Ok so I’m a little er challenged? at this everyday–life ‘thing’, but
rather than spend another eternity hiding under my duvet (alright, or in my bath..) I began to like the idea of getting inspiration from the things that are right in front of me –
and started taking pictures. Finding ways to make the routined more exciting, has become a sort of personal challenge. Seeing things through a lens has had a sort of kaleidoscopic effect on me, like when you wear a pair of ski goggles, life looks like it’s on a buzz. Sometimes it just takes a different light and those same same fields up by where we live change from ‘Drama’ to ‘Retro’ or ‘Chills’ to ‘Nordic’ and they do that in real life, not in virtual. Pretty awesome. As is Sherlock, my beagle who helped get me out there to begin with. (And who is amusing though quite a challenge to follow on camera.)
Fast forward to my kitchen and I actually find myself looking forward to arranging the peas and mashed potatoes on a plate or peeling asparagus because it makes me think of what it will look like on camera. In fact we’re even saving on burned pots just because instead of running off to the computer to write a poem (well, jotting down ideas anyway), all the while forgetting about the rice or the steamed apples, I can now experiment with my iPhone – which I use as my camera for the time being – and click away merrily without having to leave the cooking unattended.
Plus, one thing leads to another, as it does and there is something remarkably meditative about snapping shots which helps clear my mind and often sparks off the odd idea for a line or a scene in my book or a post for my blog.