Inspired by SDAWP Voices


I have faithfully participated in the SDAWP Photo Voices project since it’s inception on New Year’s Day. In fact, I don’t think I have missed a post since we began on January 1, 2013. I am pretty sure that this daily ritual has become a bit of an obsession, but I’m okay with that because the process has sparked my creativity in unexpected ways.

As I found myself looking for inspiration for today’s word, I stopped my car and walked the 561 feet of a mural painted along the back walls of adjacent businesses in downtown Vista. I have driven past the mural almost every single day for more than ten years, but I have never gotten out of my car to take a close look.

Today I stopped and really looked at it. I noticed the marching band, the dancing avocados, the donkeys, and the children with balloons. I noticed the colors and the fine details. I noticed the clouds in the sky, the smiles on the people’s faces, and so much more. I have now truly seen the mural for the first time. But that’s just one example of what SDAWP Photo Voices has helped me to see. I look forward to all the discoveries to come.

The inspirational mentor for this month is Pablo Picasso, who once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.”  SDAWP Photo Voices has helped me rediscover that artist child within me.

That child is within you too. You certainly don’t have to become obsessed like I am. Simply choose one word from next week’s list, and try posting just once. Then try a different word the following week. You don’t have to post every day or even every week. But give it a try. Let SDAWP Photo Voices help you discover a new way of seeing. I can’t wait to find out what the photo-a-day project inspires in you.

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