I saw a blurb about this project on January 1, 2014. Gratitude is pretty trendy right now, but when fully experienced, it can’t be denied that miraculous transformations are possible. In early 2008 Hailey Bartholomew, a photographer and film-maker, a wife and mother of two from Australia, embarked on a year-long commitment of taking one Polaroid a day, its subject something she felt grateful for. It began as a visual journal, intended to fight the depression she was feeling, but the impact on her life turned out to be far more significant than she could have imagined.
“The discipline of having to look for the good things that happened every day changed her life in so many ways. Hailey found not only her marriage, spiritual life and health improved, but this project accidentally, wondrously spread and affected the lives of many others.” Check it out here.
2014 feels like a big year, for me and for a lot of people I love. We’re on the verge of big transitions and living in a whole new way. When I saw this project, I thought, “Why NOT? I can do this. If I start today, in one year I’ll have 365 photos that not only chronicle the abundance I enjoy daily, but hone in on what’s really important, giving me a powerful collage to frame my perspective. While my photography is certainly amateur, the value is in the process and I envision my focus shifting as the days and weeks go by; seeing things in a new light, or maybe seeing things I never noticed before. Thank you for allowing me to share it with you; yet another thing to be grateful for.
So, one picture a day from my phone; the sacredness of the ordinary. For a whole year. Let’s see what happens.