I decided to start a new tradition of posting film photos on Fridays in the hopes of sharing my photography more regularly in this blog. So here are the first five pictures; they were all taken with 35mm format cameras and they all incorporate the color blue in some way or another.
July had some personal photography-related highlights in store:
For one, my Flickr account reached one million total views. (Yay!) This sounds like a lot, but bear in mind that I’ve been on Flickr for more than seven years now. I’m not super-popular, and since my photos are not out of the ordinary, it is hard to be seen and get huge amounts of exposure (and I’m okay with that). Reaching this mark seemed impossible to me a few years back, and for the longest time, I couldn’t even imagine reaching anywhere near to one million views. So hitting that mark after all these years was really surreal and otherworldly (and also really cool, too!).
On another note, my first photo was accepted to the market on eyeem.com, a stock photography platform that I joined just recently. The review process takes a lot longer than I expected though; I’m still waiting for all the other photos to be reviewed and (hopefully) accepted. As far as my experience goes with selling photos on massive online platforms (Getty Images / Flickr Marketplace), it will either take a long time to happen, or it won’t happen at all. There is just so much content out there. All you can do is persist on doing you thing (and never stop!).
April was a blur and a constant balancing act between darkness and light in many ways. We were dealing with the loss of a family member, the funeral and the grief, all of which left us devastated and feeling surreal. On the brighter side, spring was especially beautiful this year and I managed to take the odd photography here and there to capture it all, even though for much of the month I left my camera rest because I just couldn’t bring myself to pick it up every day. I think the mosaic above illustrates the different extremes on the mood scale that prevailed in April quite well.
Oh my, it’s June already and I’ve just finished with sorting through, post-processing and posting the photos I took in March for the 365 Days challenge. It’s still nice to look back and remember what happened, and I’m quite content with the results.
Again, there were many opportunities to catch some great light — especially the early mornings surprised me with beautiful sunrises in soft yet vibrant colours; and with fog, frost, and silhouettes.
I also spent a lot of time revising and organizing the first draft of the novel that I wrote last year during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo). A month spent writing/working on a novel a lot is always a good month, so I can’t complain in that area.
March also marked the beginning of spring and the New Year’s celebration in many other countries around the world, and I arranged a Nowrooz table for my boyfriend so he wouldn’t feel left out of the traditional celebreations of his family.
And then there were the random things that really make me happy — a blossoming orchid, vegetables in a fruit vendor’s truck, and cute little goldfish.
As this blog and this site are still in the making (and at the very beginning, too), I’ll start out by posting these little selections and reflections of the past months until I’ve found my groove and my way around here.
These are some of my favourites from February (it’s always hard to chose), a month that was so cold but not as dark and gloomy as I was afraid it would be. I’m usually not particularly fond of January and February (winter depression, anyone?), so I was surprised it was that good to us this year. Or maybe it has always been this good, only I wasn’t looking in the right places all those year before? Maybe that is one of the benefits of doing this 365 photo project. It can shift your perspective, keeps you looking out for all the good stuff that is out there for you to find, provided you look closely enough and keep your eyes, your mind and your heart open. (I bet that sounds cheesy, but I don’t care.)
It’s never easy to pick favourites but here they are, at least for January. Lots of good stuff — dinner in Düsseldorf with dear friends, days spent at my partner’s office to write, the moody weather, a new found love for medium format film and my Seagull TLR, writing and creating, walks in the botanical garden, a broken filter that threw me into a panic but luckily could be replaced without problems.