I have had cameras and photos on my mind lately.
Last month, I reminded everyone of the Photo Project of a year ago, in which we all challenged and encouraged ourselves and each other to be in front of the camera (not just behind it) over the holidays. Did you do it? Are you in any photos? And then the next question is, did you share those photos — on your blog, on Facebook, or elsewhere?
That last part is the truly hard thing to do. For the first year or two I blogged and was on Facebook, I didn’t post any photos of myself. Instead, I used a photo of a Picasso painting as my avatar, which I thought was clever, but really was just a big clue as to my own personal body image issues back then. Sad, I know.
I’ve been better in the past couple of years about getting myself into photos and then sharing them. In fact, now when we go on vacation, I insist that I get into photos every. single. day. That’s a huge improvement over other vacation albums, where I might appear once or twice over the course of several hundred photos. In fact, the girls now get a little tired of me asking them to pose for photos with me when we travel. I don’t care if they are camera weary; I’m the mom and it’s my prerogative to annoy them, right?
In another photographic matter, I’ve been trying to organize my photos in recent months — moving them from my computer to an external hard drive and also an online photo storage site. I’ve also been scanning old photos and creating albums for the past years. Yes, I’ve gotten rather behind on all this. I take so many photos so often that it gets to be a bit overwhelming at times. How do you organize yours?
My biggest photo project lately is the Eleanor Project. My friend Terry and I were inspired by this to create a website dedicated to capturing the beauty of the women around us. We believe that all women are beautiful, regardless of age, race, size, shape, or anything else. We’re rejecting the idealized and homogenized standards being put forth by Hollywood and glossy magazines and showing that there’s beauty in everyone.
Finally, I don’t know if you’ve seen this or not, but it’s probably the best thing I’ve seen recently: How to Make a Baby. Trust me on this one. It’s adorable and funny.
So that’s what I have on my mind today. Tell me: What have you done with photos lately?