The Canon Snappy LX film camera was L’s favorite toy when he was the little one’s age. A basic point and shot, the plastic camera had a glass lens, flash, and a shutter button. Aim and click. During those years, I spent more time working in the upstairs office where L had a play area outfitted with his favorite blocks, cars, and camera. He followed me with that Canon, lens pressed to his eye, and snap photos of me. Though the batteries were dead and the film inside halfway exposed, I still reacted to a camera being in front of me. He went through a phase where he carried it with him everywhere so it became a game between the two of us of who photographed whom. At one point, we replaced the batteries and he shot the rest of the film. We stashed the film in a safe place but forgotten place. One day it would be unexpectedly be found like an unearthed time capsule. Since then, the little one found the camera in a toy box upstairs and began to tote it around as a camera phone.
I’m giving this yearlong project a spin. Undoubtedly, I will fall and pick up again. Knowing this makes it easier. Still, I plan to show up to record a short photo and story of my day. You’re welcome to join me. I’d love it really. We can give each other high fives and geek out with a hashtag (#ayearofus), not because everyone is doing it, but because we’re doing it, together. Showing up every damn day to make this creative habit real.