Late, as usual to climb aboard the bandwagon, I only read the other day about "Success Theater"--the tendency to present only successful and idyllic versions of ourselves for social media to consume.
I do it. I generally post only the most interesting, and--in some cases-jazzed up images from my overcrowded shoe box of digital snapshots, without the caveat that for every one I set free, 99 others will remain in a windowless dungeon of anonymity, like the ninth kid in a family of 14, who never graduated from Montessori and wears a pie plate on his head. You don't want to see him and I'm not even sure which file he's in.
So...to celebrate this fine morning, when my mailbox is stuffed with annual, year-end highlight reels from other families' trips to Madagascar and Rhodes Scholar children and Lotto winnings, I hereby declare Non-Success Theater Day. A day to revel in otherwise ordinary moments that mark the inevitable countdown to our mortal demise.
This is a photo of the Immaculate Heart Middle School in Oro Valley, Arizona, just as I photographed it on Oct. 11, 2017; no cropping, no rotating, no pumping the exposure and saturation, no background plate of looming thunderclouds and B-Wing Starfighters. In honor of today's date--the 23rd--this is exposure No. 23 from that day. It's a fine-looking school. The point of the shot was to show the entrance, with the silver cross and parallel cypress trees. A Location Manager could look at it and come to a mildly-informed decision to check it out.
I have better ones. I really, really, really do.