366: February 2020

February 2020

1. 32/366, 2. 33/366, 3. 34/366, 4. 35/366, 5. 36/366, 6. 37/366, 7. 38/366, 8. 39/366, 9. 40/366, 10. 41/366, 11. 42/366, 12. 43/366, 13. 44/366, 14. 45/366, 15. 46/366, 16. 47/366, 17. 48/366, 18. 49/366, 19. 50/366, 20. 51/366, 21. 52/366, 22. 53/366, 23. 54/366, 24. 55/366, 25. 56/366, 26. 57/366, 27. 58/366, 28. 59/366, 29. 60/366

What February was like:

February is always a lot harder than January. February feels like the honeymoon phase of January is over and reality sets in. It was more challenging and more often than not, I just didn’t feel like taking a photo at all. I even forgot to take one on two days and had to make up with a visual placeholder for them. I fell behind on posting my pictures. I didn’t put in much effort on some days. But! But I kept going even when I wanted to quit and I’m so glad I did go on because when I look at the mosaic at the end of a month, I re-live those moments and remember. So it’s all been worth it.

Here are my favourites of February:

February 2020

How was your February?

366: January 2020

Monthly Mosaic for January 2020

What January was like:

This year’s 366 project was off to a good start. Only once I almost forgot to take a picture. Most of the photos were taken with my DSLR and only a handful were taken with my mobile phone. I photographed more people (mostly me and my son, admittedly; but you gotta start somewhere, right?) than during my last 365 project in 2017. On many days, I had several ideas floating in my mind so that I could plan ahead and had to make a choice instead of shooting something random at the very last minute (although there was a fair deal of those days, too).

Some of my favourites from January:

Favourites from January 2020

What I want to try in February:

  • take pictures earlier in the day to a) avoid the yellow tint of artificial light, and b) avoid shooting something random at the very last minute
  • put more effort into conceptual work / self-portraiture
  • give portrait photography a shot.

What about you?
Did you participate in the 366 challenge or a similar project? How did it go for you?

 

 

Happy 2020!

2020!

It’s a new year, it’s a new decade, it’s a fresh start for this blog and my website. I haven’t posted in ages for various reasons. For one I wasn’t sure in which direction I wanted to go with this site; and then last year I became a mom which resulted in a slight change of focus in my life.

In 2020, I want to refocus on my creative outlets (writing and photography). I’m participating in the photo a day-challenge, or 366 project, taking at least one picture every day and posting it on my Flickr account. And while I’m at it, I also record one second each day in order to create a montage of tiny moments at the end of the year.

Like I already did in 2017 with my first (and failed) attempt at a photo a day, I’m going to post my favourite nine pictures of the months here. I’m determined to complete these two projects this time, whatever curveballs life may throw my way. It’s so important to keep going anyway. As for the one second video sequences, I think I will keep them to myself for the time being and get into video editing first before I share anything. There is so much to learn.

Another “project” on this year’s list is also a re-design of this website. I’m not happy with how it looks right now, and changes are long overdue.

That’s it for me at the moment. What are your plans for 2020?

Film Friday #3

Last spring I got an Instax Mini 8 and have been shooting pack after pack in colour and black and white. That calls for an instant film edition of Film Friday, I think. Here are some of my favourites so far, all of which have been taken directly at or close to the lake near my home.

Have a good weekend!

Is it fall yet?

September is this short window of time when it’s not summer anymore but fall hasn’t fully arrived either. It’s usually a month that makes for amazing light, especially in the early mornings. This series of photos was taken last September on the roof terrace of our building on the morning after a party — just as the sun emerged from behind the mountains in the distance to bathe everything in its soft glow.
Good Morning, Bochum!

Golden Morning

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The Day After

Morning Glow

Canon AE-1 Program
Kodak Gold 200

Film Friday #1

I decided to start posting film photos on Fridays in the hopes of sharing my film 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.

Reading Howards End
A dark and rainy December morning, drinking Earl Grey tea and reading Howards End by E.M. Forster.

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A warm autumn afternoon spent walking and finding little treasures.

Good Times
Having a really good time with friends at the lake one hot summer day.

Desk
My desk, prepared for studying for my final exams back in 2015.

Awake & Dreaming
The best thing about my apartment is the view outside my window, especially on early winter mornings.

July’s Photo Highlights

July had some personal photography-related highlights in store:

1M!

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 your thing (and never stop!).