London, ON, September 2010
About this photo: We're kicking off our newest Thematic Photographic theme, night*. What's Thematic Photographic? Simply put, it's our weekly, absolutely non-competitive photo sharing activity. To participate, post a similarly-themed pic over on your blog or site, then leave a comment here to let folks know where to find it. Visit other participants to share in the goodness, and repeat the process as often as you wish. We also won't complain if you invite someone new to the picture party, too, as this is definitely a more-folks-is-better activity. More details available here, otherwise have fun with the theme!The scene: I'm walking the dog on a cool late summer evening. He's his usual frenetic self, following his snorting nose from one tree to another, catching up on all the neighborhood doggie news as only he can. As we turn for home, I see the moon rising just above the horizon. I can almost touch it and feel the craters with my fingertips. I've never been much of an astro-specialist when it comes to photography, but I decide if I'm ever going to try, now's the time. So I encourage Frasier to skip to it so I can grab my camera and give it a go.
I won't be displaying the results at the university's next astronomy convention, but I'm still pleased I was able to bring something home that reminded me of that particular experience. Life moves so blindingly fast sometimes that I find myself struggling with sign-posting everyday moments along the way. Using the camera helps me ensure these moments don't dissolve into a sea of forgettable sameness.
This photo is one of those attempts to leave a stake in the ground. I hope it works.
Your turn: Does it? Do you use your camera to remember the everyday? How?
About the theme: There are no real rules when it comes to choosing photos to go along with a given theme. If it moves you and it's either closely or even remotely connected, toss it in and see what happens. Thematic Photographic is about expanding our optical horizons and having a bit of collaborative fun along the way. It isn't rigid, it isn't judgmental, and it isn't limited in any way. So if you took it at night, think it reminds you of the night, seems a little dark in terms of visuals or tone, or whatever, hit the publish button and see what happens. We can't wait to see what you come up with.