Projects throughout the years: Failed 52 weeks, 2012

I started 2012 with a bit of photo project burnout, but I was still pretty addicted. I did a bunch of challenges on a month by month basis for most of the year. I also started a 52 weeks project of diptychs shot on Sunday that I called Sundae. I only did 19 weeks, whoops! It was hard to take photos on one specific day of the week, and Sundays are my laziest day, so it was doomed to fail.

Here are all 19 shots! I really love them, anyway!

 
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6. everyday is silent and grey. ;)

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16.

17.

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February – March #cy365 – Weeks 8 – 9

February was a hard month for me and mine and I got a little bit behind on sharing this project!

Week 8:

50. cover

50. cover

51. starts with R

51. starts with R

52. aperture

52. aperture

53. rest

53. rest

54. supplies

54. supplies

55. centered

55. centered

56. motion

56. motion

Week 9:

57. from the top

57. from the top

 

58. over

58. over

59. together

59. together

60. bonus

60. bonus

61. Spire

61. Spire

62. focused

62. focused

63. Purpose

63. Purpose

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, 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

19/365

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.

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

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!

One-Hundred & Sixty-Three

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2 : <3

One-Hundred & Eighty-Two

5: <3 Continue reading

Eight Months into 30 before 30

30 before 301. Cook 30 new recipes 65/30

Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens Mushroom Lasagna Southern Biscuits and Gravy
Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas & Greens Szechwan Tofu & Green Beans Mix and Match Jambalaya Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars

58. Maple Baked Beans and Cornbread Casserole (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
59. Tunisian Sweet Potatoes, Chickpeas & Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
60. Mushroom Lasagna (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
61. Gravy (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)
62. Nigerian Black-Eyed Peas and Greens (One-Dish Vegan)
63. Szechwan Tofu and Green Beans (One-Dish Vegan)
64. Mix and Match Jambalaya (The Vegan Slow Cooker)
65. Salted Caramel Peanut Butter Bars (But I Could Never Go Vegan!)

2. Shoot 1 roll of film per month. 8/12 Bo & Su of Les Beehive gave me a Mamiya msx 500 last summer and I hadn’t loaded film into it yet, high time to see how it goes!

7. Reach Advanced Level yoga with Erin Motz’s DoYouYoga course.

I’ve done a lot of yoga this month, feeling pretty good about this one. :)

April 2, warrior 3. (Doing #badyogisdoit  with @angbisho ! Hosted by @erinmotz) Day 6: side plank is definitely a favorite! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 7, chaturanga push ups. I have a cold and this was so much harder than usual! I did 5 not-quite-right with knees up and 7 with knees down and now I feel like a noodle. 🙆 (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga #yogachallenge April 9, floating tabletop crunch! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho) This felt good after a couple of challenging days with a cold! Not feeling my best this morning but getting better.
April 10: plank! #badyogisdoit with hobbit slippers and @angbisho 😘 April 12: eagle! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga April 14: warrior 1! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) #yoga 2015-04-16 10.21.47 1
April 20: crow! (Doing #badyogisdoit with @angbisho !) April 21, wild card! I chose headstand because it's something I can do somedays. I could have hung out at this stage for a long time but I could only straighten my legs for a couple of seconds today. My falling was super graceful and controlled though, I
9. 30 self portraits in 2015. 

eight:

Two-Hundred & Twenty-Two

nine:

Two-Hundred & Forty

10. Fill my first Smash Journal.

Done!
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18. Print another photo book.

Since this project has involved going through and re-editing my photos it has taken a long time. I’m somewhere in the middle of October of 2007 for a photo book that will only span June – December of that year and I’m already past 200 pages. When I was first starting to really practice and study photography I was super prolific, whoops. I’m going to admit that I might not be able to afford to actually PRINT this book until after my birthday, I will consider this done if I finish all of the other work involved because I have put many hours into it.

Here’s a couple of two-page spreads I’m really happy with:

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In 2007 I had some interest in being a commercial photographer, at least in terms stock photography. I have a lot of stuff I shot with that aim that I really love in retrospect but actually shooting photography for someone other than myself wasn’t fun at the time and I decided to focus on more emotive/photo diary work. I’m curious what future photo books will be like, especially everything past the death of my dad in December of 2008, when I realized that capturing and remembering my real life was the most important thing to me artistically.

21. Start a 365 photo set on my 29th birthday. Finish it!

Here are some of my favorites this month:

Two-Hundred & Sixteen

Two-Hundred & Thirty-One

Two-Hundred & Forty-Two

24. Scan my mom’s family photos. Got another stack done this month.

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Going down a slide with my dad, in Oregon.

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My dad in a stump chair, 1975.

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My mom at Silver Dollar City.

28. Write a list of major cleaning projects and do them all!

  • move all furniture and clean behind/under it. (fridge, dressers, couch, entertainment center.) (Progress: Kitchen, bathroom, living room done in month 6. One half of bedroom done in month 7.)
  • clean the fridge out. (Progress: I did the fridge a couple of weeks ago. I was surprised by how many jars of useless stuff I had in there. I felt like I was being good at keeping it down to the essentials, but nope! I still need to clean the freezer, but in general it stays a little cleaner.)
  • take ALL THAT RECYCLING so the cozy system can start working. (Progress: Still need to take all the paper and cardboard, but the rest of it is kept sorted and tidy.)
  • take everything to Goodwill. (Progress: I just keep adding boxes and bags. I have SO MUCH that’s on it’s way out, I can’t wait to reclaim that space!)
  • finish each room. If I still have to have stuff piled in a corner, at least let it be stored in a plastic tub. (Progress: Living room I would call done. I hung some curtains this month There are lots of living room photos above in my yoga shots.)
  • closet overhaul. (Progress: Lots of little adjustments but nothing worth noting.)
  • NEW Springtime Garden Tidy. (Progress: Gardening update.)