The Joburg photowalkers are a group of people (I found them on Facebook) who regularly go out and take photos together. I joined their page a few months ago but have never actually joined them on an outing until last Sunday. Usually I hum and hah and procrastinate and then don’t go. Why you ask? Hmm maybe it’s because I am too stuck in my comfort zone doing nothing or maybe it’s because I will have to meet new people or maybe I am afraid that I’m not that good at taking photos or fear of the new or of going on my own? So many possible reasons I guess. Who knows, I didn’t really ask myself that question before, I just didn’t go.
Last Sunday though I decided to go because they were all meeting up at the old Alhambra Theatre in Doornfontein which has not been used for 20 years apparently. My hubby and I used to go there in our 20’s. They will be turning it into an art and creativity centre for children, which sounds amazing and this was the last weekend before it would be changed forever.
In any case, on Sunday I kept feeling uncomfortable about going on the photowalk and was wondering why I booked to go in the first place. Eventually I decided to stop my nonsense and just go. Better an Oops than a What If.
On the way there I suddenly felt jubilant because I realised I was taking a risk, doing something out of my comfort zone. I got lost on the way there but not too lost and found myself with my camera and tripod inside the theatre with an hour to play. I couldn’t believe how fast an hour went. I was having such fun, experimenting and playing with my camera, seeing my old haunt. I got to stay for an extra hour as some people didn’t arrive and I had the best time.
I have posted a few of my shots on Instagram and am still loading them on as our wifi has been very slow the last few days. If you want to see any of them you can click here. My Instagram account is eve.marks so feel free to follow me.
This story is about taking risks, getting out of our comfort zones and having fun. I could have missed this opportunity (which believe me I have done in the past) and instead I risked. Martha Beck (a famous Life Coach) suggests taking one risk a day – and giving yourself a treat for each risk you take.
So if taking one risk a day seems too risky, take one risk this week and see how exhilarating it is.