Friday, April 4, 2014

365 Project from March

I'm getting pretty close to the 100th picture. I will feel accomplished with that number. Small and easy accomplishment, yes, but I'm making myself do this thing every day and keeping up with it makes me feel good about myself. Is that a good enough reason to keep doing this project? Yes. And no one can take that away from me. Woo!

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Doggy pariscope through the moon roof. // Spring blossoms in San Jose.

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The smell of slow cooking meats greets me each morning as I wait at the bust stop. Sometimes I appreciate the smell. Sometimes it makes me feel gross. // I slept there, on that couch, in a sun room. IT WAS MAGICAL! It was like camping in a warm, cozy, bubble.

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I've taken this picture multiple times. I will not stop. // Sunset from my windowsill.

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Finds from an even ocean walk. // Seals aka mermaid dogs in a giant, floating, cuddle pile.

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Crab face. // My foraging buddy found a log with oyster mushrooms.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

365 project from February

I will be taking my 56th photo today. Keeping up with one image a day is becoming more of a habit now. Before, it was a challenge to decide on what to photograph. I was very stuck on only producing what I thought to be "good" images and was trying too hard. Now that things are becoming more routine about 2 months in, I am able to produce a more laid back style of documenting. It's great practice to get out of self-pressure.

Here are some highlights from February:

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This window is my nemesis. I locked myself out of the house again. // The early morning rising shine is making getting up for work a whole lot easier.

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All the baked goods!!!! Handmade dough in Portland // donuts for breakfast in Santa Cruz.

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Being in a long distance relationship is really hard. I find myself giving begrudging looks to my bed and ceiling often. Bed wrinkles for one // stupid happy, magical ceiling.

Full project can be seen on Instagram @letitberaw. 

Monday, February 3, 2014

110 pt 2

I don't remember where I took these images. I also don't remember when, except for the general time of Summer, 2013. But I really, really like them!

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Ok, so I know this last image is of San Francisco. But the other two? Probably Santa Cruz? Maybe? A dream?

The 110 film shines with landscapes and outside images in bright light. I have a few poorly exposed images that I took with a flash that did NOTHING. Also, overcast images did not fair very well, but the darkness and the grain are something I appreciate. Will I use this film again? Probably not. In the end it was too expensive for the outcome, though I did have fun. 

Friday, January 31, 2014

110 Film from Summer of 2012 pt 1

I went through 3 rolls of 110 film rather quickly during the summer of 2012. I photographed with abandon, not expecting the expired film I was using to work, not expecting to find a place to develop it.

The finished rolls sat on a shelf. Every once and a while I would look at them and think about researching places to develop. I would have a circle of thoughts going from, "it will be too expensive, why bother" to "no one will develop it" to "they're probably blank rolls anyways" and then forget about the rolls until this same circle logic returned after I saw the sad little rolls sitting on the shelf again.

Why did this happen? Why did I so thoughtfully procrastinate? I don't know. Maybe I just like the surprise that comes with developing rolls of film after completely forgetting what I shot with them.

So, here I go now in sharing some of the 110 film with you and my attempts at remembering why this picture happened.

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I made a point of taking pictures of lighted signs thinking to myself "this is a photo project I can do!" But, I forgot immediately after taking only 3 pictures of signs. Life long project?

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It only makes sense that I would eventually get around to photographing all that I can within walking distance of my house. This is where I live and the things I see every day that I compulsively photograph. I have multiple pictures of the same images, especially of spaces that are physically the closest to me, like this shelf:

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My intention then with the 110 camera that could possibly be broken with film that had expired was to not think very much about taking different or new images. I took snap shots. This may be the reason why it took me so long to finally develop the film: I see these things every day.

Monday, January 13, 2014

1-12/365

I began the 365 project on January 1st. The goal is to take one picture everyday for 1 year. So far, I've been keeping up! I'm using my phone camera and Instagram because it is a tool that I have constant access to. I can't bring my film or digital camera with me to work and traveling every time I leave the house, but I always have my phone. I'm hoping this will be a good exercise in finding something different to photograph or document each day, but also an exercise in will power.

Because there are so many, I will share the most interesting. If you would like to see the full project, you can on Instragam @letitberaw. 

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King tides in Santa Cruz with the lowest tides of the year; pressed flower in an old English book.

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Waking up in the morning is dark and awful; lovely bouquet of mushrooms from my beau

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Reflections from the water on the bridge; texture of a pressed leaf from Portland

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Early morning sun confounds the light sensor in my phone; low tides and uncovered ocean plants
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