a hunt for treasure

My mission this week was to pick my favorite photo from all of the images up in my house. I decided to make this into a real project about seeing, to be visually mindful of my surroundings.

“One of the advantages of being disorganized is that one is always having surprising discoveries.”
― A.A. Milne

Here are the rules for this game: Go into a room, and look around, look at every image that can be seen without touching anything. This includes refridgerator magnets, magazine covers, Food photos on packages… really any image that started out as a photograph. Photographs of paintings do not count. And I have to like the image because I like the image, I can’t pick the photo of bacon from the bacon package because I like bacon unless that photo is right up there with bacon porn. No moving the magazines in a stack to see if I like the one underneath, This project is going to take a long time as it is. One exception, no intrusions into the kid’s rooms. Even if it has been years since the kid actually lived at home. An assignment is not worth losing their trust.

This took a surprising amount of time. I’m trying to learn mindfulness. I love looking at family photos, so it no surprise that one would be a clear winner. Here it is, a photo of my son Bennett from when he was about 9 months old. He’s almost 24 years old now, this is not a very good photo of the photo, maybe tomorrow I’ll see if it comes out of the frame. Part of the reason that I like it is that it is 10 x 8″, an old siver-based print. The photo is much larger than his head at the time, closer to the size of his adult head. I love the look on his face, everything delighted him then.

Bennett Banks

Bennett at 9 months, ready for the next adventure


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