observe and record

jill has posted a very good writing exercise and it’s inspired me to write a little something about how i keep my creativity alive…

first, grab your camera…it doesn’t have to be fancy…a $5 camera in a box will do…and everyday, for for five days…take one picture of the following tyeps…portrait…candid…landscape…architectual…still life…one picture a day…so after five days you have taken one portrait, one candid, etc…the order doesn’t matter…repeat this patern for 30 days

the point of the the execise it two fold…first, it slows you down…instead of pointing your camera at any and everything, it makes you aim deliberately, and (hopefully) thoughtfuly…if you only get one shot a day, i bet you won’t waste it…

second, it sharpens your observational skills…it narrows down your focus…and it widens your scope…one day youre taking a picture of one of your favorite buildings…the next day youre arranging pocket change…shit like that…

every good writer starts with two basic skills…observe…and record…

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