Week 18: Imperfect | 2017 Project 52

I took a day trip on Saturday with my mom to visit my brother who lives in Jasper, Indiana. What is usually a quick hour and half drive down I-64 turned into messy adventure. The region had received so much rain Friday night that roads were flooded, including the interstate. So we hopped off at Tell City, headed north and plugged the address into the GPS. (Thank you, technology, for being amazing.) But once we hit the junction to head to Jasper, that road was flooded too. We ended up getting back on the interstate going west, taking the next exit and driving through a completely different town to get to our destination.

We did eventually arrive. Safely. And getting home was much easier. But if I wasn’t driving, I would have taken so many pictures of that situation!

It’s not safe to photog and drive though.

What the extra drive time did offer was more one-on-one with my mom. We talked about everything and eventually ended up talking about relationships on our [thankfully] uneventful ride home. And it made me start to think about internal imperfections… what makes me me… what makes my relationships what they are… how we all fit together.

Settings: f/8.0, 1/200 sec, 70mm, ISO 3200
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8

A perfect marriage is just two imperfect people who refuse to give up on each other.

We’re human. We make mistakes. We have habits that drive the other nuts. We piss each other off. We embarrass one another occasionally. We work long hours which can spawn short fuses. We disagree. We are not perfect. Far from it.

But on the other side of that same coin…

We support one another in several ways. We lend an ear and offer advice. We provide comfort. We cheer each other on. We stand side-by-side everyday and honor a promise we made to each other. And while every day is not perfect and some days even feel like tests, I love Mike Murphy with all my heart. He is my partner, my other half, my northern star, and later this month we’ll be celebrating 13 years of marriage.

And these are our rings that are about to turn 13 years old. Ancient Greeks believed that circles were the perfect shape, but these rings have become worn, scratched, discolored, but remain on our fourth finger everyday to remind us of the commitment we made to one another.

Marriage is not all puppies and rainbows, people. You both have to put in time and effort; even in the relationships that look easy, those couples work for it. People change over time, we learn along the way, find new things to share… the journey itself is what makes it worth while.


Week 19: Day-to-Day
due 05.10.17

We all live day-by-day and while it may not be fascinating to us, we all do something different that sets us apart. It could be our job, a certain routine we practice, habits we’ve adopted (good and bad), roles that we fall into, chores that need to be done… whatever it is, it’s something that happens almost everyday in your life. The trick is taking something that feels mundane to us and photographing it in a way that makes it interesting to other people.

Keep your cameras close by this week, or even use your phone camera in case an idea strikes as you go about your day. It might sound easy to just snap a photo or two of your routine, but you may be surprised how often you second guess yourself. Or how often you have a-ha moments!

Bonus Challenge: Whatever day-to-day thing you’ve decided to photograph, consider your composition before you press the shutter button. Take five images of the same object/scene, but move around to get different perspectives and framing. Definitely share your favorite image with the Flickr group, but I also encourage to create a mosaic of all five pictures and submit it to the group too!

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Wendipants - Brooke, everything about this is spot on. My aunt and uncle are celebrating their 50th anniversary this month and I’ve been thinking about the work that went into that achievement…it’s no small task but the love outweighs the imperfection.