Fifty two weeks ago, I committed to a project that I wasn’t sure I could finish. A friend of mine, Kim Whitten, coordinated a self-portrait photography group with only one goal: take a self portrait once a week for 52 weeks. There weren’t any rules, just the promise to take a photo of yourself once a week. Easier said than done. Turning the lens on yourself is an incredible challenge. I jumped in to learn more about the camera, as a big part of my job is to take photos of special events and people on campus. I’ve always enjoyed photography, but wanted to take it to the next level and learn more about editing, too.
All of us have hang-ups about how we look in photos, and when you are also worried about lighting, focus, framing, posing, editing and posting the photos for the world to see every week, it can be overwhelming. But, I did it. I finished. I especially had fun documenting the places I traveled during the project’s timeline: Philadelphia, New Orleans, San Francisco, Maine, Dallas, Memphis, Washington, and more than once, the Mississippi Delta. The project was an incredible learning experience and one that wouldn’t have been the same, had our subject been something other than ourselves. Thank you, Kim Whitten, for organizing our effort this year. My husband and friends probably saw more pictures of me than they cared to this last 52 weeks, but I appreciate their support and thank them for being nice about it. They also helped scout out locations and haul equipment through this fun project, and most importantly, made me smile! Thanks!