| Written by Ronnie |
I've been thinking a lot about the community here at LIFE:CAPTURED Inc. In particular, I've been trying to work out what it is that I can give back to all of you amazing people who have supported us from day one. A few weeks ago, in our community forum, Amanda brought up the idea of starting a photo challenge to help us all to take more interesting photos of everyday life. Today, as I sat down to try brainstorming some photography prompts, I realised my heart wasn't completely in it. It took me a long while to work out what was wrong. Photography prompts is not me. It feels strange to say that (and, in fact, I'm not sure that it's even a grammatically correct sentence) but I think what I mean is this: I don't believe that I'll add much value to the online community by coming up with a list of photography prompts because there are plenty of other people who do that already and who do it well. (The lovely Chantelle is one example, and up until recently, Mary Beth was another.) Instead, it dawned on me that I need to play to my 'strengths' and remain true to the things that define me as a story teller and memory keeper.
As you all know, I'm a big believer in preserving our stories with both images and words. From big stories to little stories, from stories of heartache to stories that recount the most ordinary of moments, I believe in preserving them all. This is, essentially, what I've set out to do for myself with The Shoemaker's Daughter.
I know, however, that finding the time to write is hard enough. What's often even harder is knowing what to write when you do actually sit down to do it.
Which brings me to my little idea.
The LIFE:CAPTURED Project. (Or #lifecapturedproject if you're into hashtags.)
Every month, I shall write and share a list of journaling prompts here on the blog in the form of a printable. These will be prompts that I would personally use for myself. You can then download it, print it out, and stick it up on your wall or keep it in your journal. Use it to help you write your stories down. To capture and preserve what's true and important to you. (I may even design some journaling cards to go with the prompts.)
The journaling prompts will also double as photography prompts because while we all know that images can bring forth words, I also believe the opposite to be true: words can inspire images. To be able to turn your emotions and your memories into imagery - that is surely art in one of its purest, most powerful forms.
And of course, to encourage each other along, you can then share your words and your images on Instagram (if you want to). I'll also start a thread on our forum.
What do you guys think? Would you take part?