Sometimes you just don’t see until you look

I took this photograph while at my grandparent’s house the day after Christmas:

365-171_Window at Grandparent's House

I didn’t really think much about it. Was just snapping some photos and I have a thing for windows. But today when I say down to post my Project 365 photos, I really fell in love with the composition of the picture. Somehow the balance of the shapes just really makes me happy and I get just the barest sense of melancholy that, like a hint of chili powder in your brownies, makes the sweet all the better.

I thought to myself that if I hadn’t needed to find a picture for my project, if I hadn’t gotten into the habit of taking pictures on a daily basis, if I hadn’t been aesthetically unhappy with some of my other photos of the day . . . I wouldn’t have actually taken the time to look; to actually look enough to see.

Even with taking pictures on a daily basis since July, I still often forget to look enough to see, to listen enough to hear, to eat with enough deliberation to really taste. Maybe this picture will help remind me when I forget to pay sufficient attention to the here, the now, and the joys that are all around me.

Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

365-98_Jack-O-Lanterns Galore

Taken at the Roger Williams Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular. It was cold, and rainy, but still damned spectacular and I was glad I went. Thanks Jen for taking me!

You can see my full set of pictures from the night here

This, however is one of my favorite pumpkins of the night:

Roger Williams Zoo Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular

If you are in RI, I would recommend checking it out. Few things that are billed as “spectacular” truly live up to their claim. This particular event, however, actually fulfills its hyperbole.

Project 365 Highlight

I won’t be posting the majority of my Project 365 photos as posts to the blog, but whenever I happen to be really proud of an image, I’ll share it here. So even if you don’t check my Flickr set on a regular basis, you can rest assured that all the really good stuff will end up here.

The interesting thing about this project is that I’m starting to not only look for good pictures in my life, but I’m also starting to compose and plan images in my mind that I then attempt to execute. This image came to me yesterday afternoon when I was thinking about what I wanted to do for a picture. I’m not 100% happy with the result, but am still quite pleased with how it came out.

“Holding the Past” 365-016_Holding the Past

Great Links of Fire!

Auguste points out why those of the reactionary, conservative, and wingnut variety are so terrified of offering a fair and even playing field to the American people.

If you could play Scrabble on your iPhone with friends using Facebook, would you? Or are we reaching a point of digital saturation in our lives?

Way to go Vermont. Keep up the good work. (via Pandagon)

The CNN article states that “Nationwide, the issue of same-sex marriage remains highly divisive.” Giving poll numbers that indicate 53% of American’s are opposed to it. I’d be interested to know what the poll numbers were in Massachusetts and Connecticut before same-sex marriage was legal and after. Is there a shift in people’s perspective after seeing that same-sex marriage hasn’t had a negative impact? I also find it interesting that states in New England, with the history of Puritanism in the region, are leading the nation in doing what is socially right and just.

Academic Earth: a digital archive of educational lectures. Fer makin’ yous more smartter. Seriously though, how awesome is this!

Wow. Just wow. These are the coolest photographs of waves I’ve ever seen. (via BoingBoing)

For iPhone users a super-cheap iPhone stand that fits in a wallet.

I could have told them that! (Not, you know, with any scientific evidence or anything.)

And speaking of the brain . . .

Do you need free stock photography for a project? (via Lifehacker)

Jesse makes a good point.

Good advice (via BoingBoing)

Small Moments

I captured a couple of small moments of joy yesterday. The first was a bird that was hopping around outside my bedroom window:


And the second was the simple aesthetics of my new bedside table that I got from Ikea using the gift certificate I’d gotten when I bought my bed:



Shiny Shiny Links

Really cool photos from an abandoned hospital. Each image is rich with unknown and lost stories. (Via Boing Boing)

Desert Breath is a gorgeous art project created in the Sahara. IO9 covers it here and the artist website is here.

BoingBoing once again has a link to amazing cool awesomeness, this time a promo video for a documentary about a photographer chasing the aurora borealis. I so want to plan a trip to Iceland!

Photos of a “tectonic triple junction.” (Via IO9)

I love images of crumbling buildings and the dying remains of humanity’s industries (probably in part because it means that the industries are silent). The images by Patrick Boland of Cockatoo Island capture the decay and melancholy of abandoned machinery. (Via BoingBoing)

Hungry for more aurora borealis imagery? Check out Astronomy North for more pictures like this (via BoingBoing):

And finally, talk about your steampunk! (via BoingBoing)

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