This year has been a full one. There has been a lot of great moments and some not so great ones. There has been a lot of change. I fell crazy deep in love with a wonderful person. I finished my freshman year of college and moved into my sophomore year. I had a ton of new experiences like going to Gary for the first time, riding a Ferris Wheel, getting fired from a job, getting in a car accident, getting pulled over for the first time, running into a Sheriff because I was trespassing (he was very nice), getting my first tattoo, smoking for the first time, changing my major and my first car died in the parking lot of a gas station. I did a lot of exploring, driving, thinking and saw a lot of new places. I made my first road trip and I saw the Atlantic Ocean for the first time. I got over some really rough thoughts and decided that living was better than dying. I got better at taking photos and also decided that photography was not what I wanted to do for a living. I met new people, including Austrian royalty, and made some new friends. I switched jobs a few times and learned a lot about work and how it plays into life. My mom moved and we said goodbye to a house that had been home for nearly seven years. I read a lot and wrote a lot. I wrote some good stuff and some not so good stuff. I got some good grades and some bad ones. I got into arguments and got a lot better at saying sorry and making up. I learned a lot about myself and how I work. I learned how to express myself, how to deal with some of my issues, how to apologize, how to stand up for myself, and how to listen. Like I said it has been a year of change, growth and new experiences. I sit here and look forward to another year of new experiences, new places, and new people. I see a year of challenges, new memories to be made and new things to discover not only about the world but about myself. This challenge has been a good one. It has definitely been a challenge. I have loved it and hated it. Now it’s finished and I’m glad I did it and finished it. So here’s to a great year filled with great times and great challenges.
Another assignment, more portraits. I get the importance of portraits, but man, I’m getting tired of doing them. It was especially hard this time, because I really didn’t have anyone to shoot, so I had to do some quick portraits of Hannah before class. I ended up getting this one, which isn’t my best and it’s not great, but it was the best of the bunch.
I spent the majority of my day laying around reading a book called The October Country, by Ray Bradbury. It’s a collection of his short stories. I really enjoy reading his work and this one has not disappointed. The stories I’ve read so far have had an element of horror in them, though it’s very subtle. I really enjoy his style of horror. It basically is him taking a look at what’s inside of us all. He looks at the monsters inside people and exposes them in his stories. I think that is what’s so great about his writing. He made people look at themselves. So I decided to turn the camera on myself and take this self-portrait. I think it’s kind of eerie and I thought it summed up the stories that I had read.