Weekly Photo Challenge: Time

Time: a precious commodity, one that there is never enough of…unless you are waiting for something, and then it slows to a crawl!

Time has been on my mind all week.  We started with the time change from daylights savings time to standard time.  It should feel like a treat as we have the opportunity to “fall back” and gain the hour that we gave up in the spring.  But with the time change comes early dark, with the setting sun before 5pm each day.

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And along with early dark comes more opportunities to notice the wonders of the night sky…even while doing errands like running to Trader Joe’s for groceries.

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Or walking out the door in the afternoon and noticing the sun dipping below the palms in the distance (and playing with some apps to magnify the effect).

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This is also the time of year when time seems to get swallowed up…by assessments and report card writing and parent/student/teacher conference after conference.  And inevitably, I get sick.  Add to it the elections and the divisive politics–the outcome makes me feel voiceless.  Predictably, being sick at this time results in laryngitis.  I’m sure there is a message there from my body!

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The weather is also confused and decided to take a turn back to summer. With coastal temps in the 80s and 90s,it sure doesn’t feel like Thanksgiving and the winter holidays are right around the corner!  There was this stray leaf on the sidewalk…reminding me of the time of the year in spite of the heat!

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I’m glad I also took some time to play and headed to LA for the Veteran’s Day holiday to spend time with my son, daughter-in-law, and grandson. A trip to the LACMA (Los Angeles County Museum of Art) was just what the doctor ordered!  I love these fluorescent lights as art…

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And even though I haven’t seen a single one of Guillermo del Toro movies, I enjoyed the exhibit of his creative processes and monsters that were larger than life.  A great way to spend time away from work and politics.

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So, consider the way(s) time is being played out in your life this week. How are you spending your time?  Is time flying or crawling?  How will you represent the elusiveness of time in a photo (or a series of photos)?

You can post your photo alone or along with some words: commentary, a story, a poem…maybe even a song! I love to study the photographs that others’ take and think about how I can use a technique, an angle, or their inspiration to try something new in my own photography. (I love a great mentor text…or mentor photo, in this case!) I share my photography and writing on social media. You can find me on Instagram and Twitter using @kd0602. If you share your photos and writing on social media too, please let me know so I can follow and see what you are doing. To help our Weekly Photo community find each other, use the hashtag #time for this week and include @nwpianthology in your post.

How will you represent time this week?  Will you take a literal approach and photograph clocks (now I’m starting to want to create a collection of clock photos!) or show time in other ways?  Grab your camera…I can’t wait to see time through your lens!

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