Macro Monday: The Lightbulb
The other day on Twitter I went on a bit of a tear about how I’d gotten away from photography over the last few years. Since the TINY HUMAN was born and with deadlines out the no-no-hole, it’s been tough securing say, an hour or two just to wander in the woods and take random-ass photos. I’m not a professional photog (though I do have a few lucky pro credits to my name, surprisingly), but I find there is intrinsic value in having creative outlets that aren’t writing. Not only does it clear my head from writing and give me a low-pressure mode of expression, but for me photography triggers the visual side of the creative spectrum, which can only (I hope) accentuate the written one. Macro photography in particular is a passion: itty-bitty worlds writ large! A simple waterdrop on top of a shampoo cap can look like a whole other world.
As such, I thought, well, fuck it. I’m gonna get back into it. I’ll make the time. I’ll take the time, rather — I cannot excrete hours from my pores. ONLY THE DREADED CHRONOVORE CAN DO THAT. Plus, I’m upgrading my camera game a little bit. New camera, new photos, a new year.
Every Monday for the foreseeable future, I’ll pop in here and post a macro photo.
Maybe I’ll add commentary sometimes.
Some weeks I probably won’t.
If you want to use the photo for story inspiration, go for it.
If you want to ignore it entirely, I dig that.
But this will be here, I think, as a fixture this year of reminding me to get off my ass and go wander the world a little bit with a camera in my hand. Sometimes I’ll post new photos. Sometimes I’ll dig back through the archives to find some cool ones. You’ll see a lot of macros, I think: waterdrops, fungi, flowers, random shit, foodie shit, and most definitely, bugs.
I won’t post any spider ones directly for you arachnophobes.
But I may offer links to them, like to this little lady right here.
I own all photos. I took them all. Copyright me, goddamnit.
Really, just a waterdrop hanging from a withered nubbin of poison ivy vine.
But to me, it looks like a goddamn lightbulb.
It’s not the greatest photo. Clarity could be tighter. But I like it just the same.
Please to enjoy.