When I first started on Swap-bot about 5 or 6 years ago, I mostly joined knitting or sewing swaps and an occasional state magnet swap. Over the last 5 months or so since meeting Sugar I’ve been participating almost exclusively in photography related swaps. He has rekindled my love for photography in a way I didn’t expect, I thought I just loved taking a picture now and then for fun. But I’ve discovered that’s it’s much more than that. I realized I wanted to have a way to remember the events in my life, whether it be people, places or things. Whether it’s a big deal or just some simplicity of life. Essentially, I want to create memories.
Sugar and I spent a lot of time together a couple of months ago participating in the Out Of The Box Alphabet Challenge Swap, weeks, in fact. Talk about a way to get to know each other, those were some wonderful dates that have become fond memories for me and hopefully, for him as well.
Each time he took a picture during that swap I would pay attention to what he was photographing and why he chose that subject. Since then I have found myself paying more attention to the world around me, and discovering what I feel would be appropriate photography subjects as well as great ways to capture memories.
How about these ideas? Before meeting Sugar, I don’t think I would have found these subjects very interesting but now I do.
- Brick walls in an alleyway
- The underside of flowers and super close-up shots of the middle of flowers
- Stair railings and stairs
- Fence posts
- Bugs in the grass
- Wine bottle labels
- Motorcycle parts
- Railroad tracks
- Old bridges
- My toes peeking out of the bubbles in a bubble bath
- Bus stop ads
- Mossy trees
- The bottom of Stella’s paws
- The American Flag
- My face reflected in the back of his motorcycle helmet
Currently, I’m in a swap called “I Spy With My Camera – August”. We need five pictures to satisfy the swap in the categories listed below, interpretation is up the participant but the host has provided a reason for requesting these subjects.
- Motorcycle – The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is held the first full week in August each year
- The Number 8 – August is the 8th month
- Beer – International Beer Day is August 5th
- Something Green – The birthstone for August is peridot, which is green
- Something That Begins With The Letter A – August begins with A
I’ve taken all of the pictures and have them ready except for the letter A (they’re at the end of this post) and I need to mail this package out tomorrow. I told this to Sugar at lunch today and he came up with Agriculture for the letter A. Brilliant!
But how will we get this picture of ‘Agriculture’? Why, by taking a motorcycle ride this evening south of the cities to a rural area he saw on his morning motorcycle ride, of course. He said he there was a beautiful spot with rolling fields that he passed and wished he’d had his camera to get a picture of it.
So we’re both going to get something out of this. I can fulfill the last requirement of my swap; he can get a picture of the area that caught his eye. But most importantly, together we’re creating yet another memory that will remain forever in my heart.