June – #cy365 – weeks 23 – 26

Here we go again! I’m trying to climb back on top of things. PHEW.

Week 23:

155. a message
155. a message
156. for sale
156. for sale
157. Real/self portrait.
157. Real/Self portrait
158. breakfast
158. breakfast
159. brave (in ribbons)
159. brave
160. Makes Me Smile
160. makes me smile
161. a snack
161. a snack

Continue reading June – #cy365 – weeks 23 – 26

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April – #cy365 – Week 17

113. light and bright
113. light and bright
114. magnify
114. magnify
115. rule of thirds
115. rule of thirds
116. standing
116. standing
117. retro
117. retro
118. Well-loved.
118. well-loved
119. Looking down
119. looking down

April – #cy365 – Week 16

106. a bunch
106. a bunch
107. on the side
107. on the side
108. exposure
108. exposure
109. go wide
109. go wide
110. f/1.4
110. f/1.4
111. simple.
111. simple
112. dark and moody
112. dark and moody

Projects throughout the years: 3rd 365 self portrait set, May 2010-2011

In May of of 2010 I got a new dSLR and I was feeling super inspired. Really, in a lot of ways, with my newly short hair and camera, I was feeling reborn. It was the first time things felt really normal, or even a little exciting, after my dad died.

In December we went back to Disney World, we drove all the way to Florida. It was probably my favorite of our 3 trips there.

In February 2011 we had an amazing blizzard. Super rare in Oklahoma, so we were snowed in for over a week, and it was really fun. I also taught myself how to crochet that week, and it became one of my favorite things to do for the next several years.

Here are some highlights from that set:

like a drunk but not

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April – #cy365 – week 14

92. reward
92. reward
93. shallow
93. shallow
94. in my hands/self portrait
94. in my hands/self portrait
95. homemade
95. homemade
96. off-prompt
96. off-prompt
97. precious
97. precious
98. currently loving
98. currently loving

MARCH – #CY365 – WEEK 13

85. in motion
85. in motion
86. branches
86. branches
87. depth of field
87. depth of field
88. vintage
88. vintage
89. high key
89. high key

 

90. wide
90. wide
91. asymmetrical
91. asymmetrical

Projects throughout the years, 365 self 2008 – 2009

I started my second 365 self portrait project on my 23rd birthday. I wrote more about 2008 on this post.  I was feeling so inspired when I started this project. Then it became a strange conduit for grief. I was glad to have it, and I’m glad to have this record of one of the toughest year of my life, but it’s still hard to write about. I thought I was doing better than I was. In retrospect, most of what I remember of 2009 was napping on the couch, watching Fellowship of the Ring over and over, and crying.

1. cos you're evil and you lie.
1/365 – August 25, 2008
16. with a wave of my hand and a well-placed moan
16/365
19. on september 12th right here, in front of the waverly
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33. i'll be your winter coat buttoned and zipped straight to the throat
33/365
36. she shakes just like a willow tree
36/365
62. on and on and on
62/365 – When my dad entered the hospital.
88. i don't want to try too hard.
88/365
113.
113/365 – an hour after I found out my dad was gone.
130. i just want my chance
130/365
134. as you're folding up the shirts you hesitate
134/365
159.
159/365
164. couldnt hear a robin sing
164/365
185.
185/365
187.
187/365
188. won't you come out to play
188/365
195. Don't adventures ever have an end?
195/365
203.
203/365
247.
247/365
263.
263/365
269.
269/365
314.
314/365
326.
326/365
334.
334/365
337.
337/365
361.
361/365
363.
363/365
365.
365/365 – This was a joke, sort of, lots of the cliches that were big at the time in one photo.

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:

Where I am writing...
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

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:

051107: Day 1/365
May 11, 2007: Day 1
052807 18/365
May 38, 2007 18/366
061707 38/365
June 17, 2007 38/366
062807 49/365
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
102207: 165/365
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

365 self: Week 52

week fifty-two: double exposure with favorite shots from 2014:

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The End…

until I do it again, of course. :)

All the photos for this project are here under the 365 days tag.