Today I had a feeling of accomplishment as I posted my photo for Day 365 of 2017. This year I took at least one photo (usually many more) each day. I chose one (at least) to post on Facebook in response to a prompt from http://captureyour365.com/. Here's the post from last January where I announced in a rather half-baked way what I intended to do.
The fact is that this was a difficult year. It was a difficult year for my family, and it was a difficult year for the world. But when I look at the folder marked "CY365," I see blessings. I see beautiful moments. Some of the photos I don't like at all; in all of them I see flaws. But I see evidence that there was so much to thank God for, every day of this year.
And here, for December 31st, is a vegetable stand on the Jacmel road selling joumou for tomorrow's soup.
I don't know if I'll do this forever, but for 2018, I'm going to keep posting a daily photo. I started this as a way to be rooted in my everyday life, here on this beautiful island where God has placed me. I liked the results; I liked starting my day by sharing my life with others. To be honest, I liked best when others enjoyed the photo, too; my children accused me of "living for likes." But some of the ones I liked best were ones that didn't get much response, and that was OK too.
Here are some more of the photos I took and liked this year.
Here are a couple of articles from CY365 that I thought did an especially good job of capturing the experience I had this year: What it Means to be an Everyday Photographer and Shedding Light on Your 2017 Capture Your 365 Project. I don't consider myself to be a "real photographer," though I did learn many new things about photography this year. But I do consider myself to be someone who is looking around for beautiful moments and trying to record them, every day. I'm looking forward to capturing another 365 days.
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