I know I promised at some point that I would talk a little bit about 3191. I'm reluctant to talk about it because I love how quiet it is over there. I love that I don't have to say anything. I think mav feels the same way. The entire project came together in an entirely visual way. One day back in December, mav sent me a photo I had taken paired with one she had taken the same day (see them here). She asked if I was interested in creating a blog of morning diptychs. I said yes. We never ever discussed the subject matter or style of photos. It was important to us that the project feel really organic and natural and unforced. I feel as though we've succeeded.
Am I really a morning person? Not in the sense that I awaken chipper and bubbly, no, but in the sense that if I sleep in I feel as though something has been stolen from me, yes. My ideal morning is just me and my coffee and a window. My actual morning involves helping two children to be dressed and fed, lunches made, hair combed, teeth brushed, conflicts resolved, homework found, and at two different schools on time. When I return after this frenzy it's finally just me and my coffee and my window. This is usually when I take my photos (it's also when the sun is high enough for there to be any natural light). Often, at some point earlier in the morning I've noticed something that I'd like to capture. I try to never spend more than a few minutes taking a photo. I do take advantage of spots in my house that have decent morning light. Today was so very gray that I decided to go outside.
I email my photo to mav who pairs it with the one she took earlier and posts them on 3191. It's thrilling every day to see them appear together. It always feels like magic. I immediately look for the connections between the two as well as the contrasts. I love to come back later in the day and read the comments and see it through all of your eyes.
Thank you to everyone who visits. So many of you have asked if we will be creating a book. We think that's a very cool idea, but we're also really happy with 3191 just as it is. We hope you are too.