Simple is a word I love. I love its simplicity (ha!) and I love its meaning. There seems to be a tendency to look down on simple and that bugs me. Simple is great. A simple life, simple pleasures, simple gestures. It seems to me some people often mistake simple with basic and therefore fail to enjoy the simple things.
enjoying Portuguese vinho verde (green wine) in Bristol. the joys of a little bit of home away.
All this talk about simple and my love of it, was to be a simple introduction to the These Moments project I'm involved with before it grew a life of its own; you know what it is like with words, don't you? So let's move on smoothly to These Moments, shall we? Nobody noticed the little detour…
Awhile ago, I came across the These Moments Flickr group. I joined it and shared a few photos and found myself really enjoying the simplicity of everyday life. As the name suggests, the group is about capturing moments. When you're doing it daily, you really become aware of the simple things that are made special by the fact you've noticed them. This made me somehow happier, being aware of all these simple things around me that could be so beautiful if only I saw them, rather than just seeing through them.
Eventually I contacted Kate, the founder of the project to be involved with curating for the blog and she said yes. This is proving a great experience for me. It is more work than I originally thought it would be, mainly because I had never done anything of the sort, and in fairness I don't do that much, but oh my do I *LOVE* it! I see amazing moments every day, I discover new photographers and bloggers regularly, I pick my brains trying to look at photos differently to select themes every other week, and most of all, I get to chat with a wonderful lady on a regular basis, Kate.
Kate has a vision for the project and she's slowly building that vision. Her photos illustrate the lives of so many of us in great colours; the good, the bad, and the ugly (yet it still looks cool!) She brought a new feature to the blog where contributors to the Flickr group can share their experiences and talk about their photography. She created a challenge group on Flickr which is really taking off. She plans giveaways and brainstorms on how to improve the project. And one day we will have a self-hosted These Moments project website.