Week 12: American Dreamer

So, a couple things before the pictures.

This year I’m trying out a weekly dispatch format on the blog instead of the daily post. When I made that decision, it mostly had to do with respecting the inbox load of the many people who get an email EVERY TIME I post.

Interestingly, though, the weekly dispatch has shaped the blog differently.

I still go out and shoot pretty randomly every day (as I always have). But, when it comes time to select images and put the post together, I find myself looking for a theme or common thread. Sometimes it’s more abstract than others. Other times it just isn’t there.

At first, I resisted this curatorial urge. I wanted to choose the best photo for that day without considering the relationships between images.

Now, though, I’m enjoying what the process reveals. From visual themes to sub-conscious thought streams, I never know whether or how the images might make sense together.

78/365: road trip


The quintessential vision of freedom and the good life. A big old car and the open road.

79/365: in living color


We always have the power to speak, to create, and to reinvent ourselves (individually and collectively).

80/365: reinvention

online_buckle up

It’s a rocky ride sometimes. Hang on. Don’t quit. Change the message when necessary.

81/365: broad stripes & bright stars


We are a young country. Growth spurts can be ugly. Awkward. Evan painful. Everything is temporary. I have to believe that our true spirit will eventually shine through.

82/365: self portrait (sunshine & rain)


I stepped outside just as the raindrops started falling, only to discover Zola’s big, cheerful chalk drawings on the sidewalk. I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day, for sure.

83/365: white picket fence


Battered, not broken.

84/365: seeds of tomorrow


From Thoreau: I have great faith in a seed. Convince me that you have a seed there, and I am prepared to expect wonders. 

One thought on “Week 12: American Dreamer

  1. Hi Terra,

    I just had to write and tell you I *so* love your work. I love the way you not only *capture* images but how you *convey them. *Daily or weekly, the images delivered to my inbox feel like a gift. Thank you for sharing your vision and your talent. Keep ’em coming!

    Gratefully, Molly

    *Molly Bachman RYT, OYI* Director, Development molly@mindbodysolutions.org http://www.mindbodysolutions.org 651.402.2037

    *Mind Body Solutions transforms the lives of people living with trauma, loss and disability – and those who care for them – by helping integrate mind and body.* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7In7sw7YY4&feature=youtu.be

    On Mon, Apr 10, 2017 at 1:47 PM, avant garden 365 wrote:

    > Terra Rathai posted: “So, a couple things before the pictures. This year > I’m trying out a weekly dispatch format on the blog instead of the daily > post. When I made that decision, it mostly had to do with respecting > the inbox load of the many people who get an email EVERY TIME” >

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