In one week, I’m participating in Ali Edwards’ Week in the Life project. It’s my first time joining in, and I’m pretty excited about this random documentation project.
Back in July, I took photos for a day in the life. It’s not for any reason other than I love taking photos and I adore lifestyle photos. You know, the ones that aren’t taken on vacation or at a birthday party or, really, of any specific subject matter.
It’s all those in between moments.
Those are my favorite photos. So that’s reason I am playing along for Week in the Life. It is a challenge to just be in the moment and snapping photos along week long.
I was coming up with design plans and ideas for creating a mini book or a scrapbook out of all the photos. I ended up driving myself a little crazy with all my ideas and all the options I tried to fit in.
And when I took a step back and thought about what I really want to get out of this, I decided to simplify. That should be the name of the game for me for a while… I almost never think about simplifying, and then it hits me: it’s exactly what I need. Not more stuff, not more ideas. Just working in a small space or with one set decision. Just getting it done.
That’s how I came up with my plan for documenting.
I’m going to take photos all day long, every day for seven days. This might not mean a lot of photos every day, but it should mean lots of the random everyday moments I was just talking about. Lots of different angles and moments and meals and small pieces of life.
I’ll use my awesome Sony RX100 III and my brand new iPhone 6. I don’t know if I’ll use my DSLR. It makes me even more excited about the new phone (if that’s even possible) since I like to be stealthy with photos at work and it could be awkward to take out even the little point and shoot.
I want to share my photos and some short thoughts on the blog each day. That’s definitely saying something, since I obviously do not post here every day. But I’m interesting in sharing these upcoming seven days. I want to see how the project plays out.
Then, I want to add these photos into my Project Life album. I’ll use some smaller insert pages, and I’d like to have one page for each day. It’s the best plan I came up with, after hours (I’m sure literally) spent in Photoshop Elements working out those design plans. This restricts me to just focusing on the photos and maybe some other small embellishments. It gets me back into the idea of documenting instead of dwelling on the other details. But I think the end result will also be awesome. And with it in my album for the year, it will be right there with all the other hundreds of “lifestyle photographs” I’ve taken through 2014.
So that’s the plan! If you’ve never heard of Week in the Life, you should think about playing along… in whatever capacity that means. Week in the Life would even be fun on Instagram. And if you haven’t heard of Ali, check her out. Her blog is straight inspiration for me.