I’ve been spending more of my free time exploring Baltimore and taking pictures of what I find. It’s a great way to relax, and I get to learn a bit more about the city that I live in. Often, someone will make a comment about the camera I use – it’s quite old as cameras go. The model was first built in 1966. It’s a far cry from digital, but that’s how I like it.
Something I spend a lot of time on when I’m taking a picture is how I’m going to frame the subject. Putting the subject just anywhere in the frame and pushing a button will produce an image, but it might not be anything that anyone would want to look at or consider buying. The frame the subject sits in matters a lot to a photograph.
How you frame your AmeriCorps experience is important, too. Keeping a positive view of your service year is hard sometimes. Just like a photographer, if you spend a little bit of time framing, you can get something awesome out of something that might not seem to be worthwhile. Spending a little time reflecting on your AmeriCorps experience can be a good exercise. You might be reminded of why you joined in the first place, the people you’ve helped, and the things you’ve accomplished.