I'm a little bummed. I have three vastly different websites that are about to launch, and I wanted to share them all with you. However, it does not look like I will have copy in time for them to launch this week. Because of this, I've been looking for another topic on which to blog. Nothing was coming to mind (as is often the case when one is in a lull.) So, I started to search for some inspiration and I got distracted with all of the places I go for inspiration. Then it hit me: I should share my oases of inspiration with you!
I once read a book whose author proposed that every college graduate should be required to take a photography class. The thrust of the idea was that photography forces you to see things differently. It forces you to pay attention to light and the angles that we see everyday but never notice. I can't for the life of me remember the author's name or even the book, but that concept has stuck with me. What I want to add though is that photography may not make you see things differently, but it will make you look at them longer. We live in a terribly un-contemplative world. Our world never slows down and never notices what's going on around it ... let alone thinks about it.
My four year old son and I recently took our usual trip to the Flint RiverQuarium. However, we did something unusual this time. We took our cameras. My wife is a terrific photographer, but I usually don't take pictures. Honestly, the plan was for my son to take pictures, but he was having so much fun I honestly couldn't control myself and had to bring out the iPhone to join in. We had the best time we've ever had there. If you're interested, here are some of the pictures below.