Inspiration is everywhere.


Did you know that Polaroid is going to stop making film? Check out Photojojo's article: Ten Ways To Love Polaroid Before The Film Runs Out.

I love this idea for modern monthly photos.

Leo at Zen Habits created a really nice list about living simply: 12 Essential Rules To Live More Like A Zen Monk (I am currently working on #1: doing one thing at a time).

I am really enjoying the writing of Brene Brown on her blog Ordinary Courage.

Check out Unphotographable from photographer Michael David Murphy. I am interested in this concept of documenting through words the photos that are/were missed (essentially, capturing life through words). According to his "why" page: "Unphotographable is a
catalog of exceptional mistakes.  Photos never taken that
weren't meant to be forgotten. Opportunities missed. Simple failures. Occasions when I wished I'd taken the picture, or not forgotten the
camera, or had been brave enough to click the shutter."
This, to me, is really seeing. You can listen to him talk about this project here.

19 thoughts

  1. Tracey

    2008-03-20 05:58:30 -0400

    "Unphotographable" - what a concept.
    Capturing in words what you
    couldn't on camera...LOVE THAT!!!
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. jen pebbles

    2008-03-20 06:15:59 -0400

    Unphotographable is so moving, amazing, thank you for sharing with us!

  3. yvonne

    2008-03-20 06:34:55 -0400

    Thanks for the heads up. I have a daylab transfer system that uses polaroid. I'm on now ordering more film using my latest $20 off coupon! Gotta love it.
    Sad that it's come to this.
    With regards to Unphotographable...I've done a few pages about times in our lives that have no photos and they are among my favorite pages!

  4. lisa truesdell

    2008-03-20 06:52:57 -0400

    love the "unphotographable" concept - and his word pictures. wow. he manages to capture the essence of the moment without the image. i've actually been thinking about uncaptured photos lately - my littlest has a smile that he *only* smiles when he's nursing, and only at me. i know i'll never get a picture of it (and part of me doesn't want to, i don't want to share it!!) but i do want to remember it forever.

  5. Jana

    2008-03-20 07:56:12 -0400

    Sadly, have several unphotographical my daughter's first birthday party---when the roll of film went out w/the wrapping paper...& garbage came the next morning before I realized the film was missing! Cool website.

  6. Nicky Anderson

    2008-03-20 08:04:32 -0400

    Thanks for sharing Ali.
    Hope you have an amazing Easter holiday. Enjoy celebrating your Grandmom's life, enjoy your holiday with your boys, and all the preparation for your Art Fest.
    I will share my Celebrate Life book - it is about 90% done and I will email you the link when it is done. I am so excited.

  7. melissa deakin

    2008-03-20 08:10:40 -0400

    fabulous links, as always.
    i still think Polaroid is going to rethink their decision...the outrage in blogdom has to mean something.
    Happy Easter!

  8. stephanie

    2008-03-20 12:27:49 -0400

    i heard this, although shocked, i'm okay cause you can create the iconic look of the polaroid instant photos with digi programs nowadays.

  9. melanie

    2008-03-20 13:12:55 -0400

    I already knew about polaroid, but prompted by your post I discovered the fuji Instax cameras, and I'm in love!
    I also finally blogged my unphoto I took years ago :)

  10. robyns

    2008-03-20 13:40:59 -0400

    You may enjoy this video on this website.
    There is a link to below the video.

  11. Heather V

    2008-03-20 14:24:01 -0400

    I am really bummed about Polariod! I got mine out of the back of the closet and I am setting up to do something with it while I can. I even might have to put some film in a safe place to use when we have little ones....everyone should have a few polaroids of them as a kid! I have soooo many pictures of me and my siblings from our childhood on polariods! They definetly bring back some good memories.

  12. Melissa Duffy

    2008-03-20 15:14:24 -0400

    Can relate instantly to the first zen principle. I'm always trying to do so many things at once. Trying to tick as many things off the list as possible. Finally chose my word for the year last week - COMPLETE - means various things on different levels. Related this whole #1 concept!! Thanks for the heads up, Ali.

  13. Angela Magnuson

    2008-03-20 16:49:01 -0400

    What!? No more polaroid? Are they CRAZY? Love following your blog, this is my first post over here! Thanks for all the information and inspiration! Have a HAPPY EASTER!

  14. Susanne

    2008-03-21 00:35:14 -0400

    Unphotographable absolutely inspires me! Thanks for the link, Ali!

  15. Juli

    2008-03-21 06:44:36 -0400
  16. kelly lown

    2008-03-21 17:44:01 -0400

    I so loved my little Joy Cam. Sad to say goodbye to film.

  17. Michael David Murphy

    2008-03-22 01:45:26 -0400

    Thanks much for the link to unphotographable. It's been a labor of love over the years, and it's always great to have new readers. Cheers.

  18. Theresa

    2008-04-04 19:59:51 -0400

    Thank you for always sharing such cool ideas & information.
    Theresa Schmidt

  19. Marsha

    2008-04-06 01:42:41 -0400

    Unphotographable in unforgettable. His word pictures are so sparky, so vivid, so alive that one doesn't even mind there's no picture there to tell the story. The words tell the story enough.

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