Today, I’m participating in a photography project through ADAY.org. The challenge?
Together we will photograph what our lives look like on May 15th 2012. Our goal is to inspire perspectives on humankind – today and tomorrow.
That’s quite an ambitious goal, and a very exciting one, too.
Exciting. As I sit half-way through the day, I’m reminded of a scene in Chicken Run. The plump Babs has not laid any eggs since she was so busy learning how to fly (um, you better go watch the movie. No time to explain here.) Fearing that she is about to be snatched up and butchered by the farmer’s wife, she faints. Upon arousing from her near-death experience she proclaims, “Me whole life flashed before me eyes.” After pausing to reflect she adds, “It was really boring.”
That’s how I’m feeling at the moment. My life is really boring. The sky was beautiful when I walked the dog this morning. But it wasn’t until I was already outside with him that I remembered today was the day to take pictures. I was equally camera-less when I got Philip ready for school.
My commute to work was rather dull. Yesterday, I passed a half-dozen Amish buggies and had to stop for a school bus. Not today.
It’s finals week at the college where I work, so there weren’t swarms of students on campus when I was out during my lunch break. I didn’t have any projects for my lunch break other than a trip to the mail box. Snooze.
Maybe boring isn’t a bad thing. My day didn’t start all that early. I’m sure there are people out there with jobs that force them to be up before the sun or to just be getting off of work as I am stumbling out of bed. For once, Philip stayed asleep all night, so I actually slept through the night in my nice warm bed.
I have other advantages over others. I was able to take a shower before going to work. I had breakfast and enough food to pack a lunch. I have a job, so I don’t have to worry (as much) about my income. I drove to work, not having to rely on public transportation or even my own two feet.
Yeah, boring isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
During my afternoon break, the excitement on campus picked up. By the time I took a walk, students were gathered in the large lawn area outside of the library. Someone had set up inflatable bounce houses so the students could bust stress during study breaks. That made for some interesting photo ops.
By this point in the afternoon, I could also look forward to leaving work. I don’t hate my job, but who doesn’t perk up at the thought of going home?
I ended up taking over one hundred pictures today. I’ve decided I’m going to upload them to Facebook and let my friends help me choose the ten that I will upload to aday.org.
I’m glad I participated in the project. Rather than just going through the motions of a normal, “boring” day, I thought about what I was doing and how it might be different from other participants. More importantly, I was forced to think about people who don’t have a digital camera, a computer, internet access and the time to take pictures of their day.
A day-just enough time to stop and think.
I uploaded my 10 photos to the site. Here is the link to my participant profile: http://www.aday.org/profile/5794.