First: Why a photo a day.
Back when I first picked up a camera - round about 6 years ago - I used to take photos of everything and anything. I was constantly documenting life and the world I was stumbling through, and learning in the process how to see details and beauty where you might not normally see it. The past year I largely stopped taking pictures. This wasn't all bad, breaks can be good things. But. But. I've begun feeling like I've literally lost my eyes. And I want to start looking outward and around me again. I felt this year that - through forcing myself if nothing else - I needed to start photographing the little/big/little/big things again. So here we are.
Second, for those of you who don't know me: Who am I.
My name is Tracey. I’m a teacher by education, a website designer by profession, a reader to the point of distraction, a writer because it's a form of therapy and a photographer because it allows me to speak about what I see. I live in Vancouver Canada where I'm surrounded by a company of artistic/truth-seeking/beauty-personifying friends who constantly inspire me with their courage. I love this beautiful city. I am trying to learn Stillness - I believe the truth of who we are is found in Quiet. I am also trying to learn Action - I believe knowledge and awareness can come swiftly through movement. These are not opposing beliefs, both dial down to focus and intention.
Sometimes I lie on the floor and stare at the ceiling. I can listen to the same song on repeat for a week straight. My grandma gave me big feet. I adore beautiful spaces and listening to hockey broadcasts on the radio. I don't own a television but I rather like TV so I BitTorrent a lot. My favourite books for the last five years have been The History of Love by Nicole Krauss and Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card. I'm still waiting for something to come along and knock them off their pedestal.
A few of my favourite words:
epiphany, peripheral, farcical, conundrum, roundabout, freedom
Something beautifully stated:
"First there is the fall, and then there is the recovery from the fall. Both are the mercy of God." - Julian of Norwich
"You were made and set here to give voice to this - your own astonishment.” - Annie Dillard, The Writing Life
Peace everyone ... may you walk through this life with eyes wide open.
Around the interwebs:
traceyj.com - a photo album - Older pictures
Commas & Semicolons: About the spaces inbetween - Book of photos taken in '08 & '09
Photo Sketchbook - Flickr
Life in 140 Characters or Less - Twitter
Email me if you like! I'm a sketchy correspondent at best, I offer pre-apologies.