Thursday, July 23, 2015

#THE100DAYPROJECT


"Ultimately, your theme will find you. You don't have to go looking for it."
                                                                                                                 ~ Richard Russo
I love this quote by Richard Russo, and it is so true. On Tuesday, July 14 I finished an amazing project, #the100dayproject. It was a project that began on Monday, April 6 on Instagram, hosted by @ellaluna and @greatdiscontent. The premise of the project was this: 1) Choose an Action - Like creating a recipe, taking a photo, drawing your dreams. 2) Starting April 6th repeat this action every day up to and including July 14, share all 100 days on Instagram. 3) Tag your posts with #the100dayproject, so we can follow your project. I almost missed the boat on this project, but thanks to some wonderful friends on IG, I jumped on board just in the nick of time. Since I decided on April 6 to do this project, I hadn't really thought through what I was doing to do for my 100 day project. But like the quote says "Ultimately, your theme will find you."

I initially thought I was going to do a 100 days of paths, but it became clear very quickly that I was not going to find a path every day to photograph. Then I really looked at the photos I had shot and immediately saw my project #100daysofleadinglines. 

 I have so many favorites from this project, but I will share just a few with you, if you want to see them all, and you are on Instagram, you can type in the hashtag above and it will have all 100 days of my project.


One of the best things is looking back at all the places I have been in the last 100 days. This was taken in the back alleyway of the winery at the Biltmore Estate. The Biltmore Estate has been on my bucket list forever, so I was thrilled that I was finally able to go there on our vacation to the Great Smoky Mountains.


Some are filled with sentimental moments, like this one of the empty chairs before the graduates filled them at Northern Michigan University. What a proud mother moment watching our beautiful girl graduate from college, and this project helped me to document something I might not have otherwise.


Another favorite moment documented, the view from our master suite loft in our cabin in the Smoky Mountains, we would definitely would stay here again.


This project taught me a great deal, but mostly it showed me how much I love photography.


Leading lines are forever in my blood now, and I will continue posting leading lines shots on Instagram at #beyond100daysofleadinglines. Although, I am happy to take a little break from looking for them every day.


For now, I am patiently waiting for my next project to find me.

20 comments:

  1. Leading lines are always impactful. I really like yours!

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  2. Wow, so great photos. I have to get into Instagram. Looks like you stayed in a wonderful place in the Smoky Mountains and the Estates look great also. Any gardens there? Maybe you should start a new hashtag leading lines.

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  3. Wonderful! A terrific collection displaying the power of leading lines. Nice action application as well. Biltmore has been on my bucket list too. I hope I get to realize it someday.

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  4. and self portraits - you have done an amazing job at elevating the standard for selfies. Have loved following your series and I'm with Ahayes - you should start a new hashtag #leadinglines. :)

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  5. A wonderful series I have so enjoyed looking out for the lines !!

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  6. Sarah, I am so proud for you that you completed this project! What an accomplishment - 100 days! You have learned much beyond leading lines . . the joy that comes with picture-taking and the recognition of moments that do not always seem significant but yet truly are once viewed through the lens. Your images are varied and really do tell the story of your adventures - what a life! I only recently joined instagram and I'll look for you there!

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  7. Congratulations on completing the challenge you gave yourself. I just looked at your project on Instagram. I'm very impressed that you found such great leading lines every day - some of them quite surprising. That's a composition element I never consciously think of. I can see that I should!

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  8. I enjoyed watching your photos on IG. Were they all taken on your iPhone?
    See you soon in Chi-town!

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  9. What an awesome challenge. Your photos are very impactful and beautfiul. So happy to hear when other people are passionate about their pursuits.

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  10. Congratulations on completing your project! You've captured such beautiful lines! I love the way ideas "find" us just when we need them!

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  11. A really cool idea for a project. It's amazing how much you find when you look for something every day...

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  12. Wow beautiful captures! I have to agree, I love the way ideas "find" us :-)

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  13. Congratulations on completing your interesting project. I'm behind with mine but not given up!!

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  14. What an amazing set of photos in your project. I'm not on Instagram but would love to see more of your project. These were just wonderful.

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  15. I have no doubt that your next project will find you rather soon. You seem to love projects and this 100 days project with your leading lines is lovely...so many ways to see the leading line...perhaps now, I'll even see a few...such lovely work.

    Thanks for your visit Sarah...I appreciate your comment.

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  16. Beautiful, stunning, inviting photography . . .
    Love seeing you finding your "best pace to be."
    Camera in place . . .

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  17. Beautiful, inspiring, you draw the viewer in. You also inspire by starting and finishing projects!

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  18. What a cool project and stunning photos! I really need to check out Instagram - one of these days....

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  19. I think you chose a great theme, Sarah, and I really love what you did with it.
    Surely not an easy project, and you did it beautifully.

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  20. What a great project this was and love your photos in it. Also what a great learning experience this was. Stuff you will never forget

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