Recent­ly I took out The Book of Awe­some from the library. It had me chuck­ling to myself many times when I read it on the sub­way. That in itself is pret­ty awe­some.

And so like many peo­ple who’ve read the book or the blog of 1000 Awe­some Things, I’ve start­ed to men­tal­ly doc­u­ment every­day awe­some things.

Like, fresh­ly opened ice cream! When its sur­face is all smooth and creamy. I know that the ice cream will be soft and easy to scoop out and fresh tast­ing. And it’s so short-lived. After a week of open­ing, ice crys­tals will start to form and the ice cream will be all hard and even gooey in spots.

But for now, we’ll savour the moment. And snap a pho­to.

I’m known to be the one who takes pho­tos. Some­times I get com­ments like, oh here’s Trish with her cam­era again.

I admire peo­ple who can just live the moment and savour the expe­ri­ence and the mem­o­ry of that is sat­is­fy­ing enough. I, on the oth­er hand, feel com­pelled to take a pic­ture when I see some­thing new or inter­est­ing (and new or inter­est­ing to me could mean a patch of light on the wall as the sun sets, or the shad­ow of my house plant with a strange shape that I’ve nev­er noticed before). What­ev­er it is, I feel the need to cap­ture and con­vey the essence of what I see and expe­ri­ence.

I’m by no means a pho­tog­ra­pher. I was nev­er trained in pho­tog­ra­phy (high school pho­tog­ra­phy class doesn’t real­ly count; plus, I didn’t do so well in it), and I only know how to use a point and shoot. But it’s still excit­ing.

Today I was read­ing this inter­view with Moby who is going to release a pho­tog­ra­phy book with his new CD. Some­thing he said real­ly res­onat­ed with me. Made me feel like I’m not the only one who feels this way, like I’m not crazy (or may­be Moby is crazy, so then I’m not the only crazy one. I can live with that).

My uncle when I was grow­ing up and some of my oth­er friends who are doc­u­men­tary film­mak­ers instilled in me this idea that what­ev­er envi­ron­ment you live in it’s prob­a­bly worth doc­u­ment­ing even if you don’t see that, like things that seem nor­mal to you in your envi­ron­ment to some­one else can seem very inter­est­ing and strange and so I want­ed to doc­u­ment that strange­ness…

… music and visu­al art for me is all the pro­duct on one hand of liv­ing in this strange and beau­ti­ful world and on the oth­er hand try­ing to rep­re­sent the strange­ness and the beau­ty and the world just keeps get­ting stranger and more beau­ti­ful. I feel com­pelled to make art that on one hand reflects and some­times almost cre­ate like a sense of com­fort when con­front­ed with the strange­ness of the world. 

That’s the most awe­some thing I’ve read this week, and it’s only Tues­day! Imag­ine how many more awe­some things we’re going to encoun­ter for the remain­ing 5 days of the week!

Take care, friends :D

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4 thoughts on “awesomeness

  1. Thanks for your post, trish! I love every­thing mun­dane things and I find lit­tle things just as excit­ing as big­ger things..your pho­tographs are that I have my very own point-n-shoot, i’m going to start doc­u­ment­ing more! May­be one day I will update my ‘blog’ every­day..=) Moby’s also awe­some.

  2. Beau­ti­ful pho­tos! I am the per­son who always for­gets to take pic­tures of every­thing and then lat­er wish that I had. Keep it up!

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