Project 365 // 8-18

You know those weird and oddly adorable photos you keep stashed in your phone? Mine are making a public appearance.

Capturing moments and becoming a better photographer has several layers involved, as most art does. Taking a great shot that looks crisp with a DSLR is definitely part of that, but so is spontaneity and observation. These are crucial components of creativity that must be flexed just as much (if not more) than technique. You can be a great photographer, but if you’re not trained to be observant of that juicy inspiration looming throughout the day, you’re missing out. I was thinking about this when planning the next batch to share, and it dawned on me that I have myriad of photos captured from the heart on my phone.

These pictures, which we all have, were never meant to see the light of day. Perhaps they’d be shared in a text message thread among friends, once in a blue moon with my boyfriend if I happened to look back at my photos fondly, or maybe they’d be deleted once iphone comes out with its next miracle device.

I didn’t want to seal these quirky photos with such a fate and sacrifice the thoughts I had when taking the time to dig into my purse in scolding weather because the moment in front of me had to be captured. Every shot has personality and a little story, like each of our random cell phone photos that may or may not have made it to the light of social media. Today, we’re gettin’ a little weird and I hope you’re cool with that.

One Way: Key West in a shot

One Way: Key West in a shot

This random sign, which I took a photo hesitantly of at the cusp of ongoing traffic, is Key West. It's a weird town whose spirit is definitely the opposite of “one way”, and yes, hanging a picture frame of the sky on this sign is appropriate.

Happy Birthday Edith: I hope at 90 I have a rose-themed Key West party too

Happy Birthday Edith: I hope at 90 I have a rose-themed Key West party too

Edith and the fake birthday party we threw for her in our minds melted my heart. It may have been the buzz we had going, but when we decided to take a detour off Duval Street and explore Caroline Street, we stopped in front of this pre-party scene. We didn't know Edith, but we wanted to. Can't you see it? The cutest little wrinkly woman wearing pink, obviously, clutching her pearls surrounded by her dearest relatives and grandchildren? We saw it and it made us feel warm and fuzzy inside. Detours, man. Always take them.

99 Leagues Under the Sea meets pimp my ride: Key West ballin'

99 Leagues Under the Sea meets pimp my ride: Key West ballin'

No greater love than the enduring tender love… of one drunken friend for another. 

No greater love than the enduring tender love… of one drunken friend for another. 

Amen. As we jammed to the live music and sipped our 4th beer of the day, this photo was texted to a few of my besties. Each response painted a very clear picture: everyone smiled and chuckled a little when they saw it. We’ve all been drunk in love, haven’t we? We’re friends and can admit this freely. I am a lover when I drink, the Casanova of the buzzed. 

WICKED COFFEE, GOOD VIBES AND A HANDSOME COCK.

You read all that correctly. This coffee shop has sass. If java, Elizabeth Taylor’s garage sale and the 70’s made love, this would be their baby.

Fun fact: the roosters are protected by local law, so tourists seen bothering the critters can be fined. They didn’t bother us, we slipped right past them with our wicked good coffee.

HOLLA FOR A DOLLA.

Willie T’s is the only place that would hand a staple gun and a sharpie to a drunk person, and I respect that no one has done something stupid enough to stop that tradition.

So long vacation, we’ll see you soon.

So long vacation, we’ll see you soon.