Week 52 “Outtakes”

I liked so many from this shoot that I just have to share them. I still can’t really believe that my 52 week project is over, but luckily with my parents in town to celebrate my birthday and graduation I don’t have much time to think about much else. Next week however, I will most likely have to start something back up, so be on the lookout!

52/52 – Searching.

I cannot believe I am actually done with this project. It has been going on much longer than a year, because I put it on pause for my 365, and that makes it even more unreal that I am finished.

This project probably has meant more to me than my 365 did. Over the last 15 weeks this project has taken on an entirely new purpose for me as well. At the beginning of the project I was just taking self-portraits every week. I admit that for the most part not much thought was put into the shots, and for sure not much meaning was placed behind them. The past 15 weeks however have been drastically different. Every single shot has been extremely personal and meaningful. And almost every image has had lots of thought and planning and purpose behind it.

Because the last 15 weeks have been so powerful for me, it makes me kind of sad that this is over. This project has become a sort of  therapy for me. It has been a way for me to express what is going on, a form of venting. And this method of expression is perfect for me and how I deal with things. I don’t think I will be able to go for very long without starting up another project that incorporates self-portraits. I need them in my life at this point. They have become almost essential. I am already starting to plan out my next project, which as of now will most likely be a 365/52 week hybrid of sorts.

As for the shot at hand, definitely one of the best shoots I have had in a long time. I am giving all credit to my friend Danielle who is finally back in town. We drove around for a bit to find a spot, which is always entertaining with her. And then we walked on these railroad tracks, with houses next to it and me in my prom dress holding an umbrella. Towards the end we had an audience of sorts, and he was kind enough to blast some Soulja Boy for our last few pictures. Needless to say it was quite entertaining. This image and the title sum up every aspect of my life right now. It is quite incredible how perfectly it fits with the end of this project and with my situation at the moment.

And on that note, I will stop rambling, so enjoy my last 52 week shot. And be warned that there are others from this shoot that are sure to come.

259/365 – Vanish high.

Finally something other than things around my house! My friend Mitch saved me from such a photo tonight by inviting me on an adventure to the high bridge just outside of Lexington. And man was it an adventure. I hate heights, I get very freaked out by them. And here we were, walking down an old railroad bridge (that we weren’t sure if it was still in use or safe to walk on), that used to be the highest in the country. I was shaking as we walked. Of course I was distracted by the MILLIONS of spider webs that I had to walk through. I had them all trailing off of me because I couldn’t get them off. It looked like I had streamers.

More to come at some point I am sure.

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21/52 – No need for rescue

I thought and thought and thought about a title, but all I could think of was lame, one word titles which I hated. So, for now, it is untitled.

I took this a bit go, it was for my self-portrait studio shoot. It doesn’t really work for my project any more though. I was still using lighting at this point, there was one Dyna light to the left of the camera, at around a 45 degree angle I believe (I cannot remember exactly).