I’m happy to report that Project 31 is finally complete! I wish it only took me 31 days to complete but it took me about 50 days. This is the first photo project I’ve completed so it’s better late than never. I’ve tried Project 365 in 2008 and 2009 and failed miserably. I think the furthest I got my first year was in the early 100s. In 2009, I attempted Project 50 but I only got through 25 days. Can you tell I have commitment issues when it comes to “artistic” projects? I would like to try Project 365 again but only when I’m done with school and living on my own.
I could have completed this project in 31 days but I didn’t like forcing it. Some days my life isn’t glamorous; I know it’s hard to believe! There were some days I didn’t leave the house and I didn’t want to put up a crappy picture just to have one to put up. I did that a couple days early on and decided I’d rather take my time…even if it takes two months!
There were days when it felt like pulling teeth getting my camera out to take a picture. The picture of my niece and the beer sampler shot were one of those days. I’m so glad I did “tough” it out because they’re both my favorite photos from the project.
My friend Kathy has been trying to talk me into doing a Project 52. Part of me thinks, it’s only a photo a week for a year but part of me doesn’t want to do it. It all stems back to the commitment issues I mentioned above. For now I’m going to enjoy this accomplishment of finally completing a photo project. …and hey! I have a new picture of myself out of this project!
Click the slideshow below to view more photos from Project 31! I hope you enjoy looking at them as much as I enjoyed taking them — at least most of them!
P.S. The site had a makeover! Let me know what you think!
I always pass Bernheim Forest on my way to Louisville, but in the twenty-four years I’ve been living here, I’ve never stopped. I didn’t have class today because of Election Day, so my flickr friend JJ and I headed up there. After getting there and walking on one of the trails I was kicking myself for not visiting Bernheim sooner. It’s so pretty and peaceful to be surrounded by the woods. I live on a 185-acre farm and I am surrounded by woods but they’re not as extravagant. If we have any more warm days and I’m off I’m definitely going back before we head into Winter.
After going on a short trail and then across the Canopy Bridge we headed back to JJ’s car to find another spot to take pictures at. When he put his key in the ignition his key would not turn. He wrestled with it for about 30 minutes, I even tried and no luck. He eventually called a tow truck and I had to find someone to take me back to my car, my car was about 15 minutes away. I’m usually not in these situations so after calling my brother and finding he was unavailable I didn’t know who else to call. I could’ve called my parents but they would freak out if they drove on the expressway. My friends were all working and by the time they got off of work the park would be closed. I finally decided to call my boss and he picked me up at about 4:30-4:45. After I got back to my car I called JJ to see if he was on his way home. He was still waiting, it turned out that the tow truck went to the wrong address, and it was going to be another thirty minutes before he showed up. Needless to say, today was not his day. :(
Despite the inconvenience of JJ’s car being temperamental I had a good day. Today was the perfect fall day, high of 75, with the sun out showing the beautiful fall leaves. I truly love this time of year! The past few years in Kentucky we haven’t had a very long fall, it usually went from really hot to really cold over a few days. I’m happy when days like these come along and I can actually do something with them. You can view the rest of my photos here.
Yesterday I spent the afternoon with a couple of friends (Tim, Courtney, and Christina) snapping pictures around downtown Louisville. It was refreshing to be around other inspiring people and an inspiring city because I haven’t been picking up my camera very frequently. I should go out more often and try to find things to take pictures of, but honestly that requires too much effort on my part. ;-P
We ended up on top of the building where Christina works and got a nice view of downtown; at least one you don’t get to see very often. I don’t get into downtown very much simply because I’m not as familiar but what a beautiful downtown area we have…at least the good areas of downtown. None of us girls got very close to the edge but Tim was practically on the edge snapping pictures at people walking by. He is much braver than I am.
I’d really like to go on a road trip soon and spend the day taking pictures at a nearby city. In a few weeks my brother is coming home to visit and we might end up in Nashville for a day so that might remedy the road trip itch that I have. I’d really love to go back to Chicago. I keep telling myself that it’s only 5 hours away and it would only be for two days. I might do it this fall if I can get someone to do it with me. Any volunteers?