I haven't made any official resolutions this year (yet), or even picked a word to define what 2016's theme will be for me. It's not a given that I even will. But in conversations and in my journal, the word "accountability" keeps coming up. I decided that in an effort to not only pick up my camera more and live up to my intention of telling visual stories, I would take on some personal projects to really make me walk the talk this year.
One of the projects in which I'm taking part is a 10 on 10 with a group of talented photographers. We shoot 10 photos in one day, post them on the 10th of the month, then link to each other so we can see and be inspired by what stories are being told elsewhere.
In a lovely example of serendipity, an online friend came to San Francisco earlier this week and we met (in real life) for coffee and an honest-to-goodness old fashioned photo walk. It's one of the best ways I know to break the ice when meeting someone new. I loved meeting Cara Monaco of Tumbleweed in Eden. She is a film shooter who completely wows me with her work. We have known one another (online) since the early days when Flickr was all the rage and before Instagram filled the gap of community and photography so many of us craved. We walked and talked for a couple of hours in the Mission neighborhood, starting off with coffee and then a stroll down (and around) Valencia Street to Clarion Alley, which is always full of color and photographic goodness.
The rain luckily held off until the moment we hugged and said good-bye. A new friend, with the bonus of photos from my camera and my iPhone to remember the day. Color me happy.