This is the very first picture I took in 2013.
Seeing the ball drop always brings to mind resolutions and this year is no different. In May of 2011, when I got my first iPhone, I resolved to post an Instragram on my FB page every single day. I had stopped paying attention to the world around me and wanted to force myself to start “seeing” again. With very few exceptions I’ve fulfilled that resolution and the vast majority of those images were taken on the very day they shot. My resolve to do that didn’t occur at the start of a New Year but I have remained faithful to it.
Perhaps a resolve is easier to stay with when it isn’t attached to January 1st.
Too much pressure there.
That said, I’m still starting out the year with resolutions in mind. Once again they involve photography. I’m already a week late with the first one but finding another weekly photo challenge and sticking with it is my first resolve. I was enjoying the challenge I was participating in last year but it changed moderators, which changed its “personality,” causing me to lose motivation. Even though the challenge each week is to take pictures relating to a theme, for me it’s also is a way to blog more consistently. So….even though I’m a week late with the first post….resolve #1 is starting today with this interpretation, or at least my thoughts on, RESOLVE.
Resolve # 2 also concerns photography, more specifically, the managing of digital images. Digital photography has brought me back into the world of images and, despite coming into it slowly, I’m completely smitten. Although I occasionally get nostalgic for darkrooms and canisters of film, for the most part, I’ve not looked back. But…. it’s made me very prolific! I spent the entire first week of January sorting, printing, downloading onto Snapfish, burning images onto discs and then finally deleting the 7129 images that I had taken since July.
FYI, it takes about 15 minutes for an Apple to empty the trash in iPhoto when you put that many pictures in your bin.
So….resolve #2…..organize my digital photo life on the last day of every month.
Now I just need to see if resolutions made on January 1st CAN be carried out for the entire year!