Projects throughout the years: A picture a day in 2011.

2011 was a good year. We had a blizzard, I learned to crochet, we took a train to San Antonio and all year, we celebrated lots of life with lots of family. Looking through the photos for this year feels extra bittersweet to me.

two

sixteen

twenty

thirty-five

forty-nine

sixty-three

seventy-one

eighty-three

ninety-two

one-hundred & thirty

one-hundred & thirty-three

one-hundred & thirty-four

one-hundred & forty-seven

one-hundred & fifty-five

one-hundred & fifty-seven

one-hundred & sixty

one-hundred & sixty-two

one-hundred & sixty-four

one-hundred & seventy-six

one-hundred & eighty-five

blue broom, bristles // two-hundred & seventeen

two-hundered & nineteen

two-hundred & twenty-eight

two-hundred & thirty-five

two-hundred & thirty-six

two-hundred & thirty-seven

two-hundred & forty-two

two-hundred & seventy-six

three-hundred

three-hundred & twelve

three-hundred & fourteen

three-hundred & fifteen

three-hundred & twenty-seven

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Projects throughout the years: A Picture a Day 2009

2009 started out rough. What I remember most about the beginning of the year was how Shaun took care of me. My dad had just died and I felt very helpless and brokenhearted. Shaun spent a lot of the school break packing me and my cameras into the car and driving me to pretty places to distract me with photography, like he had perfectly intuited what I needed at that moment. The whole world felt different. I felt so broken, but also braver. My dad dying was (and still is) the worst thing that had ever happened in my life and I had faced it and my anxiety wasn’t so scary anymore. I spent some time wallowing in the groove on the couch created by my grief-stricken Lord of The Rings marathons, yes, but I came out stronger than ever. I also think my photography became more important, it had more purpose, I wanted to capture every single thing about my life, and preserve it forever.

January 1, 2009
January 1, 2009
January 7, 2009
January 7, 2009
January 14, 2009
January 14, 2009
January 16, 2009
January 16, 2009
January 22, 2009
January 22, 2009
January 30, 2009
January 30, 2009
163. they tumble blindly
February 3, 2009
February 16, 2009
February 16, 2009
February 21, 2009
February 21, 2009
March 18, 2009
March 18, 2009
April 3, 2009
April 3, 2009
April 4, 2009
April 4, 2009
April 16, 2009
April 16, 2009
April 27, 2009
April 27, 2009
April 28, 2009
April 28, 2009
June 10, 2009
June 10, 2009
June 12, 2009
June 12, 2009
June 16, 2009
June 16, 2009
July 4, 2009
July 4, 2009
August 1, 2009
August 1, 2009
August 28, 2009
August 28, 2009
September 5, 2009
September 5, 2009
September 23, 2009
September 23, 2009
October 9, 2009
October 9, 2009
October 13, 2009
October 13, 2009
October 30, 2009
October 30, 2009
November 13, 2009
November 13, 2009
November 18, 2009
November 18, 2009
November 22, 2009
November 22, 2009
December 11, 2009
December 11, 2009
December 14, 2009
December 14, 2009
December 18, 2009
December 18, 2009
December 31, 2009
December 31, 2009

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
060907 sidewalk
June 9, 2007 I got this fantastic little toy digital point and shoot, I really loved it so much. The Vistaquest VQ1005.
urban acid fire truck
June 29, 2007 By this time I had bought my Canon Rebel xti.
Artistic Beauty Shop
June 30, 2007
Widow
June 30, 2007 – I was so proud of this one!
Playing with sparklers
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

Five Months into 30 before 30

30 before 30

 

1. Cook 30 new recipes before 30. 41/30 I made 3 new recipes this month!
Perfect Vegan Gingerbread Cookies Pureed Split-Pea and Rutabaga Soup One-pot Cheesy Mac
39. Perfect Vegan Gingerbread Cookies (from here)
40. Pureed Split-Pea & Rutabaga Soup (from Isa Does It)
41. One-pot Cheesy Mac (from One-dish Vegan)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 5/12

This month I shot a 36 exposure roll in the Canon Rebel 2000 with a lensbaby lens attached. Really excited to see the results! It’s much harder to shoot 36 exposures than 24 and I wasn’t going to¬†photograph¬†random stuff just to finish out the roll so I’m shooting to finish¬†on the 31st instead of the 25th. (I usually give myself end of the month wiggle-room on this one, anyway. Most things here I track 25th-25th because the project starts and finishes on August 25th.)

One-Hundred & Fifty
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10. ¬†Fill my first Smash journal. There are probably 8 blank pages left, but it’s SO stuffed with things now it’s hard to cram anything else in. I’m only putting scraps from 2014¬†and prior into it at this point. ¬†As I clean and tidy the house and find little saved slips of paper and mementos I’ll smash them in.¬†I started a new Smash journal to be my 2015 scrapbook. The¬†2015 book will be more organized and linear. After that I expect I’ll switch to Project Life or whatever the newest thing is.

One-Hundred & Fifty-Two
Another thing I plan on doing soon is scrapbooking some of this stuff from my bulletin board.

21. ¬†Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!¬†Since I finished my 365 self portrait set I feel like I’m not posting photos here often enough. Obviously I started this project in August. Here’s the set so far: [link]

Here are some of my favorite shots from this project in the past month:

One-Hundred & Thirty

One-Hundred & Thirty-Two

One-Hundred & Forty-One

One-Hundred & Forty-Seven

One-Hundred & Fifty-Three

24. Scan my mom’s family photos. My mom’s birthday was on the 20th, so I scanned a few more that day for her. I try to just scan some here and there, because it’s pretty exhausting to sit down and do large batches.¬†I’m not cleaning or straightening them up, much. The priority is to get them backed up a couple of places so that the physical copies aren’t the only ones in existence.

mom's family photos
My parents and my brother, 1978 probably.

 

mom's family photos
My great grandma Mildred when she was 17 years old.

 

mom's family photos
My Grandma Winnie.

 

mom's family photos
My mom on her 10th birthday.