#lookforthelight: september

  My latest shots:  still a lot to learn.  If you'd like to follow my progress, I'm   heychookooloonks   on Instagram .

My latest shots:  still a lot to learn.  If you'd like to follow my progress, I'm heychookooloonks on Instagram.

Happy Friday, light seekers!

A confession:  when I decided to do the #lookforthelight camera phone/table-phone community (you can read more about it here), my reasons weren't altogether altruistic.  Of course, I hoped that participating photographers would be inspired to slow down and see the beauty in their own lives, but the truth is that I had a bit of an ulterior motive going on, as well:  since I'm new to the whole mobile phone thing (and am definitely struggling -- it turns out that without a lens to adjust, I have no idea what I'm doing), I also wanted to create something that would help inspire me to improve my own work.  

My Lord, have you people delivered

The shots that you guys are tagging #lookforthelight are nothing short of incredible.  I've been checking your images every single day since we started, and every day, I see a shot that blows me away.  Thank you guys so much for sharing your beautiful, light-filled worlds with me, and with each other.  

So here's what we're going to do:  you can see my favourites of the images I shot with my iPad this month, above, and which I'll continue to share with you.  In addition, however, I'll share 10 of my very favourites if the images that you shot on the last Friday of every month (giving you credit and linking back to your Instagram stream, of course).  

The following are my 10 favourites for September.  Please be sure to click through to the photographers' streams -- I guarantee you're going to find new artists that you're going to want to follow.  I know I did.


Left:  nbee3 
Right:  namelymarly


Left:  staceyechin 
Right:  francinecallaloosoup



Left:  traceelaine
Right:  xantheb 


Left:  lunaticca
Right:  ariseile



Left:  monettechilson
Right:  jaymoimeme 


Again, thanks to all of you who participated this month in #lookforthelight -- keep 'em coming!  If you'd like to participate and you have an Instagram account (it's free), simply grab shots of the light in your life with your mobile device, and add the hashtag "lookforthelight" to your shot, either in the caption or in the comments.  I'll feature my 10 favourite shots again at the end of October here on Chookooloonks, giving lots of link love.  And of course, click here to see all the submissions.

one more thing before I go ...


My little Tumblr project, Where Bloggers Blog, is still going strong:  as of this writing, thousands are following these awesome reader-submitted images of their blogging workspaces.  It's so fun to see how workspaces vary around the world; so much so, that I created a Prowl Board* of some of the more common items that are showing up in the shots (okay, the Stormtrooper helmet and disco ball aren't common, but the fact that they actually have shown up in people's offices is fantastic, nonetheless).  If you're a blogger and have already submitted your space, thank you so much.  If you haven't yet, what are you waiting for?  We'd love to see where you create, and you'll get a little link-love in the process.

Guidelines to submit can be found here.  Please join us.

And on that note, have a great weekend, everyone. 


* Prowl is a new little social network that's sort of like Pinterest for shoppers. Created by the folks at CafeMom, I was invited to check it out for the past few weeks.  You can see what I've "prowled" here