Last month I introduced my Project 52 / Self-Portrait challenge. It’s the project where I take a self portrait (or selfie) every day. For a year. This month, I’m back at it with updated pages and a a twist on the theme.
First, it’s amazing that I’ve done this project EVERY day this year. It’s March and I’m still going strong. And I still like it. And I look forward to it. And I’m in love with this project!
It’s really pushing me to work with themes and within constraints. I definitely think about it, creatively, more in terms of two-page displays than I do with my other Project Life work.
And there are several pictures here that I absolutely LOVE. And they’re pictures of me. And I would never have them if it weren’t for this project. I don’t take pictures of myself – not nearly to the volume that I do of the boys, of Chris, of my friends. And I need to. Because I’m the lead character in my own story. And I tell a lot of stories. And I’m always a part of that story, but I’m never the story.
Get where I’m going with this?
You’re not going to take your favorite picture of yourself every time you hit the shutter. And if you never do it, or you wait for perfect, you may never get there. But with practice you can find your style. And with practice, you can learn to edit to your taste. And with practice, you can make a lazy no-makeup day the cover of your story. And that’s awesome.
The twist on the theme is in the stories I tell. January was all about just getting started and establishing routines. February was “if I were to hashtag this”. March is about capturing my story from the day. It’s fun. And it’s inspiring me to think differently each month.