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2016: A Year of Self Portraits

08 January, 2016

I feel like I have written this post about a half dozen times already but here we are again.

I have, for some unknown reason, decided to do a photography project for 2016!

Part of me thinks I’m crazy for doing this project.

Part of me knows I’m crazy for doing this project.

But an even bigger part of me is pretty excited about doing this project.

The two previous projects I completed were relatively easy. There were no rules. Just take a photograph of something, anything for 365 days and call it good. Don’t get me wrong, it was still a challenge but really not that challenging.

This time out though, it’s going to be different. This time around, for the next 366 days (not a typo, of ALL the years I decide to commit to this project, I pick a leap year. Awesome.) I will be taking a photograph of myself, in some way, shape or form.

So why even take on a project that I have failed at more than I have succeeded.

There are a few reasons actually…

--I miss my camera and photography. I miss creating and taking a photograph just for the joy of doing so. When I started doing photography “professionally”, the business side of things sucked the fun right out of it. Everyone had an opinion and everyone wanted to share it. After a conversation with Z (here is to hoping there is a story there!), I began to realize just how much I missed creating something just for myself and am anxious to get back at it!

--I need to push some boundaries. I am learning I don’t do this enough. I don’t push my limits of who I am, who I want to be and who I can be. This project is my attempt to do just that.

--Anyone who has suffered from body image issues will understand how difficult it can be to even just look at oneself. But putting yourself in a position where ALL of you can be seen? Terrifying. But there is nothing wrong with me or my body or how I look. And this project is to prove that to myself.

--To up the ante, I'm shooting this project in all black and white. Wha?! One of my favorite quotes from Ted Grant is “When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!” I believe every bit of that statement in soul. My heart belongs to black and white photography. And I feel like if you want to improve as a photographer, get good at it and then move onto color.

For anyone who wants to follow along, I'll be sharing my project on Flickr and 500px. I'll also be doing periodic updates on the project here on the 'ole blog.

I'm really looking forward to seeing where the project takes me this year. Happy shooting!

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