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Friday, February 24, 2012

{in the picture} ~ February

In The Picture

I  must be honest...I almost quit. I decided this just wasn't for me!!  I'm shy, I'm not experienced enough with the camera to get the great images, I'm not feeling creative with this...so I almost quit. There is one thing about me, if I start something I try my best to finish it!  SO, I managed to take my first shot this month and then another and then another. I said I wanted to take 52 images of myself this year. What in the world was I thinking!!  Twelve would have been enough!!  I have survived another month and after reading Christy's blog today where we link our photos, I feel a little better. She says the first year she did this, it took her about five months to feel comfortable. I'll keep plugging along and see what happens.

Anyway, our prompt this month, which we can use or ignore, is having words in the the picture or added to the picture.

This first shot was taken at a local library that has some really good art exhibits that I love to go to. When someone saw this photo, they said I must have been brave. No, not brave at all!! The exhibit is held in a room off from the main flow of the library and I was the only one in there. I sat my camera on a bench and ran back and forth!!  I have to find time to get me one of those remote thingies!!! Now, I wonder if anyone was watching me on a hidden camera! You know there had to be one in there!!  I didn't add any words, I really forgot that part!  But, I was in the library and there are books full of words! Does that count? I also over processed it too much trying to get a little different look and my sweater looks kind of a weird color!! The artwork I'm looking at is a charcoal drawing with a cut red paper overlay by Tammy Harrington. Pretty intriguing and lots of intricut cutting!

Not very imaginative here. But, it snow and I love snow!!  I set my camera under the porch and took a few pictures. I was very disappointed though, it snowed really heavy for a grand total of about 30 minutes, then it sleeted, and then it rained and the snow melted! Bummer!! I was looking forward to some great snow pictures!!

It keep raining!!  This has been rainiest  winter I remember! This is where I stood on a wet soggy day!  Our land is so muddy I have to wear my rubber boots every time I go outside!!

I love music! I've played since I was child, many, many years ago!  I remember the piano lessons and the mean old teacher that slapped my hands when I didn't hold them correctly!! Truly she did, just ask my sister!!  Oh, but I'm glad my Mom kept insisting we practice and keep on taking lessons. Thankfully, we only had the mean teacher for a short while!!  I played the piano at church for many years and now I play for my enjoyment!  Playing the piano and music does sooth my soul!!

It really wasn't so bad now that I look back at this month's pictures! I even had two pictures that show my face! Albeit once is a side view and one is far away!!  :) 

14 comments:

  1. It is hard but you did really well, I like your snowy shot & words. I'm glad you stuck with it- just do it one month at a time & perhaps it wo't feel so overwhelming!

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  2. You did really well, love the snowy one, great quote. I´ve been taking selfportraits systematically for almost a year now, I feel very happy with some of them, but this is the first time I´m doing selfies visible to everyone. It takes time to feel comfortable but then it starts to be rewarding

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  3. Thank you for that first paragraph today! I needed to read that, and it gave me the incentive to move and take more self portraits. I'm not fond of doing this...but you have inspired me.

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  4. I am so proud of you. You do it and yes you did. I like the picture of you in the snow. And I do remember the piano lessons. Keep the pictures coming.

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  5. Good for you! This self-portrait exercise takes a bit of getting used to, doesn't it! Looks like you're doing extremely well!

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  6. I'm so glad you didn't quit. It is hard though, isn't it? I love all your shots. I think piano and the art gallery are my favourites, but you did a great job with all of them. Look forward to see how next month goes too. Have a lovely weekend. :)

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  7. These are beautiful pictures! I'm so glad you didn't quit (although I TOTALLY understand that feeling!!) I absolutely love the picture of you in the art gallery! And I've wanted to learn piano for years. Never have though. I guess it's never too late! Maybe someday

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  8. Keep going kid, it's hard but I should imagine worth it. There speaks a person who cringes every time I see a photo of myself!! Lovely photos, I like both of the pics of you. Suzy x

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  9. Like I told Deb - keep going! I am inspired by your work and your learning and this journey of self-expression.

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  10. Ohh yes, I can understand the feeling you will stop, but you are so brave to get futher with the selfportrets, love them, like this time the one with the boots the most and the quote on the snow picture.

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  11. cathy, i am glad you decided to stick it out. try not to get too caught up in the number 52, just do what you can each week or each month and your pattern will start to evolve.

    you've got some really great shots here for someone who wasn't sure she was going to continue :) and you better believe that's brave what you did in the library, whether people were around at that moment or not, someone could have come in at any time. seriously, that was so cool and bold of you!!

    thanks so much for linking up at {in the picture} this month!

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  12. so glad you're sticking with it! i really like your second and fourth shots so much! just like i said to deb, you get it! so keep it up!

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  13. You are doing great, Cathy! I'm finding it hard too, but I think it will get easier. I love your snow portrait and the boots. Don't quit now!

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  14. Cathy, I hear ya! I decided to participate in this to give myself a little push. I picked the number 52 just like you! I have all these ideas for some great selfies but right now they are too far out of my comfort zone! I am working on getting the courage to do them, I think they will be amazing when I do! Keep going! I'm right here with you! I know it will get easier as I go! I just need to go!

    xo

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