22 Responses to “Cut Through the Noise with the One Photo Challenge”


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  1. I’m in on this, Courtney! Though I can’t post one photo a day. Maybe a photo a week. :)

  2. Jen

    I’m in! I’m not sure I will remember every day but I’ll work on that!

  3. I’m going to (reluctantly) think about this, because I think this is just what I need.

  4. Courtney! What a fine way to slow down and notice things in our environment! May you enjoy millions of profound photos from the world over!

  5. Keisha

    This is interesting. I took my children a surprise visit to see their grandparents last week for the Holiday, and we practiced ‘photo dieting’. I put my phone away for the whole three days. It came out three times – once for a memorial picture we had pre-planned, and twice more for one shot each. My husband and I just kept reminding ourselves that we have memories, we don’t need clutter on our facebook and our wall. I know this is much more of an extreme approach, but it was very freeing to see the lake, and the kids, and my family through the lense of experience instead of the lens of a camera.

  6. I am up for the challenge. After I think on it a bit I will upload my submission to your hashtag on twitter!

  7. Gosh… to be honest, this sorta sounds exhausting to me. Perhaps I’m just lazier than the average bear, but posting photos sounds like a lot of work to me – and trying to do one every day might just push me over the edge! (Assuming I’m not there already, that is.) But since I don’t have accounts on either Twitter or Pinterest, and I have no earthly idea what Instagram is, I guess I’m off the hook! :-)

    • Courtney Carver

      It’s not for everyone! I thought some people might not resonate with this challenge, but knew that plenty would. I’m glad it’s not an issue for you. ;)

      • Don’t get me wrong… It’s not that I don’t admire people who have the time and energy to take and post all those beautiful photos – I just can’t imagine going to all that trouble! Maybe it’s different if you have a smartphone – but I fear I still live in the world of the land line!

  8. Sally

    I love this idea, but I have something to add: what about only checking sites like Facebook and Instagram once a day as well? I held out for years without a smart phone and only recently downloaded Instagram and I have now gone from happily existing without either to checking all the time, throughout the day. I notice that my friends (we’re all in our mid-20s) are compulsive about constantly updating, formatting, filtering, checking and commenting on a perpetual stream of photos and videos that often bear little semblance to reality. Perhaps if we not only limited our photo output but input as well, there would be fewer feelings of dissatisfaction and less comparison with others. Although I enjoy Instagram, I have to say that my constant consumption of it has become rather thoughtless, and it has certainly led me to moments of feeling that my life wasn’t good or glamorous enough. That’s a problem that needs fixing, and mindful moderation seems like a big step in the right direction!

    • Courtney Carver

      That’s a great challenge Sally and add to it full days or weekends with no digital connection!

  9. Anja

    Great point! I seldom take photos at all, and I always travel without a camera, or even a photo camera. I’ve noticed people who travel with me sometimes only really see the sights when they get home and go through their pictures – while on site they are so focused on taking the perfect picture they sometimes don’t even really look at the sight they are photographing. Not to mention they return home without having learnt anything about the people and the culture. It’s sad, really.

    I think this is an excellent challenge. I also agree with Sally that people “are compulsive about constantly updating, formatting, filtering, checking and commenting on a perpetual stream of photos and videos.” Challenges about checking social media already exist, I believe, but there’s no harm in another.

    • Courtney Carver

      Anja, I think we have to be personally challenging ourselves and our habits all the time. It’s the best way to recognize things that are distracting us from living our best lives.

    • I think it depends on the person and their interest in photography. I would argue that I see even more through the lens of my camera and I see things differently. I think the camera gets in the way for me when I want to capture a special moment involving my kids – I usually end up ruining the moment when I try to capture it.

  10. Excellent challenge! I may not do a lot of edits to my pics, but finding one that is special or sums up the day is a challenge indeed!

  11. Kat

    I swear, sometimes the universe truly does work in mysterious ways. I found your blog through a million twists and turns today, and just yesterday I wrote a post about something that lends itself to this challenge. I wonder if I can work this in to my life right now…I know I should!


  12. I’m in. There’s also a hashtag-feature in Facebook these days, so I’m sharing both there and in Pinterest. I’m also going through a trial of trying to post only three posts a day in FB, which for me is a true challenge, as I’m there all the time. But I’ve noticed it’s helped both me and my account. Three posts a day means you have to think about what you can afford to post, and end up posting much more essential stuff to life itself. And I’ve noticed that people respond more to my posts these days when their timelines aren’t filled with just everyday stuff.

  13. What a great challenge! Lately we have become very critical of the photos we save and simply delete them to eliminate electronic waste – which is still clutter, at least on your desktop when you are trying to find “that one” you are really looking for.

  14. Courtney, you know I adore you, and love the idea of your challenge, but I don’t agree that my photos, or the filters I use, create more noise, distraction,or cause me to miss out on life. I highly respect your views, but in this area I respectfully disagree.
    I strive to be discerning with the photos I share, and work to be thoughtful in that area and will continued to do so, but at this point in my life I want to take more photos not less! I’m enjoying the opportunity of learning to be a better photographer, particularly on my iPhone. It brings a lot of joy to my life. That said…all the best to you in the challenge. I’m a fan regardless!

    • Courtney Carver

      Lisa, I adore you right back and know that this challenge is not for everyone. It may not even be for me, but until I try it, I won’t know. Already though I’m finding that it’s challenging me creatively. xo

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