"Chaos in the world brings uneasiness,
but it also allows the opportunity for creativity and growth."

~ Tom Barrett ~

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Today I challenged myself. I haven't had "me" time with my camera in quite awhile and I feel like it's showing.

I feel like my mad photo skillz are slowly going down the drain.

I feel like my mad creativity skillz are slowly dying.

The only way to revive them...is to get out there and do something.

The challenge I gave myself: pick a spot, don't move, and only shoot what's there.

I went to the side of my house, laid down on the sidewalk, and shot what was in front of me. It's pretty incredible all the little details that are sitting in plain sight. It's also oddly fascinating how my neighborhood can be completely still one moment. But lay down on the ground? Suddenly, everyone comes out of the woodwork.

"What's she doing?"

"Is she OK?"

"That girl is cuh-ray-zee."

I could tell by their stares that's exactly what they were thinking. It's a good thing I wasn't dying 'cause no one was coming to my aid. Anyway, this was a fun exercise and it made me feel like I did something, like I was a taking a step to regain my creativity. Try it yourself - I'd love to see what you come up with.

Tasha // Redwall Photo said... @ March 6, 2010 at 10:12 PM

Ha, funny... I was laying on the ground today to get some pictures too. It wasn't in the best part of town... someone came up and thought I might have been shot. It seems that no one came to your rescue because you just picked too nice of an area to lay down in. :)

Good little task though, and you got some really fun shots out of it (I love the one with the bokeh'ed house in the background).

And keep doing this! I like when you use your camera! :)

Erin Ashley Photography said... @ March 7, 2010 at 9:21 AM

Ha! That or they're used to seeing me lay outside on the ground. "There she goes again...!"

Film or digital? Can't wait to see what you took. Thanks for encouraging me to get back out there :-)

Tasha // Redwall Photo said... @ March 8, 2010 at 4:18 PM

I was shooting film... I just got a Pentacon Six, so I was running a test roll through it. I'm excited for the pictures!

And I could definitely see how your neighbors would be used to your wacky ways...I saw your leopard print Snuggie tweet ;)

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