be on the other side of the lens and I’m starting to feel less narcissistic by doing creative selfies or just getting in the frame with my kiddos. I love photographing everyday…..the boring, the milestones, the sports, the illness, the lazy mornings, the kite flying, the chores, the warm hugs, the hikes, the being silly, the toes, the braids. I want to remember every detail and can’t imagine a life without documenting.
After visiting Modern Tate in London and feeling very inspired I headed towards St. Paul’s Cathedral making my way across the Millennium Bridge. As I stepped onto the bridge I saw this man lying there. I wasn’t sure what he was doing. Honestly, I thought maybe he was homeless until I got closer and saw that he was painting on the bridge. Well, technically he wasn’t painting on the bridge, he was painting the chewing gum on the bridge, which I didn’t realize until I asked him about it. I stopped to take a few pictures and then asked him what he was painting and what his name was. He’s Ben Wilson, also known as The Chewing Gum Artist, who has painted over 500 pieces of discarded chewing gum on the Millennium Bridge. You see painting the gum is not a criminal act because the gum itself is just rubbish whereas painting the bridge would be a criminal offense.