Exploring My World

Yesterday I picked up a copy of How To Be An Explorer Of The World” by Keri Smith. And a small handbag-size¬† journal with a combination of blank pages for drawing and lined pages so I can take lots of notes. This will be fun!

I was reading the introduction and I noticed something. This, from page 5 of her book (thanks to Keri for letting me share these images, because it looks so much better in ‘written in the dark’ handwriting :


Now read the same list again.

Now read it again and think about how you engage with people. Yes, even on Twitter.

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I’m looking forward to investigating my world over the next couple of months. I might even do some of the explorations with the kids.When my boys play with my camera I get a real insight into how they view the world, and their little explorations. This apparently, is how they see things.


Keri Smith’s book reminds me of the way we grew up, taught to find faces or people in everyday things (one of Keri’s exercises) and encouraged to notice the works of art to be found around us.¬† It’s an approach to looking I hope I can pass onto my own children.

Do you like to explore the everyday? How do you like to capture those moments?

7 thoughts on “Exploring My World

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  2. Michele Martin

    I have Kerris’s book on Guerilla Art and am now on my way to ordering this one from Amazon. I’ve been in a rut lately and this is something I need to jolt myself out of it, especially since I’m going on vacation in a few weeks and just being away will be something different I can sink my teeth into. Thanks for sharing this!

    1. wonderwebby

      Sag – this will be fun! :)
      Brenda – thanks and I’m glad you found Keri’s list useful.
      Joanna- I always appreciate your comments! I think I need a field notes for working mothers version. Turning out to be more of a challenge, but if I can get one done a week I’ll be happy!
      Michele- hello there! I noticed there is a new book coming out too. http://www.flickr.com/photos/kerismith/3710887737/ I hope you have a really lovely vacation, and yes I think this kind of book would be great to take with you!

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