Sometimes when I don’t know how to pose a self portrait, I just go with the one-eyed look. Works every time.
I’ve been thinking for a while to resume my 365. It’s been nearly 3 years since I started it, and I suppose it gets harder and harder to “resume” this project. Mostly because now I have an idea of what kind of commitment it takes and I feel i’ve resigned myself to not getting anywhere close to the goal.
Anyway, I’m hoping to post this quickly before I change my mind. Go for the plunge and i’ll figure out how to get myself out of it later.
Almost is actually an understatement. I barely consider myself a photographer, and I’ve practically resigned myself to leaving my original 365 project half done. And then I remember: It wasn’t ever about being a good photographer. Or a photographer at all. Or having a good camera. Or any camera at all.
It’s about practicing creativity. Consistently, everyday. And publishing it for nobody (or somebody) to read. That’s what is so amazing yet difficult about the creative process. It’s not about the end result. It’s not about what “art” I end up with. It’s about courageously failing.
I got the inspiration to finally post on here after I went on a Photobooth photo shoot with myself. The difference with posting here and say, posting it on my instagram? I have to say that when I post any photo on this blog, i’m making a little statement to myself. Take photos with a little bit of thought behind it. Or none at all. But do something. Then keep doing it. (without hashtags)
Finally, some real portraiture. And by real portraiture I mean my usual unusual photos. Today I bring you reflections of mirrors and waters. But really, this is actually part of a more serious project….movie making!
These are a few stills from a little footage I took. Keep on the lookout, i’m about to launch the beginning of a very interesting filming career that will hopefully last longer than my summer vacation ;).
Surprise: I just got a new camera and here’s my first test shot! Its a Nikon J1, something I had my eye on for a while…and well, lets say I’ve been avoiding getting it because it would be a huge blow to my photographer-ego. And it is. Kind of.
First, it seems almost like a downgrade to go from an dslr camera (though my Nikon d3000 wasn’t ever a top-of-the-market camera) to smaller camera (but truthfully a Nikon J1 is “technically a dslr”!). But wow, this little baby is wonderfully portable and shoots photos excellently.
I’m trying to get the hang out of the manual options, but really, the automatic options are just much better. Like…much better than my previous camera.
Which now I must admit gets me worried. I’m worried about taking better photos with a new camera. Why? Well….this is proof that good photos come from a good camera, and not the person behind the camera, right? Us photographers will argue vehemently against that statement, but now i’m starting to have doubts. I’m seriously not doing anything -this camera is doing it all and its doing a fantastic job of it. It’s probably going to steal MY job. Yeesh, what’s the point of being a photographer when the camera is better than you?
Ok besides this personal crisis, I have to say I’m still quite excited about this camera. The best part of it all? Video. Yes. Keep on the look out for my 365 video project (Those words will be regretted badly).
Truth: I’m not putting as much effort into the 365 as when I started. There’s a lot more potential in me that I’m just not using. Well that’s ok for now, but hopefully my ambition will grow again. Lets not make the possibility of failure and excuse for not trying.
I’m starting to wonder how much effort I should be putting into these photos. I need to find a balance of not too much stress, but also a healthy does of ambition. Meaning that I have to move away from the flower pots in my front porch and try something else after a while…haha. One of these days I’ll do a portrait of an actual human being, I swear. For now though, I give you portraits of passionate love flowers (not really), like the Snapdragon.
Here’s something pretty for a change..and a much more formal composition than I am used to. Mostly due to my fancy props: an antique pocket watch. Something I have now learnt to be a gem in photography. Can never go wrong with antique props. Even if the watch actually doesn’t work.
Yes, that’s right. Rather than thinking too much about it i’m picking up with my 365 day project exactly where I left it about …11.5 months ago. And really, if you want to avoid artist stumps the best way is to think less and do more. Sounds like a pretty powerful mantra? I’d say so. Action is the way of progression, baby. So no more self doubting, and more getting down to business.
As for the below photograph…I’ve never been such a fan of basketball. Until now.
edit: (I think this is a nice little addition too)
The strangest coincidence just happened. I took this photo just a few minutes ago because truthfully I just needed a photo for today, so I took a low shutter speed photo of a window outside my room and created this ‘light painting’.
It reminded me of an older photo I first published on this blog over a year ago called Electricity and when I looked it up, I realized it was also day 18 of my first project! Ok, granted it’s not the greatest coincidence of the year, but it seemed strangely symbolic to me.