Since joining the Flickr community a few years ago I have seen other peoples photos that I may have never gotten the chance to see had I not joined. For those of you that don't know what Flickr is it's an online photography community where one can share as many or as few of your photos (with friends and strangers) as you like. You decide. For us photographers it's a way to share ideas and tips and to see photos from around the world. There are literally thousands of groups in this community that one can join. The number is limitless. Right now I'm in 74 groups but it changes as my interests change.
When I look at other members photos I continue to find new groups to explore. These groups also serve as great inspiration to get out there and try new things. I have found two groups that are going to be very challenging yet very rewarding at the same time. I'm going to tell you about one group in this post. The group is called "Strangers". This is so far out of my comfort zone I can't even tell you! The idea is to get out there and ask strangers if you can take their picture. But it's more than just click and run. It's a chance to get to know people that you may not otherwise talk to. So far I've talked to and taken 7 strangers photos; I'm trying to get up to 100. I would especially like to thank the four women I met yesterday at the Williamsburg Antique Mall. They were all very sweet, open and honest with me. This is Ronda (L) and Donna (R):
They are best friends and grew up in Missouri. Donna now lives here in Virginia with her husband who is stationed in Afghanistan for a year. Ronda is here visiting Donna while Donna's husband is away. Ronda shared with me that she has had six back surgeries and was in a wheel chair for four years. They were so much fun to talk to!
Since I'm still new to walking up to strangers and striking up a conversation I don't have a "standard question" yet but I'm working on it. Like I said this is way out of my comfort zone but when my day was done I felt like my day was well spent.
- I started this blog on November 23, 2009 just because I wanted to chronicle my artistic endeavors and see "in black and white" how many different directions my artistic brain would go. I challenged myself to try different mediums and that this blog could be a platform to post my achievements and failures. I cannot believe it's been six years now! Over the past 6 years I've learned a few things from writing this blog:1. Art is in my blood, I will always be thinking or doing something artistic2. About 80% of my work turns out better than the original idea3. I am not a fast artist, I have to start on an idea and then let it sit for a while4. It's OK that my "artsy" brain sometimes goes in 1,000 different directions at onceWith all of this said I now consider myself a mixed media artist because I a lot of my talents cross over into other projects I've already started; It's a great life and I wouldn't change anything about my crazy artistic brain!