#330daysofbiking Day 98: quotidian
quotidian |kwōˈtidēən|adjective [ attrib. ]1. Of or occurring every day; daily.
Note to self: it is probably not the best idea to undertake a 365-photo project (ShutterCal) and #330daysofbiking project at the same time…
It’s not that I don’t love the daily activity; I love the riding, I love shooting pictures. But I have to admit that I tend to drive my family crazy with all of this. Sometimes it’s the stopping for photos while riding, making them wait for me – other times it’s the time I spend at the computer, editing, posting, blogging, tweeting, yadda, yadda. Yet somehow they always want to see the pictures, or want copies to update their Facebook status (LOL!). I’ve been told that at least some of them will be glad to see this/these projects come to an end.
I guess I haven’t yet mentioned to them my fascination with the work of Jamie Livingston…? (hah!)
My friends Stan and Jenn, my photo gurus & mentors, recently posted about 365-projects and Jamie Livingston – an incredible guy who took a polaroid picture each day – for eighteen years! An incredibly moving collection of photos, every day snapshots covering his life from college, his marriage, and so sadly – to his last day on earth, when he died of cancer at age 41. That last polaroid is in the collection on the website; I have to admit it was very hard to look at. As Stan said, he left an incredible legacy … recorded one day at a time.
I don’t look at this riding project or my ShutterCal calendar as anything that exceptional or resembling a legacy project; I just enjoy documenting it, and I think the documenting part “keeps me honest”. And while I hope to be riding for at least another 18 years, and will likely always carry a camera, I cannot ever fathom doing such an epic project like Jamie did (don’t worry Mark!). Mostly, I enjoy the bicycle and cycling conversations with friends – and the photo conversations with my ShutterCal pals. I have learned so much from so many; it’s all about the sharing. I definitely receive more than I give.
So today was a road ride on my own … I usually don’t have to worry about driving myself crazy by stopping so often. 😉
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great shots! Thanks for posting the Livingston link.
And thank you – I think he was an amazing person. 🙂
Beautiful photography! Just beautiful. Beautiful site as well. Very well done! I ride a Bacchetta Giro 20 recumbent and like to take pics as well. There seems to be a connection between cyclists and photographers! Both great pass times. What camera/lenses do you shoot with?
Thank you for the kind comments; I have a Canon 7D, but also shoot alot of the bike pics with my Lumix p&s (DMC ZS1). Someday I would love to try riding a recumbent … and agree with you about cyclists/photographers (we have so much to see out there, don’t we?) 🙂
Enjoyed this writeup and the link to Jamie Livingston. AND your shuttercal project is so cool!
Thanks Mary … I think Jamie Livingston was amazing. Give ShutterCal a try – lots of fun!
That photo of your pond is especially beautiful – looks like a postcard!
It’s funny that you mentioned driving your family crazy since I decided to document my commute for my blog yesterday and was thinking that my husband would have been ready to kill me if he’d been along 🙂 However, I’m the same way when we go on trips and am continually stopping and waiting for him to take a photo – haha!
Thanks for the link of Jamie Livingston’s photos – it’s such a great documentation of his life, however very sad at the same time.
Aw thanks … sometimes the reflections on the pond are so nice late in the day. Sounds like we are in the same boat (or bike), with the blog stuff, LOL! Glad you looked at Jamie Livingston’s work; so moving. Happy riding!
If you don’t mind, I’d like to place a link to your blog on mine in order to keep up with it better 🙂 I’ve enjoyed browsing through all your posts!
Thanks Traci – I will gladly do the same 🙂 I really like your blog as well, and didn’t realize you are only a couple hours away from me. Neato!