In the last month, I’ve taken over 300 photos of my neighborhood in Queens and around the New York City, and posted them on Istagram, which is a Twitter-type app on the iPhone for photography. Â I’ve also greatly enjoyed seeing the photos of other bloggers also using this iPhone app. Â Instagram is an interesting place to visit, a mixure of professionals and amateurs from around the world, all putting up random photos of their lives in an never-ending stream.
I rarely take photos, even on vacations, but during the last month of photo-taking, I’ve learned some interesting tidbits about myself, the creative act, and YOU, the viewer. Â Maybe I’ll talk about these insights during my next post. Â This exercise has been a lot of fun, even a little sexy. Â Life is interesting, and colorful, so why not capture it in images?
Writing is a different animal. Â Words frequently fail me when I try to recreate the real world on the blank page. Â I hide behind the words. Â But the real world loves the camera. Â It doesn’t play games. Â It begs for our attention, like a spoiled movie star in a low cut dress crying, “Take my photo!”
I suggest you take some photos this weekend, throw some filters on top of them, and publish them on your blog. Â Visual art energizes a different part of the brain.
I don’t know how much longer I will be running around town taking photos, or whether LA will inspire me in the same way, if I end up returning there. Â I like that there is a little story behind each photograph, even when the subject is the most ordinary. Â Especially when the subject is the most ordinary. Â That makes it even more intriguing. Â It’s an important lesson to remember for writing. Â The other photos are on Flickr.