Projects throughout the years, A Picture a Day, 2008

2008 is a hard year to write about. We started the year at Disney World, and that was wonderful. I had just quit my job to focus on our home and my photography full time.  In October my dad entered the hospital, he never left. On December 14, 2008, he died.  Even before that, it had felt like a hard year, my anxiety was very bad.

Through all of this, I kept up a daily photo project, and in August, on my 23rd birthday, I started a 365 self portrait project as well (I’ll do a post about that in a bit.) I did them concurrently and didn’t miss a day of either project (though on hard days I did overlap and use one photo for both sets.) There was something therapeutic about creating something during this time, or anyway, it was a good distraction.

It’s hard for me to revisit some of these, but here are the highlights and milestones of 2008:

January 1, 2008 – Disney World!

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February 24, 2008

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March 21, 2008

I have never been so keyed up

April 4, 2008

the dad

April 19, 2008 – Herbal Affair with my parents, Smena 8M 35mm

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May 1, 2008

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May 6, 2008

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May 17, 2008 – Tulsa during Mayfest

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July 4, 2008

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August 5, 2008 – OKCMOA with Shaun’s parents 

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August 21, 2008

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September 22, 2008 

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October 18, 2008

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October 25, 2008 – hospital wall, the day after my dad was admitted.

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November 4, 2008 – hospital laundry room.

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December 2, 2008

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December 14, 2008 – an hour before my dad died.

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December 27, 2008 – after my dad died I wasn’t really afraid of anything anymore. we walked around town with fake mustaches on. People passing us seemed really happy about it, that was a good feeling.

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December 31, 2008 – nothing special, just the end of the set.

Projects throughout the years: A Picture a Day, November 2006/2007

For some reason I didn’t realize I began this project in 2006! I started with my Olympus Camedia c5050z and Canon Powershot a520, a little point and shoot Shaun and I had bought together when we were still dating that we called “our camera.” We had just moved into our house in November of 2006, I was working on a NaNoWriMo novel, Kismet Academy, the first year I would “win”, and one I hope to adapt into a visual novel in the near future. I had no idea that in less than a month we would pop into the courthouse to apply for a marriage license (hey, do you want to get married during winter break? he says.) I think you can really see how much I improved as the year progressed, though a lot of these first photos were very much diary entries rather than “art.” (You can read & see more about what I was up to in 2007 in this post about my 365 self project that year.)

Here are milestones and highlights from that year in photos:

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November 14, 2006, Day 1 “Where I am writing…”

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December 29, 2006 – The rings, sitting on the Arkham Horror Dunwich Horror expansion board.

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January 1, 2007 I got married.

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January 14, 2007 This was a very memorable snow for us.

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February 4, 2007

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March 19, 2007 On our honeymoon.

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April 9, 2007 – Mirror assignment for Flickr group “Take a Class with Dave and Dave.”

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April 13, 2007

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April 19, 2007

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April 27, 2007

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May 18, 2007 – We went for a walk and I bought myself a dinosaur.

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May 27, 2007

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June 9, 2007 I got this fantastic little toy digital point and shoot, I really loved it so much. The Vistaquest VQ1005.

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June 29, 2007 By this time I had bought my Canon Rebel xti.

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June 30, 2007

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June 30, 2007 – I was so proud of this one!

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July 4, 2007

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September 14, 2007

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September 24, 2007

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September 29, 2007

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October 11, 2007

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October 23, 2007

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October 31, 2007

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November 7, 2007

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November 13, 2007 – Day 365

January #cy365 – week 4

22. artificial light

22. artificial light

23. dappled

23. dappled

24. space

24. space

25. a favorite...

25. a favorite… space to take photos in. Anyone who has followed any of my various 365 projects over the last 9 years will recognize my corner with the great natural light.

26. angled

26. angled

 

27. curved

27. curved

28. cropped

28. cropped

Projects throughout the years: My first 365 self portrait set in 2007/2008

I started my first 365 self portrait set in 2007.  Shaun and I had just moved into a house together in October of 2006 and gotten married on January 1st. I was still working as a janitor and I was super into baking vegan cupcakes and learning to sew, two things I only dabble in now, but my main interest was still photography. I had been shooting film I could barely afford for years, and while I did have a high end point and shoot digital camera, I was feeling increasingly limited by it. The battery life was frustrating. My world was full of rechargeable AAs.  I started my 365 with an Olympus Camedia c5050z. It was a great camera, actually, but it was several years old at this point and no longer functioning reliably.

I saved up my pennies (for months!!) and bought a Canon Rebel xti in June, shortly after joining up with some very active flickr groups and discovering all of these amazing people doing 365 Days of self-portraits. I’m very grateful for everyone I met back then, on flickr,  some of us have lost touch, but many of them are still dear friends!

That first year was more about learning what I could do and less about making what I wanted to make. I didn’t really click with following The Rules of photography. My favorite photos were always based on feelings and memories. But it was important to learn that stuff, to take what I liked, and needed, and bin the rest.

I took a lot of crappy pictures that year. I mean a lot. I have been trying to sort through them on an external hard drive and it was probably my most prolific year ever. You have to take a lot of pictures to get a good one when you’re still learning and I took at least 80,000 photos in 2007. I shared about 3,000 of them on flickr. I have since made a  fair few of those private. The memories are good, though! Going back through and culling them, revisiting them with better editing software and skills, I have found lots of shots I’m glad I didn’t delete when I dismissed them initially.

Here are some favorites, and milestones, from the original set, as I originally shared them:

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May 11, 2007: Day 1

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May 38, 2007 18/366

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June 17, 2007 38/366

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June 28/ 2007 49/366

072507: 76/365

July 25, 2007 76/365 Sweet Gus. <3

091807: 131/365

September 18, 2007 131/366

092907: 142/365

September 29, 2007 142/366

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October 22, 2007 165/366

122807: 232/365

December 28, 2007 232/366 My last day of work.

010108: 236/365

January 1, 2008 236/366 Our one year wedding anniversary at Disney World!

010308: 238/365

January 3, 2008 238/366

021508: 281/365

February 15, 2008 281/366

051008: 366/365

May 10, 2008 366/366

January #cy365 – the first two weeks

I decided to participate in #cy365 this year. It’s a daily photo project with prompts from this site: captureyour365.com I’m really enjoying the inspiration of the prompts and the super welcoming community on instagram!

1. fresh start

1. fresh start

2. one word

2. one word

3. this is so me/self portrait

3. this is so me/self portrait

4. need this

4. need this

5. makes me happy

5. makes me happy

6. pushing myself

6. pushing myself

7. good for me

7. good for me

8. where i stand

8. where i stand

9. a relationship

9. a relationship

10. monochrome

10. monochrome

11 complementary

11. complementary

12. draw

12. draw

13. mostly white

13. mostly white

14. black & white

14. black & white

My latest 100 happy days, the last 50 (and the last 50 days of 2015!)

I started my last #100happydays project so that it would finish up on New Year’s Eve. Here are the last 50 days, full of good food, NaNoWriMo, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and snow!

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Click the photos to view them larger! <3

2015: *a photo retrospective*

January

Putting away Christmas, going for walks around town, working on my smash journal, and starting our ’52 weeks of us’ project.

Day 37: #100happydays

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five months into 30 before 30
1 : <3

February

Puppies, a new camera, and snow!

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2 : <3

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