A month of remembering

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I’ve been running community photo projects for quite a while now and I love each of them for different reasons. The August Break started it all in 2010 and I love how it gives me permission to slow down in August and enjoy taking photos just for the sheer pleasure of looking and seeing. April Love is my newest baby and for the last two years it’s been filling my heart to overflowing, both from the tender sharing in the commmunity and the generosity of the invited contributors (whose words have been gathered into ebooks in the Inspiration Library if you’d like to download them).

But if I had to pick a favourite I would choose December Reflections. There’s something extra cosy about the community that gathers around this one. Perhaps it’s because we’re all in that end-of-year headspace and feeling reflective. The holiday season can often feel overwhelming so DR gives us a chance to weave some mindfulness and calm into our days in the run up to 2017.

The idea behind December Reflections is simple: you take a photograph (and share it if you wish) every day in December while reflecting back over the year. I’ve provided a list of daily prompts with a mix of things to photograph — for example: light, circles, “on the table” — and things to ponder. The “ponder prompts” are an extra invitation to pause for a moment and consider some of your favourite bits of 2016. Share your treasured photos from the year alongside your thoughts. Dig further into the prompts privately in your journal. You may feel moved to create paintings or doodles, collages or poems. December Reflections started as a photo project but feel free to take it in any direction that calls to you!

 

A Month of Remembering with December Reflections | SusannahConway.com

 

There are several ways we can gather together as a community:

1. Share your photos on Instagram using the #DecemberReflections2016 hashtag

2. Add your photos to the December Reflections 2016 Facebook group

3. Add your blog to our blog roll on this page so we can all find new blogs to read

We officially start on December 1st but feel free to join in at any time! You can use any camera to take your photos. You could shoot every day or every other day or just on weekends. You can share your photos or simply enjoy taking them without sharing. You can follow along with the prompts or just do your own thing. You can do the prompts that appeal to you and ignore the rest.

Anything goes, loves! Enjoy! xo

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A year in photos: the first half

A year in photos: the first half | SusannahConway.com

 

After spending nearly six months shooting Londontown last year, this year I’ve barely picked up my camera. Pretty much all photos snapped in 2015 were taken with my iPhone. I’m not too bothered by this because I know my creativity ebbs and flows between my two loves (photography and writing) but it does underline how home-based I’ve been this year. The older I get the less I want to run around. Looking through my photos for these posts I notice my favourites are from specific days out with my family or friends — that B&W selfie below is one of probably only three or four I shot this year. I’m just less interested in the outside — I know what I look like. I accept the good and the “bad” and I’d really rather contemplate my inside reflection. That’s so much more interesting to me these days…

 

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The August Break is back!

The August Break is back! | SusannahConway.com

It’s that time of year again! Back in August 2010 I realised I needed a break from blogging so decided to only post photos on my blog that month. I don’t remember if I kept this up, but I invited my readers to join in and just like that, the yearly August Break was born.

This is a community project that has no real rules –  the idea is to simply take a photograph every day for the whole of August. That’s it. Pause, look around you and shoot what you see. Live inside each moment. Pay attention to what’s there. If it’s the summer where you are it’s a lovely way to be present to the moments that will be gone before you know it. If it’s the winter, what better way to liven up your day than with a creative project to play with? :)

You can use any camera. You could shoot every day or every other day or just on weekends. You can share your photos or just enjoy taking them without sharing. You can start and not finish. You can join in at the end.

Anything goes, loves!

The August Break is back! | SusannahConway.com

Once again I’ve created a list of photo prompts you can follow – or not, anything goes, remember? —  you could even use them as daily writing prompts with or without photos.

This year we can share our photos and gather as a community in several places: Instagram with the hashtag #augustbreak2015, Facebook and Flickr. Plus we have a blog roll so we can find new blogs to visit — head over to the main August Break page to add your blog.

Here’s to a beautiful month of mindful pleasures! xo