Here we are in the final days of January, and I just now settled on what my 2011 personal photo project will be.
As a little background: I did a self-portrait 365 back in 2008. This involved a self-portrait a day for an entire year. I had a blast with that project, met so many fun people, learned a ton about myself, and freed myself creatively to try new and different things photographically. But let’s face it… A self-portrait a day for an entire year is a lot of work and can be draining at times. I took 2009 off but missed my 365 so tried again in 2010. Sadly, I only made it to Day 192 with that second try. Life just got too busy and my 365 was feeling like more of a chore than a creative outlet.
But I still missed having a personal photo project for the second half of last year. I knew I was not going to be able to commit to a daily project this year, so I started thinking about other things I could do. I decided to commit to taking a monthly family portrait. There are four people on my family, twelve months in a year, hence the name “4 For 12.” I haven’t really set up rules for this. Doing the 365 has made me feel like there needs to be rules. For the 365, all images had to be self-portraits. That meant I needed to use a remote or a timer for everything. But for the 4 For 12, do I have to shoot all 12 of these myself or if I set up the shot can I have someone else press the shutter for me? I haven’t decided. But it’s my personal project so I guess I can make up the rules as I go along. LOL!
So here it is. The first image in the 4 For 12 series. Taken just in the nick of time, as January has only 1 day left.
Shot with a timer, kids standing on a knocked-over tree, leaning back on MacGyver.