3.1.11

Dusting off the cobwebs

74 / 365 : Autumn Grass
I kinda dropped the ball a bit on my 365 challenge. I was doing so well and then I went on holidays and my good habits came undone.  Actually, that's just what I thought had happened.  When I went back to look at all my photos from Australia I realised that I'd actually done a pretty good job while I was away, the real un-sticking (so to speak) was when I got back to Berlin. Jet-lag, bronchitis, holiday craziness and suddenly December had disappeared and I had taken only 15 photos for the challenge... Oops!

But a new year is a good time to pick myself up, dust off the cobwebs and start again because when I look back through my photos from the last three months I realise that despite sometimes grumbling about the lack of light or lack of inspiration, I like this practice of mine and the challenge of finding a story in the every day.

To motivate me and show you all a bit of what I've been doing, I thought I'd post a few photos from November (yes, we're going way back). Back in November, I decided to join Justine Gordon and her Flickr Group in a black and white challenge.  It was a wonderful exercise in learning about light and shadows and the complexities of processing a black and white so it looks "just right". These five photos are my favourites from the month.  They're not necessarily my 'best' photos, but they're my favourites.  

66/365 : Rain
68/365 : Girl
70/365 : Bike
81/365 : Bellies
This last photo is my absolute, pulling on my heart-strings, favourite. The heads are unceremoniously cropped because noone is really looking the right way and it's all a little out of focus - there also might be a few scrunched up faces or eye's half closed added to the mix. But oh how I love this photo. Four of my closest university friends all due within months of each other, out celebrating at another university friend's wedding. This photo makes me sentimental and nostalgic and ridiculously clucky. I could go on and on (and have, I've just edited it all out so as not to bore you silly), but it just goes to show you that sometimes it's just capturing the moment that matters.

For a look at all my 365 photos, head over to my Flickr Stream.

9 comments:

justine said...

I absolutely love that last shot, it says so much and is really great. All your black and whites are superb, I have just changed the group to partially seen so if you are interested...

urban muser said...

my 365 fell apart last year too...not sure if i am starting one again. i love that last photo!

lisa said...

All of these are so nicely done Clare.
I especially love the last one!

Brandi said...

That last one is a.m.a.z.i.n.g.
I gave up on my 365 day project early in 2010 -- it was so hard carrying my heavy camera around with me, especially since I was also transporting a laptop, school books, gym clothing... This year, I think I'm going to make it a point to do a 52 weekend project. I think I can handle the weekends.

Kristy said...

a finish to 365!

Jamie said...

That first shot - I'm a little bit in love with - it speaks to me, the guy walking towards the light in the rain.

ching said...

the last one is my fave..

Wendy said...

The first photo has always been one of my favorites. So happy to see it again!

Karli said...

WOW...just getting caught up on your blog. Your black and whites are unreal. Absolutely beautiful, and each one tells a story. I love how you make your pictures look like art; like they really are special to you. It really comes across; so enjoyable!