Monthly Archives: October 2009
earlier this week, betsy premiered her project FOAM and i was instantly inspired. you can read more about it on her blog, but basically she’s making the effort every day to take 4 photos that fall into the FOAM categories (food, outside, abstract and myself). i think it’s an awesome idea as sometimes i need that inspiration. sure, i have my camera with me everywhere i go, but that often results in a sort of haphazard clump of shots. she’s aiming to do this for 50 days, which i’m down with, though i can already admit that i probably won’t be able to post one every day. but hey, i like a challenge. thanks, betsy, for inspiring me (in so many ways).
i was going through my picasa albums a minute ago and landed on this one. i love this picture so much, for obvious reasons, but as i kept looking at it, i was struck with the thought of: holy crap a lot has changed in a year. and what’s even scarier, is that there are still two months left!
this was taken basically a year ago to the date and at my first glance, the biggest changes were how different the boys look. luke doesn’t have braces yet (but certainly has enough hair to make up for it), ben still has baby face (which, when did that disappear??), andrew has old glasses and what’s up with my double chin? but what is truly amazing is that since that picture was taken, other than my hair color, i can’t think of anything that is the same. since that time last year, i lost a job, gained a job, bought a car, moved out of chicago (for now), i lost pertinent family members, regained a friendship, acquired a new camera (thank god) and started this blog. i think that subconsciously the main reason i started this blog was because in the midst of all the craziness that was happening, i wanted to chronicle it. i’m glad i started it because until i really sit back and think about it, and thus make my head spin like a turntable, i don’t realize everything that’s happened to me. i’m sure this will be a source of laughter 20 years down the road when i can look back and say, “wow, you lost your job, lost the city you love and moved back to a town you once couldn’t wait to leave. 2009 sucked!” however, it’s the good things, like the above moment and all the rest of my pictures, that show me why things happen to begin with. life always trumps what you think should happen.
photo by amy breedlove
“of all our inventions for mass communication, pictures still speak the most universally understood language.”
photo by amy breedlove
no, i’m not referring to my love of everything pumpkin (beer, candy, various baked goods, etc…), i’m talking about carved pumpkins. my friend luke had been wanting to carve pumpkins for the past two weeks, so on monday night i finally obliged. he provided pumpkins, i provided (pumpkin) brews. luke had already carved 2 on his own, one of which took 2 hours, and i must say, i was highly impressed. i forgot how much fun it is to carve pumpkins, but my favorite part is still scooping out all the ‘guts.’
note: i’m aware my pictures are over exposed (or whatever) but i don’t care. you try holding a camera still for long exposure speeds.
this past week i found myself on top of the word, for a couple of reasons. one of them was finding myself literally on top of the world. by that i mean on top of indiana. and by that, i mean on top of the (2nd) highest point in indiana at the pete dye golf course. i have been fortunate enough to have made it past the gates a couple of times since it opened this summer, but it’s always been for a work function where whipping out my camera might be classless frowned upon. last week i went again, but this time for the sole purpose of taking fall images of the course. it truly is a spectacular sight, especially in the morning, which was when i went. for a ridiculous chunk small price, this view could be yours (for a few hours, anyway).
“What do you expect from a place where men wear sandals?”