The photos for the last two weeks of the year are the obvious culprits.
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You’ve already seen them, so this post brings you nothing new visually. But stick with me just a moment.
I’ve started working on a photo-slash-word book of this project for the boys. For myself. I didn’t know what to expect when I started out 52 weeks ago. I thought I’d take pictures of the boys and end up with some cute photos at the end. And I did. I scored some great shots over the year, ones that sit in frames atop the bookshelf in the living room and smile back at me from frames on the family photo wall. The visual aspect of watching them grow over the year is kind of awesome, and that reason alone makes the whole project worthwhile in my opinion.
What I didn’t expect to happen over the course of the project: The words that slowly came to accompany each photo. At first, I simply reiterated what the boys were doing in the photo or whined about how hard it was to get a good shot with low light and bad winter weather and so on. Not very interesting, not very to the point of the project.
Somewhere along the way, something more than words and descriptions began to accompany the photos. Instead of telling about the process of the photo-snapping, I began to tell stories. They weren’t necessarily the story that accompanied the photo of the week, but the stories belonged, they fit the project. The stories are as important as the photos; they always are.
The project of making this series into a book for the boys shifted gears from just a photo book to a book that allows more space for words, for the stories that nudged their way into this little project that evolved into something I didn’t quite expect. I’m most likely using a Blurb book, though I haven’t yet committed to a format or service just yet. I just know that I need to print out this year’s photos and stories for the two little boys that inspire me to be a better wife, mom, and person every day.
I have committed to continuing this series in 2014. I look forward to watching the boys grow visually throughout the next year under the scope of my lens — and writing and sharing the stories of that growth. I know it pushes me to grow right along with them each week, each step of the way.