I have been trying to take more pictures with my ‘fancy’ camera, something that fell by the wayside in the last year. It’s amazing the quality, I always forget how much better it is with my camera versus my Samsung. Which isn’t to say the Samsung isn’t great-it really is-but nothing beats a Nikon DSLR. So I’ve been carrying it around more, and started to take pictures of things I want to remember.
Like how I visit my dad everyday for lunch (we teach at the same school) and get to see why the kids love his class so much more than mine. It’s because they are building robots (and because he is great). I don’t blame them.
Or the paintings I’ve been working on. I’ve been trying to do more watercolor, since it’s one of my weakest areas. I’ve been improving, but have a long way to go. Right now I’m working on a series about dreams and nature.
I also still love taking pictures of my knitting. There is something so magnetic to me about the stitch definition of good knitting, the way the fabric lays, and vibrant colors. The care taken to make such utilitarian products that will be loved and used and probably at some point lost…
I’ve been trying to be better about taking pictures in my classroom, too. I love stumbling upon old photos of my students and their work, especially since this is my third year at my school with the same students, so I get to see their progress over the years. It’s so much fun. It’s also honestly rewarding to see their growth, to know I helped cultivate that.