My professional work usually has an intention behind it – a subject, a destination, a story to tell. A couple of years ago I was walking around my neighborhood with my son when I noticed a banana peel splayed out on the sidewalk. I took a photo of it and a few minutes later I took some more photos of some cracks on the sidewalk and some shadows on a wall. Before I knew it I was seeing pictures everywhere I went, so I started to capture them with my iPhone or a point and shoot I began carrying with me on my walks, my bike rides or my daily errands around town.
I was intrigued by the amazing array of patterns and small shapes that we walk past every day without notice, some of it so small it might normally be hard to see, other things just blend in as we chatter in our brains and pay no mind to our surroundings.
I photographed walls, dumpsters, signage, textures and any intriguing subject I saw. It became an exercise on observation. I called it my Mindful of Photos project as it was both a practice of mindfulness and I was certainly developing and mind full of a lot of photos. This selection represents a variety of these images, many taken on my block or nearby, others taken on trips or ventures a bit farther.