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?

 

 

365: April Favourites

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1. Welcome surprise, 2. Birthday Flowers, 3. … with flowers in her hair, 4. Cotton Candy, 5. Crazy Hair, 6. New life, 7. Between darkness and light, 8. Peel, 9. Light in the Dark

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 photograph here and there to capture it all, even though for much of the month I let 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.

365: March Favourites

March Mosaic

1. rise and shine, 2. yo ho, a writer’s life for me!, 3. Precious, 4. the goldfish gang, 5. And the sky was all violet, 6. Veggie Friends, 7. Celebrating Nowrooz, 8. Yellow, 9. Morning Glory

Oh my, it’s June already and I’ve just finished 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 celebrations 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.

365: February Favourites

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1. 40/365, 2. 50/365, 3. Blue Hour,
4. filter problem solved!, 5. 42/365, 6. 52/365,
7. 46/365, 8. ☕ = ♥, 9. add cheesy title

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 choose), 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.)

365: January Favourites

January Mosaic

1. Hot Pot, 2. Paper Boats, 3. Sunday Morning,
4. Symmetry, 5. Hello, 2017!, 6. Writing,
7. 😦, 8. the things we left behind, 9. Creative Overkill

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.