London, ON, September 2008 [Click to embiggen]
This week's Thematic Photographic theme, grounded, deals with something that we literally touch almost constantly, yet hardly ever give a second thought. It's often a dirty, unkempt place. We don't dare get close to it because everyone around us seems to find that odd. Don't believe me? Next time you're in a public place, sit on the floor. Then look at the faces around you for a reaction. I do it all the time, just because.
So for the coming week, I hope you'll take a moment - or many moments, because we encourage multiple participants - to get down and view the world below our feet. Point the lens down, put the camera down and point it up...whatever comes to mind. As you think about what you'd like to shoot, please keep in mind that the goal isn't necessarily a literal picture of the ground. Rather, I hope you'll continue to freely interpret the theme. What does "grounded" bring to mind?
Why do I do this? Because photography should be about going outside what you've already done, to seeing the world around us from a slightly - or not-so-slightly - different perspective. If you get to cover some new ground along the way and share it with others, then Thematic Photographic has achieved its goal.
Your turn: If you're a TP vet, you know what to do. If you're joining us in progress, here's the quicklist of instructions:
- Every Wednesday evening, I post a new Thematic Photographic entry.
- Each entry has a unique theme. This week's is...grounded.
- You post a similarly themed image over on your blog.
- You paste a link to your entry in a comment here.
- If you've already posted something that fits (on a blog, Facebook, MySpace, wherever) simply post the link to the existing entry.
- You may post as many photos or links as you wish. For the next week, I'll be supporting this theme with a related picture/posting each day. I encourage you to do the same. This is all about sharing, so feel free to share to your heart's content!
- Please share this link with friends, too, and encourage them to join in. The more, the merrier.
One more thing: If you live in London, I'm scheduled to be on the 'A' Morning show on our local 'A' television station (formerly A Channel, formerly The New PL, etc.) Here's the Web site. Host Cheryl Weedmark will be interviewing me Friday morning at about 7:15. Topic: saving money on your cell phone rate plan.