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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...

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day 183.

i'm exactly half way through this project. wow. tracking the year with a photo a day has really made me earn the time. an awful lot has happened in the past six months, and it has not gone quick.

some things i am curious about: how are all the other dailyme'rs getting along? are the creative juices still flowing? what keeps everyone still doing it? are you happy with the pictures you are getting, or do you look back and see alot of missed days and last minute shots that don't really say much to you? i have lots of questions.

i wonder what the next six months will hold...
16th Dec 2007, 22:26   | tags:,,,


JokerXL says:

I'm just so glad you started this Nige, my days would be so empty without DailyME.
Every day I get out of bed thinking "what shall I do for DailyMe today".
Or perhaps not.
It's a lot harder than an "outsider" might think. Some days you're rushed off your feet and remember at the last minute to cobble something together, other times your just plain not in the mood.
Mostly it's fun to do though.
My motivation is "I've started so I'll finish" and I'll be right behind you at the finish Nige, a couple of days later.

17th Dec 2007, 09:36

nige says:

i very gently clambered on whilst on the sidestand, 095. you're quite right, it does spring back, but fortunately my model doesn't cut the engine when the stand is lifted.

quite agree with you about the difficulty of it all, joker. sounds easy on the surface, but it really is quite a commitment, isn't it? one of the things i realised recently is that i'm going to just keep on doing this, even when the year has finished and i've stopped posting to the blog. i'm just going to carry it on somewhere else, because i see great value in it. this really has made me take a good look at myself, and enable me to make decisions about certain things in my life.

17th Dec 2007, 10:20

Viv says:

that sounds good Nige - don't see why you should stop sharing it though!

17th Dec 2007, 15:51

nige says:

i'm sure everyone will be totally sick of me by the time a year is up. most have probably reached and breached that point already!

17th Dec 2007, 16:14

Mikey365 says:

It's a pig nige, I would like to thank you for getting me started on a project that I will (am) failing on :D

Like JXL says some days it is easy, just take a shot upload it and job done. Other (most) days I don't have time to think let alone take a shot.

I'll keep trying though and maybe I'll get back up to date before the end of 2007!

17th Dec 2007, 16:24

taniwha says:

You've all done well to keep the Dailyme going. The pictures are so thoughtful and creative. There is no way I could keep it up though like Nige, I might of enjoyed it as a reflective exercise ... or not, come to think of it.

I'm interested Nige, when you say 'this really has made me take a good look at myself, and enable me to make decisions about certain things in my life' what do you mean (you don't have to answer that - you know what I'm like).

Oh and requests? You at your most comfortable. You in your natural element? Post-Christmas Nige? Sleepytime NIge. I could come up with millions.

17th Dec 2007, 16:32

nige says:

it's really trying at times, i know, Mikey. the head & heart are just not into it some days, but i've reached a point where i've gone beyond it being a hassle, and now it's just an essential part of my day. if that means sometimes i have to catch a pic in bed at the end of the day, then so be it, but it doesn't happen that often because i just enjoy challenging myself by taking pictures so much. finding original ways to express my feelings at a particular point in the day is the very reason i do it. eventually, i think i'll get to a point where I can snap a shot at an essential part of the day, but i'm not quite there yet. dailyme zen will be reached.

i'm very concious of previous pictures i have taken, and i'm keen to make sure i don't repeat them . i always knew that i wouldn't be taking the same boring angle of myself all the time, because for me, it would not provide anything interesting to look back on (for me or anyone else). i want to challenge myself with fresh perspectives.

thanks taniwha. i was pleasantly surprised at the amount of mobloggers who started this project, but it is alot of work to keep up with.

as for answering your question about the 'this really has made me take a good look at myself, and enable me to make decisions about certain things in my life' quote, all of that will be revealed over the rest of this dailyme year :). it really has made me look at time in a very different way, and i certainly have a greater appreciation for just how much happens and changes in a short period of time. i'm in a very different place now to that which i was in six months ago.

i'll work on the requests...

17th Dec 2007, 18:09

Kostika says:

Some days I really just feel so tired from work that I don't feel like doing it. But throughout the day it runs through my head and I try to keep thinking of something interesting. Some of my shots aren't very good or iteresting, but I think they all say what I want them to even if I didn't execute HLable shots.

I try to take at least one picture a day anyhow, so this has testing above and beyond my creative juices. Finding shots is easy. Finding shots of yourself isn't so easy. I've never been more than a day or two behind, usualy weekends. But I get caught up on Monday. Often on the weekend I'll take the shot but forget to post it.

I will see this project through to the end. I think I've taken some very good pictures of myself. I personally see a lot of intimacy in my shots, but others may miss that. I don't photogaph myself but rarely and almost never let others take pictures of me. So this has been a trial sometimes.

Likeyou I'm in a different place photography-wise than I was 6 months ago when you started this. I view shots differently. Not in a bad way, but I think in a way that I wasn't sure of before. It's a good piece of exploration I think, even if it is getting more difficult.

17th Dec 2007, 23:59

SLG/ WhoseShoes NLI says:

I have a real love hate relationship with the dailyme thing, just as I do with life! Though not able to post everyday at this time I still take a shot everyday. Posting is the most difficult thing, sometimes. Somebody having the same idea for a shot and posting before you is gutting!

Like Nige ans Kos i t really has transformed the way in which I take photo's particularly of myself. I am slightly more comfortable about me taking pictures of me but even less happy about others taking pics of me as I still feel the need to alter the way the shot looks. I dont like my face anymore than I did before I started.

One of the things that always interests me and reminds me of how we see ourselves so differently fro how others see us, is when I post pics I think are great and no-one comments. Then shots which I think are as good get a highlight (no offence to to the highlight faeries)

I will stick it to the end and may continue, on a less intense basis even after it has finished.

Am I enjoying it ? sort of :-)

18th Dec 2007, 09:11

kyoob says:

Ahh interesting thread nige,

I look back through mine, and yes there are too many last minute to midnight shots, usually the ones where i can't find a short to put back on.

It's as difficult as it was at the start for me, though routine has always been an alien concept. I think it's getting slightly easier to feel the twitch of 'i should take me now for the dailyme' but don't hold me to that.

I'm more comfortable with publishing pictures of myself now as a community of people are used to my ugly mug. A kind of, this is what i look like. No more hiding. Badly put but i hope you get my meaning.

Another six months to go - an exciting prospect. And i still want to meet as many of you as possible at the end.

18th Dec 2007, 16:51

Tori says:

At this particular moment in time I am getting along for shit. During the past few weeks there have only be a couple of photos that pleased me. Only a couple of photos I felt a strong motivation to take. I am often so very tempted to quit. To just allow myself to skip a day, but I know that one skipped day will lead to two and then I will quit. What is the point if I skip.

So far I have only missed one day, according to my own way of counting, which is just to have to done before I go to sleep, even if it ends up being after midnight. Once I forgot about it completely and took and posted a catch up shot the next day. Other than that, although they were not always posted on time, a self portrait has been taken each day. Actually usually there are many taken each day, because it is very rare for me to only take one shot and be done. There have probably been more photos of me taken since this project started than all the rest of my years combined. I hate most photographs of me. Hate them. I hate letting other people take shots of me.

The project has been very difficult, and I walk the line between revealing intimacy and staying private. I am a very private person. I am so private that saying I am a private person, is telling more about me than I feel comfortable sharing. This project is extremely intimate. It is pushing my boundaries as a human being farther than it pushes me as a photographer. Often times what I post may not seem intimate to the casual observer, or even the somewhat attentive observer, but they are. I also hate to say that.

I look back through my photos often though, and they tell me a story. Even the days when I do not say a thing in words about the major thing on my mind that day, the dailyme reminds me. It triggers my memory and I have a disturbing view into my life and myself. I am already an introspective person. I am already a person that drinks heavily from the well of memories. This project gives me a new approach to each of these tendencies and has been far MORE than I imagined going in. I knew it would be difficult, but I didn't know it would be so overwhelmingly exhausting. Too much me. Some days it feels like insight. Many days it feels like picking a scab.

I mainly keep doing it because I am stubborn, and because I haven't allowed myself an out. If I pause, I am pretty sure I exit.

The public aspect of the project adds a twist as well. Watching what others comment on, and what gets few to no comments, and how often that differs from my own sense of what is interesting or good. I am also intrigued by both how many, and how few people are interested in it. More precisely, how many "strangers" are interested and how few "friends" are.

I was actually about to write a post about several of these concepts and other things about the dailyme project on my blog, so answering your questions have given me a jump on that.

18th Dec 2007, 19:08

Essitam says:

I didn't start a dailyme because I knew I'd never finish it - i suck LOL

18th Dec 2007, 23:09

nige says:

wow, alot of demotivated dailyme'rs by the sounds of it. Tori, your explanation is a trip - i'm glad i don't find it that hard to do. very interested in reading your blog about that.

19th Dec 2007, 10:47

Kostika says:

I'm not de-motivated, just feeling the challenge. I'm enjoying this. I'm jsut finding it not so easy some days.

Not all of us can be as perky as you Nige :o)

19th Dec 2007, 11:26

nige says:

perky, moi? hell no! not always. at 6am every morning, i'm a monster...

19th Dec 2007, 12:09

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