The good thing about being an early bird is to being able to walk around the flat when it’s still so quiet outside,
when the light is very Special and therefore my camera is silently begging to be picked up.
The photos are taken at home with a mindful attitude and a thankful heart.
The reason why I love taking photos of my beloved everyday simplicity, the things I refuse to take for granted although they happen to be around me seemingly “all the time” is that I am making sure to have a Little “vacation mindset” during the week.
I do not want to wait for the next ‘real’ vacation to feel happy and grateful, nor do I think that waiting for a vacation of 5 days could release work stress of 5 weeks for example.
If you haven’t done this (in a while) I invite you to take your camera and look around your house:
-take photos of things which have accompanied you for a long time, which have a story to tell (and maybe write down the story for them if you feel inspired to do so)
-take photos of how the morning/noon/afternoon or evening light makes parts of your place so special
-take photos of little treats which can help to press the pause button during your day…. like a cup of tea or coffee you are enjoying
-take photos of things you once purchased or got as a gift, which mean a lot to you, but which sit at the same place for a while already and might be taken for granted a little …
And just as important:
What do you do with your photos?
When do you take time to print them?
Do you want to put them into a Journal or Album?
Do you feel like making a Collage? Craft a postcard to a dear friend with the help of these photos?
Do you feel like posting them in a blog – for example – and possibly inspire others?
Maybe even put them into a Special file to go make a photobook with them at a photostore, as a reminder of lots of things to be happy about?
My experience is that it’s of course very nice and precious to first of all take photos with the mindset I have described in here.
But, you know… these days, yeah, sure, you can take zillions of photos with your digital camera, store them in files and even give them captions and names. If you give These photos a Special “presentation”, honour them with your time and Attention, they might serve you as a reminder of reasons to be happy about “the simple things in life”.