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    Posted February 24, 2014 by
    New York City, New York
    This iReport is part of an assignment:
    Photo essays: Your stories in pictures

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    A day in the life - my 365 days of Instagram


    CNN PRODUCER NOTE     marjfz created an Instagram challenge for herself: "I take photos all the time, so thought it would be fun to try to do it every day for a year's worth of time," she said. The photos we see here were all taken in her hometown New York City, but she was able to take photos in other places, as well. "We had vacations in Japan and Mexico that are represented on Instagram, along with some other short trips locally," she said. To see more of this iReporter's year-long journey, follow her on Instagram @MARJFZ.
    - Verybecoming, CNN iReport producer

    I have always been a shutterbug. Sharing my vacation photos meant sitting with me for hours flipping through snapshots, and telling the stories that went with them. Then came the camera phone. Who knew it would become such a handy device, not only as a portable phone, but as a pocket camera I could use at any given time or place?

    As I happily snapped photos on a regular basis, just for my own pleasure, I decided to challenge myself to take at least one photo a day for 365 days, documenting it all on Instagram. And so the challenge began, officially on February 23, 2013.

    Seeing a year in my life through photos I thought might be a fun, little personal exercise, not much more than that. Little did I know, it turned out to be and eye-opening experience.

    I live in New York City. I walk to and from work every day. This walk became my little treasure hunt. What could I find along the way that is interesting or beautiful or amusing or just odd that I could snap a quick photo of? Any detour from my daily routine, whether a major vacation or just a trip uptown to run an errand was a new adventure.

    That’s where it became truly rewarding. I started visually exploring, not just what’s in front of me, but looking up, looking down, looking at shapes, looking at movement, and so on. My sense of awareness opened up in ways that I never imagined. I saw things that I must have walked by hundreds of times without even noticing before.

    Architectural details, lighting and shadows, trees and flowers, and the beauty of fresh food at the farmer’s market all become the subject matter of the day. Symmetry, geometry, texture, color and composition became fascinating and curious. Finding my photo subject became easier and easier, as I became so much more observant and alert.

    This new level of awareness will be with me everywhere I go. My senses have been elevated, and my shutter finger will forever be active. All one needs to do is look around and take it all in.

    All my photos can be found here: http://instagram.com/marjfz
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