Beginnings (the start of a visual journey in 2010)

Many widely recognized yearly photographic efforts are made by the likes of Jim Brandenburg, among others, but I decided to undertake this series for many reasons. The first spark occurred when I came across a collaborative daily blog turned written documentation, A Year of Mornings, which appealed in a human way. It was a part of the photographers' daily lives, a document of the passage of time, as well as an aesthetic effort.

This project is designed to amass a series of related and unrelated images as they flow and feed off of each other, creating a vision of a whole year of experience.

A larger reason to shoot so much was to force myself to continue to push images. Some days I have projects in mind, other days I'm inspired with a flash of insight, and some days I think, "damn, what am I going to create tonight?" Either way, I've kept going.

When this series began I thought of it as a 365+ project because the goal was to have the equivalent of a year's worth of daily images that would follow and reveal twelve months. But, because I'm also working and a full-time graduate student as well as a human being with other interests, I gave myself the leeway of not photographing every day, so long as the final number of images surpasses 365. When I began posting on a social network site, I started by sharing an average of two photographs a day; by the end of January it looked as though the quantitative goal would be reached halfway through the year. I tend to work in series and like to show context, so a challenge has been paring down daily posts to just one or two images. With this blog I will try to be more particular and share no more than two photos per day.

Thus far, we're 1/12th of the way through and not a day has been missed. More importantly, though, I feel the tendrils of inspiration not previously imagined, and for that reason, this already feels like a success.

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March is drawing to a close, which marks the completion of 1/4 of the year and this project.

Reviewing the images I'm pleased by some and bored by others. Many photographs would not make the cut were it not a daily regimen. But, though I missed one day due to illness and, technically supplanted one day's picture amongst its vacation brethren during the week and a half of Alaska photos, the gears are still rolling.

The images I've been more pleased with have been the light/color compositions, although projects such as the water droplets, reverse lens macro, smoke and TTV photography were also highlights. Where I seem to grow stagnant are with images relating more directly to documenting me or my life, especially the mundane, but perhaps that's personal perception. April will be kicked off with a weekend in Chicago.

Keep on checking in as I keep on keepin' on. Recent layout goodies includes the ability for you, oh honored viewer, to rate posts and vote on imagery types.


As June winds down, 365+ nears its crest. Counting back, however, just over one hundred images remain to be posted.

These past few months I've embraced the loose design of the project and shifted into a relaxed schedule of posts. In favor of sharing greater context and more consistently solid imagery while maintaining an eye on the year as a whole, I may not shoot or post every day, but continue to translate the spirit of the time. Early July marks the beginning of the descent and holds the promise of visual adventure as I head back to Alaska.

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

March 20 ~ equinox (balance)

The absence and presence of light may have equalized today, but, aside from a nice belated family birthday dinner for my dad, I spent most of the light and dark hours going through new assignments (a new class begins Monday, which resulted in a slew of readings assigned via email... yesterday) and updating a few other personal housekeeping items. But, I was longing to:

a) go outside, stretch my legs and enjoy the light


b) watch more of the BBC/A&E P&P movie received in the mail a couple days ago from my sweet friend Leslie. She sent it to replace my misplaced VHS copy of the favorite adaptation of Jane Austen's beloved novel. I watched an hour a few days ago but haven't gotten back to it yet.

Her package also included this adorable finger puppet card. "Silly things do cease to be silly if they are done by sensible people in an impudent way." Indeed.

I considered playing with the flash to record the legs kicking, but this prim, slightly crossed look works nicely.

Gear: Nikon D90, Nikkor AFD 50mm f/1.4, Manfrotto legs/head


  1. Just a note on the card ~ Leslie informed me that the card came from our mutual friend Dan's company, at

    Incidentally, I altered the front of the card by removing the words Jane Austen.

  2. How odd ... I'm in the process of reading Pride & Prejudice. I guess great minds do think alike.