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:
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:
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!