January 1: A new year and a new beginning.
In 2009, I took a picture (almost) every day, for the entire year. It was quite a year -- my wife was diagnosed with cancer, we went to Disneyland, and I lost my job. It was as tedious as it was rewarding. By December 31, of that year I was ready for a break -- and then some friends talked me into doing it again. So...in 2010, I took a picture (almost) every day, for the entire year. Again. By the end of 2010, I was done. I put the camera down for almost six months. I lost myself in the beauty of life, without feeling compelled to document it.
It was liberating.
But, by the end of 2011, I found that I was ready to start looking for moments again. The first moment I wanted to see through my lens was sunrise on New Year's Day.
January 2: We went to the Clark Planetarium, and everyone got mood rings (go figure). Blue/green indicates that my teenage daughter is relaxed.
Evidently she was asleep.
January 3: The First Dance.
January 4: Spending my last day of Christmas Vacation shooting a wedding, necessitated my calling in sick my first day back to work.
I spell relief N-Y-Q-U-I-L
January 5: And so it begins. This will not be the last picture I take while hanging my camera out the window, on the drive home.
Maybe I should do a series...
January 6: Self Portrait.
I'm thinking about participating in my friend Corey's year long experiment in weekly self portraits, but since I can't stomach the idea of looking at fifty-two images of my own face, I thought I would take a self portrait of the inner me :)
January 7: SMILE!
I paid a visit to the new Natural History Museum of Utah today.
(Along with 95% of the rest of the state)
There were skinny jeans wearing, scraggly beard growing granola types and uber-moms trying desperately to educate their over stimulated children, there were teenagers plugged in and tuned out to the centuries of wonder they were passing through, and dads rushing the family along so he could get home to "the game" -- whatever game it was.
Then there was this guy, just begging me to take his picture.