The 3-Month Mark
It’s been a while since I’ve checked in and shared about my current creative undertaking. As I’ve just hit the 3-month mark of 365 Impossible Self-Portraits, I thought it would be a good time to share an update. When I last wrote about the project, I was only 2 weeks in and I was psyching myself out. Although I have my days when I am still in my head and jacked up about the project, I’m continuing to shoot and moving forward each day.
Even at this 3-month mark, I can already see the ways in which I am growing and developing as a photographer. As I go about my daily life, attending to work, relationships, and other tasks, I find myself in a state of perpetual thought about self-portraits. As I drive or walk anywhere, I notice I am scanning my environment, seeking inspiration and searching for new ideas for a photograph. I’m learning to carry a notebook with me to jot down ideas and locations so they don’t become fleeting notions. I’m stepping out of my comfort zone and trying new things that I thought I would never dare to do.
Most importantly, I’m awakening to the personal growth I’m experiencing. As I’m journaling about the process of engaging in this incredible journey of taking 365 self-portraits using instant film, I’m seeing the self-discovery that’s emerging as a result of this creative project. Although I started this work 3 months ago simply as a photography project and next step in my artistic path, it’s become so much more than that. This 365 has become a metaphor for my life — our lives — unveiling lessons at every turn.
I’m so very grateful I took on this incredible challenge and I’m excited to see how the next 9 months unfold. I’m planning to continue noticing, journaling, and being open to all that this project has to teach me, to teach us. And I’m trusting that the Universe will assist me in sharing it all with you. xoxo
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