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iphone_1028773"Ellie"  Sewanee, TN. January 2014

What does it mean to be intentional? Within the first few days of the semester, I had heard some form of the phrase "be intentional" at least five separate times. So I decided this semester, this year, would be one of intention. Thus far, the idea has fit in nicely with both of my classes I have attended- Animals and Religion and Documentary Photo. My largest task will to be act with intention, whether I am photographing, with my friends, with my horse, or in school. Intention. To me, it seems to be a mind set through which one is able to see one's surroundings, acknowledge, and act accordingly while maintaining integrity of self.

Yesterday I realized how hard it is for me to photograph my horse because of how routine my days with her are. I sat in her stall with her and my camera and watched. I watched her move around and the way the light from her window made her coat appear different colors and textures. I took a photograph.

It's interesting how intention can shift the way we see someone or something. The simple act of acknowledging a subject and the surroundings, being aware, can differentiate between what is seen and what can be seen through photographing intentionally.


I have never photographed much when I travel back home for holidays, but something about this past Christmas vacation haunted me enough to make me photograph. This photograph haunted me the most. For the past 22 years, I have driven past these cell phone towers or have noticed their red lights in the night sky every day I am home. They are one of my earliest memories. Do we feel most attached to the things we know we are on the verge of losing? I have never been more aware of my surroundings at home in Indiana than I was during those three weeks.