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Wow! I can’t believe I finished…and even on time! I’d say that I am pretty satisfied with the outcome. I learned so much about people and about insecurities through this process. it has been a great opportunity to get a chance to do this project and this topic.

If you’ve been keeping up with my blog, my final portfolio series is on insecurities. I asked 20 different people what their “biggest insecurity” was and then had them answer three questions:

1. Why are you insecure about it?
2. Does your insecurity affect your daily life?
3. What do you like most about yourself?

These questions helped me to better understand their insecurity and get an insight about them. Some of these images show people who appear to not have the insecurity they claim to have. This can refer back to the past where a particular instance emotionally scarred them and they are now insecure about something that is no longer there. Other images in my series show how insecurities can unify people in a way. Many different people may have the same insecurity even though they are not the same gender, race or body type. Some insecurities people had come across more as fears they have.

I chose to shoot these images in black in white partially to help protect their identity, but to also unify the series as a whole. I allowed each person to be creative when writing on their note card they were photographed with to let their creativity and personality show through in a different way since you can not see their facial expressions.

I realized later after I had shown them in class, I didn’t show the last three images…so obviously they are on here.

Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear comments, positive and negative. I can take constructive criticism.

And p.s. thanks to all who have read and kept up with my blog through this whole class.


Making Progress

Well, we didn’t quite get a chance to take pictures in class today like I had hoped, so I will just make another post with an update about my portfolio. This thing is due Tuesday, just 5 short days away! Luckily I have over half of my portfolio done and have many other volunteers I will be shooting in the next couple of days. I am so thankful to have friends, classmates, and teammates that are willing to help me out when I need it the most. I hope everyone else’s portfolios are going well and here’s to hoping we all get good grades!

Some of the insecurities I have shot so far

Nearing the End

As the end of the semester approaches, I am busy running, working on assignments for other classes, dreaming of Winter break and shooting images for my final portfolio series. As I mentioned earlier, I decided to go with my idea of insecurities. It is an idea that is more meaningful to me than my mid-semester portfolio series on reflections. I am excited to say that people are volunteering to model for me and it’s coming along nicely (I think). I still need lots more volunteers, so let me know if you’d be willing! I am shooting in black and white, which is something new for me. Normally I just convert the images to black and white digitally on my computer. I can’t wait to see everyone’s portfolio series and to get feedback on my own. Not too much longer now!

Meet Bo

Thanksgiving break was eventful for many different reasons. It sure was good to be home, even if it were only for a few days. It’s hard to believe the Fall semester will be over in just three short weeks. Over the break, one of the most exciting things that happened was that Storm and his mom got a new puppy! The puppy was intended to be Storm’s mom’s protector when he moved out, but we pretty much made him ours over the weekend. Bo, as him mom named him, is just 6 weeks old and precious as can be! He is a full-blooded German Shepherd and boy, is he going to be a big dog! After working to potty train him all week, we took Bo to the park for a walk and to explore and he met some new friends, Sarge and Hershey, along the way.

Where No (Wo)Man Has Gone Before…

Today was a fun day in class! Matt and I went on an adventure to the places many others probably (and didn’t) go! I chalk our exploration up to being a runner and getting bored on long runs so we go find new trails to explore. I feel like there is so much to write about today, so if you want the short version without the back story, you might as well stop reading and go look at the images.

First, Matt and I decided to go explore on a trail around the mill. We took some pretty awesome water shots and a lot of nature things. We climbed around on the rocks a lot and found trails that continued around the creek pretty far till we came across a sketchy barbed wire fence and we heard a rooster crowing loudly. We took the rooster as a sign to turn around and not jump the fence to continue exploring. On our way back, we took the road instead of climbing over the wet, slippery rocks on the trail again.

On our walk along the road, we came across abandoned houses. As I have said before, I have a fascination with these abandoned places which will probably get me in trouble some day. (don’t worry, I never explore these places alone) We decided to look around the first building we saw and there wasn’t really much t look at. As we walked around the building, we noticed about the next 3 or 4 houses were abandoned as well….so we explored them. Unfortunately they were locked so we couldn’t explore as much as we wanted. One of the houses has paint cans where it looked like they might have started to restore the house, and just left everything there. There was some furniture left behind as well. Another house was kind of creepy because of all the kids toys left behind such as, army men, crayons, and pencils. It was like a kid had recently been playing there. There was also quite a bit of change left on the ground next to the toys and a fishing lure. There was also a storage building in front of one of the abandoned homes that had a lot of Christmas decorations inside it. Another storage building at one of the homes had a lot of artwork left around. One of the pieces had an e-mail address and I am considering e-mailing the person and showing them the picture of where their artwork ended up. it would be interesting to hear the response.

I really thought about doing my portfolio on abandoned places, but it would be hard to get people to go with me and i’m not sure how it would turn out. I just find these places so fascinating!

I got some interesting pictures, that’s for sure. What a fun little adventure!

Final Portfolio Idea??

Ok, so my mid-semester portfolio was about reflections. That was all fine and dandy, but for my end-0f-semester portfolio, I’d like to do something more meaningful. I was thinking the other day about how many people are insecure about themselves. They can be a confident person, but still have some insecurities. Insecurities can deal with appearance, race, religion, speech, or anything really. I think for my series it would be interesting to take images of 20 different people (we need a total of 20 images for our portfolio) and their insecurities. I was thinking they could write their insecurities on a note card and hold it up, but it would be more artistic than just a person holding a note card. It’s hard to explain, but I can envision it. Just trust me on that. What do you think of the idea?

Also, any volunteers to confess their insecurities to me? : ] It would be much appreciated!

Christmas Already?!

That’s right! It’s almost Christmas! Well, not really. We still have about a month, but in our apartment…it’s starting to look a lot like Christmas! I am loving every minute of it. My roommate Stephanie and I really get into the Christmas spirit. I guess it’s the fact that our parents are real big Christmas decorators. Since we put up some of our Christmas decor this weekend, I thought it would be fun to put up some images of it. Sparkly ornaments on the tree, snow men, ┬áChristmas lights, snow flakes, and don’t forget the mistletoe!