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Thursday, January 19, 2017

The "Boy, This Is Going To Be A Fun Assignment" Story

It was an ordinary day.  My wife was sitting a few feet from me in her lounge chair when she said to me, "You know a Renee Heller?  She wants you to join some photographic group."  Renee was a photography student of mine years ago when I taught high school.  Two years ago, while preparing to take photos of a school musical for the Landis Run Intermediate School yearbook, for which I am advisor (actually the only person on the staff), I noticed a female parent also taking photos.  The equipment I was using was much below that of the parent so I wandered over to see what she was using.  
Facebook photo of Renee.
As I got closer she said, "Mr. Woods?"  Instantly I remembered Renee.  She still had the same face I remembered from years ago.  We talked and I found she had a child at the school and had volunteered to take photos of the musical they were about to present in a few days.  She told me she and her husband had a professional photography business.  Wasn't long before we were friends on Facebook.  My only problem was that I don't know much about Facebook, since my wife is the Facebook pro who participates in the site, but uses my face for her Facebook photo.  Well, today Renee sent a request for all her Facebook friends to participate in a project with her.  Note said:


Who wants to do a 365 photo project with me?  I'm starting a group and we'll all have say in what we're photographing!  You don't need to be a photographer!  You can take photos with your camera or phone!  

Sounded pretty neat so I sent a note back telling her to count me in.  Shortly I got a note on Facebook which read:

Welcome to Snap. Journal. This group is basically motivation to take a closer look at the world around us each day. So every day, we'll post a 'cue'. Take it as you'd like and snap a photo based on it :) Then, post your photo on the thread where the cue was announced for the rest of the group to see! This is NOT a photo competition! There's no winner, and we're not posting in hopes of great accolades! This is about sharing moments and stories with each other :) All levels of photography are welcome, you may use a DSLR or a phone! Feel free to also post your photo on your Facebook or Instagram with the hashtag #snapjournal.
PS - Don't quit if you miss some days! Life happens :) Do as little or as much as you'd like!

Along with the note came the words for the week.  Starting today!!  Wow!  Just snapped a photo of what I am currently typing into this story.  
Fits perfectly into 'WHERE I STAND'.  'SEEING RED" is tomorrow.  Will be a fun assignment.  I'll save some and share them with you some time.  Now, all I have to do is talk my wife into helping me put the photo on Facebook, since I have no idea how to do that.  It was another extraordinary day in the life of an ordinary guy. 

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