By Lis Bokt
28 Jul 2008
When I started out with this task, the year was young and the idea was daunting. An entire year of self portraits! Every day! How will I manage to survive an entire year?
I actually think a large part of my success so far has been JPG. I receive so much feedback every day from people - some are loyal followers who comment often and some are people I've never heard of before and may only see once. If I go a few days without posting (which, admittedly happens, though I always take the photo each day, I may not post it for a few more) I receive private messages asking if I'm doing okay. It's a strength I've never had behind an artistic project before, and it's definitely fueling the fire.
I've found this project to be amazingly exhaustive. I've had months where I don't do any photography outside of my self portraits. Mostly this is due to life outside the camera - I've been ridiculously busy in most aspects of my day. I tend to take my self portrait right before sleep, and then I collapse into a heap on my bed. But I have to do it. Every day. It's part of my routine now.
I find myself looking at next year and wondering what I'll do. Do I continue? Do I begin a completely new project? I don't know yet, but I don't think I'll be sharing my decision until 1-January-2009. My original decision to do this project for 2008 was officially made on.... 1-January-2008.
It's a lot of work. It's emotionally and creatively exhausting. It's difficult to come up with new ideas, especially when I have weeks where I simply don't have the ability to take photos in different locations - or as I've been doing a lot of painting lately, I've been wearing the same clothes over and over! I try to look at each day completely separate from any other. I think it is working well so far.