Since under-employment and no overseas assignment have left her with fewer responsibilities than she’s had in the past three decades, my partner Sara, a humanitarian aid worker, rightly acknowledges that she has had more time on her hands this year. It’s amazing what you have time to do when not responding to international, natural disasters.
Sara also reminds me that she refuses to be bored—that she’s adopted her mother’s belief that “only boring people find themselves bored.”
Not wanting to be seen as anything less than interesting, Sara’s sought new ways to create excitement in her life, adopting a “Photo-a-Day Project” that she’s hoped would image our lives in the coming year.
Sara insists that she is not a great photographer, perhaps not even a good one:
I believe, as a trained architect, I have a good eye and sense of design, but my lack of patience, photographic knowledge, and steady hands sometimes undermine the quality of my finished product. Despite this, I aspire to create visually, and photography affords me an outlet for this creative need.
Sara’s asked me to remind readers that, earlier this year, I introduced her project here on my blog, even incorporating a few of her photos from time to time, despite the limits of our creative partnership:
This collaboration has been limited and not as easy as we had thought. Kathy spends hours upon hours working on her writing. She challenges herself with each word, description, and meaning, while I basically take my aim-and-shoot device and do just that, producing a fragmented, disjointed collection of photos.
She’s right that my desire to impose a narrative structure on her photographic efforts has not always been successful. It’s true that we’ve subsequently struggled to share her photo journal in this format.
It’s also accurate that creative collaborations aren’t easy, especially when the parties attempting to collaborate are life partners. Probably, I should not have insisted on narrative links between Sara’s photos in any given post. My need to control and maintain my blog’s sense of creative cohesiveness interfered with my ability to incorporate Sara’s photos in a meaningful way. Sometimes I attempt to bite off more creatively than these artistic chops know how to actually get my mouth around. Gosh, I wish I didn’t have such a ravenous appetite for control. When will I ever learn?
At any rate, Sara’s asked me to pass along the following message about her project:
I’ve taken a photo every day since January 1st and collected them in a computer folder, hoping I could compose something interesting from them at the end of the year. Fortunately, a few former colleagues have introduced me to a website designed specifically to accommodate folks who want to publish one photo a day! This site, blipfoto.com, sets up the exact parameters I’ve needed.
So, last week I became an official “blipper”—a photo-a-day blogger, of sorts. My photo publishing started March 22nd at “QueSeraSara”—a blip journal I’m calling “Today’s Whatever.” Since I could not backtrack on dates, my photos begin on the day I registered at the site. If you’d like to see my photos, please click here . Subscriptions are possible via RSS, or by email, if you do a free registration with BlipFoto.
Below Sara and I would like to share a few of her favorite photos taken before she set up her BlipFoto site, specifically ones I’ve not published in previous posts. We hope you enjoy this sneak peek at what “Today’s Whatever” would have been, had it been able to incorporate photos taken before the launch date.
Have you ever attempted a creative collaboration? How well did it work? What kinds of challenges did you face?
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