Slice of Life (mine) DONE!

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My Big Fat Ego Moblog

The good, the bad and the ugly, but not in equal portions.

Roll call:
AK365 - dailymes with a twist
My Defective Ear - Done!
365 Degrees of Kyoob
See Me
EverydayGirl - mostly stopped
My Left Ear
Whose Shoes ?
Joker365x - Done!
All the dailymes can be found here.

My regular, boring, non 365 project moblog can be found here.

My regular moblog highlights can be found here and my slice-lights can be found here.

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Three hundred and sixty six self portraits have now been posted to the internet, of me, by me.

That means a hell of a lot more have been taken.

I think on a few days, when I felt particularly bad, I took only one shot, just to get it done, but most of the time it took A LOT of shots to get one I was ready to post.

There have been a lot of self portraits taken this year. More than I have taken in my entire life before. Actually there might well have been more photos taken of me during the past 366 days than there have of me before that, period. I hate having a camera pointed at me.

Every single shot is significant to me. Each one tells me something about that day. Each one is a reminder.

I started it during the summer. I have a problem with summer.

NY Times article
LA Times article

It is severe, and it is very disruptive to my life. It makes it difficult for me to accomplish things and being productive is vital to my sense of well being. I decided to jump on the bandwagon when I noticed what Nige had started, because I thought that it would be one, small, not too time consuming thing, that I could DO everyday. That I could do during the days I didn't feel like I could do anything, at least I could check one thing off of my to do list.

I was certainly already aware of 365 projects (leave it to Nige to do it in a leap year so that we had to do an extra) but I knew that if I was doing it on flickr I would feel pressured (by myself, not others) to make it about the photographs. To make the shots with the DSLR. To take the time to edit them and get the colors right. I knew I would never have the time to do that on a daily basis for a year. I
might be able to take a shot a day*, maybe, but definitely not a self-portrait. Self portraits are the most difficult kind of photos for me to take. I was aware of 365 self portrait projects, and enjoyed viewing the work of others, but I had never considered doing one myself.

Then the dailyme parade started to appear on moblog and it seemed doable. I knew it would be difficult, but I had no idea how difficult it would be. It was so difficult. Really, on some days it was a major pain in the ass. It was rewarding though. I'm glad I did it. I feel like I've gotten to know myself better through it - as a face, as a body, as parts that make a whole, as a photographer and as a person.

I've been surprised by the number of people who fairly regularly dropped in to see my dailymes. I was more surprised by the people from my "real life" who could totally not be bothered.

So, I guess this is over and out. It has been quite a year.

*Actually, I completed a 365 project earlier this year, but none of it is public right now and this is actually the first time I've even mentioned it publicly, and it was not self portraits. It was kind of awesome and maybe I'll say more about it sometime.


Helen says:


A stunning final shot.

3rd Jul 2008, 23:40

nigξ says:

wow. massive congratulations. i didn't know that people could be affected by SAD during the summer, so i can't imagine how difficult it must have been to do (this project) these last few months. as if life doesn't get in the way enough anyway...

that was a long year. we bloody did it.

how did you project this on the wall? nice pic. bet that took ages...

3rd Jul 2008, 23:44

sliceoflife says:

Thanks Helen and Hotdog :)

nige - I have a projector, but it projects high on the wall, so I needed to get a ladder, and use a tripod and configure the tripod really tall. Then up and down the ladder to check things. I am lucky I didn't break my neck.

I did a mosaic of my favorite dailymes to project, which took a long time. I do want to do a mosaic off all my photos, like you did, to print. Not today, though. Today I need a break.

3rd Jul 2008, 23:49

nigξ says:

i'd love to see a b-roll of how you shot this. i can just see you going up and down the ladder. haha.

3rd Jul 2008, 23:52

Tori says:

I was SO sleepy when I was doing it too. Everything was taking forever because my brain was in total slow motion.

3rd Jul 2008, 23:56

Spiderbaby says:

Wow. That's fantastic. Well done indeed :)

4th Jul 2008, 00:28

bronxelf says:

Congratulations, honey.

4th Jul 2008, 03:34

Tori says:

Thank you :)

It feels good.

4th Jul 2008, 03:49

Jane Doe says:

Congratulations, especially for sticking with it through adversity. Great montage to finish with, too

4th Jul 2008, 07:46

FilbertFox says:

fantastic. well done. And i had never heard of summer SAD either

4th Jul 2008, 07:57

kyoob says:

total uber congratulations, through it all you've arrived here. Well done!


4th Jul 2008, 08:56

Kostika says:

Well done. Great final shot.

4th Jul 2008, 09:17

540air says:

Congratulations, great way to finish :)

4th Jul 2008, 10:05

Dhamaka says:

what a fantastic way to finish. Through LJ I was aware of a little of what you go through with regards to summer (sorry, since Argentina and being ill I simply can't afford the time to go there now) and you have my admiration for how you handle it. You also have my admiration for the way you kept to your own agenda while doing it..

Whatever your other project was I'm sure it is truly awesome and hope to someday see it/find out more

4th Jul 2008, 10:42

paintist says:

I have popped in to watch you over the year ( I hope it wasn't too spooky when I didn't comment? )
.well done and thanks for the links on summer depression....whichever time of the year it happens it stinks ....

4th Jul 2008, 14:01

JokerXL says:

Well done Tori, bloody good job!
Love this final post, XL-ent montage.
I've thoroughly enjoyed following your year, I know how hard it's been, SAD or no SAD.
Big congrats for sticking with it.

4th Jul 2008, 16:03

Dusty says:

Nice finish, Tori. I've enjoyed all your pictures, and understand how hard it was for you. I'm proud of you for sticking it out!

4th Jul 2008, 16:13

cassiusdrow says:

Great job. I've enjoyed all the wonderful pictures and I am sad that it is done.

4th Jul 2008, 16:43

MaggieD says:

Mega Congratulations, have been following your blog on and off over the year, I am really impressed with your level of dedication and creativity, will raise a glass in celebration this evening :)

4th Jul 2008, 20:35

MaggieD says:

Oh yes, and this last pic is just brilliant :)

4th Jul 2008, 20:36

Tori says:

Thank you so much everyone. Really.

5th Jul 2008, 05:56

DeanoBlogo says:

Well Done and Congratulations.

9th Jul 2008, 13:35

billion says:

an extraordinarily sexy last picture. well done you.

17th Jul 2008, 13:50

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