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A 366-day pursuit in personal portraiture, presented by nige.

The challenge: to photograph, and post to this moblog, a portrait shot of myself, every single day, over the next year. Apparently, it's much harder than it sounds...

Perhaps more challenging: that i don't enjoy seeing my phizog in a photo at the best of times, and knowing that i'm probably going to annoy the hell out of the moblog community in doing this. So, sincere apologies in advance for this undertaking, but i just can't help myself. I promise to try and be creative, so you won't have to look at my mug every day.

Anyone interested in joining me? I think i'm probably going to need the company...

Dailyme report card:
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My Left Ear
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Slice of Life
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this morning i walked to the office. no bike. it was time for my feet
to hit the street.

i love walking. much easier for taking pictures at any rate.
25th Jun 2007, 09:23   | tags:,,,,


Kostika says:

Nice shot.

Wish I lived close enough to work to walk in.

25th Jun 2007, 09:27

nige says:

cheers! just short of 7 miles. i was invigorated.

25th Jun 2007, 09:39

Kostika says:

I live an hour's drive from work. So walking is clearly out of the question.

I do walk from the train station to work and back though.

25th Jun 2007, 09:43

mr.nige says:

i remember. i'm lucky to be located not too far from the office.

25th Jun 2007, 09:53

Dhamaka says:

err.. are you feeling well?

25th Jun 2007, 13:44

nige says:

top form. top form, D.

25th Jun 2007, 14:38

minkey says:

You're wearing kind of shorts in your office? cool just wish i could :-)

25th Jun 2007, 22:09

nige says:

not kind-of minkey. they are shorts! i just wore them to walk in ; )

26th Jun 2007, 21:53

OJ says:

Hi Nige,

I walk to and from work 90% of the time. It's often my favourite part of the day. Sadly it's only a touch over a mile or something.

Can I ask why you're doing this - dailyme I mean. I can see that it's a challenge, but apart from that I don't see the attraction. Unless there is some sort of attraction to seeing your face out there in glorious, multiple technicolour most days.

I'm not annoyed by the way (you say you think people might be, on the left), just puzzled.

And is taking the picture yourself one of the rules you've set yourself? If so, I suspect much remote camera control ;)

1st Jul 2007, 13:45

nige says:

Hey OJ,

The idea is one i have seen increasingly littered around the web, and seems to have been covered at least once by all of the photography websites that i subscribe to. I saw the results of a woman, who put her 365 portraits into an online flipbook, with audio, and it really hooked me. It was amazing to see one year of this gals life condensed into the couple of minutes it took for the song to play. That was when i decided i would do this.

That's one reason, and you are quite right about the challenge of taking a self portrait every day being another. By day 10 the novelty had already worn off, and i now find myself thinking of ideas for pictures at spare moments throughout the day, so it is very consuming. But there are many other reasons why i decided to do it, too. Improving my photography (i've read that it does, but i can't quite see how at the moment) is one of them, and the fact that i am really quite bored with moblog at the moment is yet another reason. Like most members, my interest occasionally tails off, and this is a way of staying engaged.

There's absolutely no enjoyment in seeing my face on moblog every day, and that is yet another reason why i chose this project. Anyone who knows me well, knows that i cant stand seeing myself in pictures, and i really don't enjoy having pictures taken of me, as i'm quite self concious. I choose to put up and shut up most of the time, because i don't want to be silly about something which i'm sure most would consider to be minor. I've not always been this way either, but increasingly so in the last couple of years. So, believe it or not, it is tremendously difficult for me to actually take and post pictures of myself, which as far as i'm concerned, is another reason to do it. It's another challenge.

The rules are fairly loose, but yes, it must be me that takes the picture, so the timer is coming in very handy!


1st Jul 2007, 16:57

Like Nige I absolutely hate photo's of me. But I realise that in a very contrite way maybe I need to LOOK at myself, not spiritually, but Physically, somethng I almost never do.

I need to see how others may see me. Because what I see, my perception of me, is most definately not what others see.

so sorry you are getting bored with moblog Nige ;-(

1st Jul 2007, 17:03

OJ says:

Interesting, Nige, thanks.

I think Moblog has loosened up my attitude to photos of myself - although I'm generally only happy if they're ones I'm in control of so you see very few "natural" shots of me.

Sorry to hear you're feeling bored too. FWIW I'm sort of there too and wondering whether I should try to take 20 ace shots, make it 1,000 and call it a day.

I don't have the singlemindedness for a theme though - good luck with the not running out of angles.

I dread to think of you leaving your SLR in the road to get that timer shot of you walking away. Eek. You just never know what could happen.

1st Jul 2007, 19:03

nige says:

i know exactly what you mean about being in control of your own image. it makes perfect sense.

you're really thinking of packing things in when you hit four figures? that will be sad, but i guess everything has its time. i am bored at the moment, sure, but not so much that i would think of calling it a day. it goes through natural ebbs & flows with me, but i still love moblog dearly. i really do.

fortunately, the road i set the camera on is disused, so i had all the time i needed to take this shot. it was my camphone too, not my SLR. not sure i'd leave that on a timer, even on an empty road!

2nd Jul 2007, 19:35

OJ says:

Re: stopping at 1,000. Don't know Nige, probably not. I love it too...I'll probably be reinvigorated after a holiday. I'm definitely thinking of taking the RSS feed out of my Facebook though - somehow the linking of professional and private personas saps the fun.

I'm now wondering whether the K800i has a self-timer. I really must read manuals.;)

A structure can be a good way of challenging yourself. Reminds me in a strange way of the half-marathon goal I had - something to work towards that means you can't miss a session. FWIW I miss that at the moment.

It makes perfect sense as a way of challenging yourself. Good luck with it.

3rd Jul 2007, 14:03

nige says:

cheers OJ.

of course the K800i has a timer! i was an avid user before mine got pinched. now i have a rubbish N73, but one of the saving graces is that it has a timer too.

3rd Jul 2007, 17:02

OJ says:

Ahem. Told you I hadn't read the manual.

3rd Jul 2007, 18:19

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