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June – #cy365 – weeks 23 – 26

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

Week 23:

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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:

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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

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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

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36. she shakes just like a willow tree

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62. on and on and on

62/365 – When my dad entered the hospital.

88. i don't want to try too hard.

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113/365 – an hour after I found out my dad was gone.

130. i just want my chance

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134. as you're folding up the shirts you hesitate

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164. couldnt hear a robin sing

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188. won't you come out to play

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195. Don't adventures ever have an end?

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365/365 – This was a joke, sort of, lots of the cliches that were big at the time in one photo.

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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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November 13, 2007 – Day 365

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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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June 28/ 2007 49/366

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

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September 18, 2007 131/366

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September 29, 2007 142/366

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October 22, 2007 165/366

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

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

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January 3, 2008 238/366

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February 15, 2008 281/366

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May 10, 2008 366/366