Last Sunday, I started a new project. You might have come across it already – it’s called ‘365 Project’ and it’s about taking a photo every single day for a year. You can do the project about whatever you like; I chose to take self-portraits.
I’ve been uploading the images daily on Facebook, Instagram and Flickr and it’s become some kind of visual diary. Feel free to follow me there, I’d appreciate your support :) I’m planning to post my photos and text here every Sunday as a weekly summary. Hope you enjoy it :)
One year ago, I had my first portrait shoot. It was just for fun, I had no intentions of becoming a portrait photographer.
I asked an old friend from Singapore whether she’d model for me, warning her that I had no experience and that she’d have to help me out.
The days before the shoot, I spent hours in Singapore’s National Library. A pile of books about portrait photography was on my desk. I tried to remember as much as I could about posing and took breaks savoring the beautiful view of Singapore’s coast from the eleventh floor.
Fast forward one year and I’ve already had some paid shoots as a portrait photographer. This journey has taken me to places I never imagined and I’m incredibly grateful that photography has found me.
Now I’m on the other side of the world, in Uruguay, and I decided to start a 365 project on this special day. I know it’s going to be really challenging, but I’m determined to pull it through.
Can’t wait to see where it will lead me.
Yesterday I went to Montevideo’s most famous market with my love and bought some flowers for my photography – you can expect more flowery photos in the next few days :)
I love to explore how much you can create with just natural light and a simple white wall as a backdrop. There are so many possibilities!
Actually I’d love to create some composite images these days. However, my six years old laptop has been VERY slow lately, making editing a real pain. So I guess more complex photos have to wait till I’ve replaced my loyal companion when I’m back in Switzerland.
Big news – coincidentally I found a relatively cheap room in a dorm so I don’t have to commute 4hrs every day. I can move in before my classes start (in less than three weeks)!
So happy about the fortunate coincidence. I didn’t expect to find anything while I’m in Uruguay (so I wasn’t really looking) and thought I wouldn’t move until the end of the year.
Exactly five years ago, crammed in a little school observatory in Uruguay, I set my eyes on his beautiful face for the first time. I still remember it clearly. It was quite dark, but he left me mesmerized.
If love at first sight exists, it happened to me back then. Even though I hardly saw him in the following months and it was mid-November when we first spoke, he never really left my mind (16 years old me crushing hard).
Fast forward two and a half years, the impossible happened and we finally found each other, even with the ocean between us.
Less than two weeks left before I have to leave him again and it’s already breaking my heart.
Click here to read about our beginnings.
(This is my first “double exposure”.)
On some days all I wanna do is hide and wait till the day is over. My laptop doesn’t work properly, I have technical problems with my blog, suddenly I look hideous or fat on 90% of my photos.. you get the idea.
Luckily the day ended on a positive note. I went shopping with my boyfriend (poor him) to buy some clothes for my photography. Then we shared a pizza while watching Uruguay vs Argentina, had some ice cream and now we’re going to watch an episode of Homeland (do you know this series?) before going to bed. I’m so grateful for those moments together <3
Not even a week into this 365 photo project and I realise I can’t continue like that, so today I decided to let go.
I’m a control freak when it comes to portraits. Whether it’s taking a ton of photos till I get the perfect shot or editing a photo for hours – colours, skin, hair, body parts.. I try to make it look as perfect as possible without overdoing it.
So here’s my first rather lightly edited photo. And from tomorrow on, I’ll spend less time hunting for the perfect photo and start embracing the imperfect ones as well.
I have to keep in mind that this is not about creating perfect photos that receive many likes every day, but about challenging myself and do something consequently for a year.
This weekend I was on a little trip with my love and his parents. The destination was a small seaside resort an hour’s ride from Montevideo. I loved it. After staying in the big capital for two months, it was great to be in a small place full of trees for a change.
We stayed in a cozy house with a wonderful garden. A paradise for a photographer. Unfortunately we arrived pretty late, so I decided to shoot my first night photo with a lantern :) not my usual style, but I promised myself to experiment more. Who can spot the remote? ;)