Thursday, January 8, 2015

Project 52 - Illness - Week 1

I've been tinkering with the idea of completing a photography project where I take one picture a week - a project 52. Off and on, over the last 2 - 3 years, I tried a photo a day project but it mostly focused on taking pictures with my phone. It was fun and challenged me to look at the world in a different way, but it wasn't really challenging me to learn how to use my big camera. Plus, it felt like such a commitment and when I abandoned it I felt like I removed an unnecessary chore. Given that, I'm a little hesitant to follow a project 52. I was going to follow along with My Four Hens Photography, and still may here and there, but I don't want to feel tied to a theme. Who knows if I will follow through on this, and hopefully if I don't, I don't beat myself up about it.

In fact, all week I have been thinking about how I need to take a picture that represents "fresh" for the first week of the year (per the My Four Hens prompt), but since I was still sick all week I just couldn't muster the energy to come up with something. I did finally pull out the camera, though... to photograph something that speaks to what this week has been like for me. Because of my cough I had been sleeping in the basement and had all my essentials surrounding me (I'm now back in my bed). Water, lip balm, tissues, phone, iPad, sleep mask, humidifier, TV remote control... Also, massage chair and heat pad behind the couch have come in handy.

It's certainly not the most stunning photo, but it sure does represent my life recently.

So there we have it - week one. I'm not even sure if I will post all the pictures on the blog, but I will do my best to at least challenge myself to take the pictures. Really the point of it all is to capture my life and to challenge myself with photography. And to have fun with it.

Update on the health: As of last Monday, my doctor said we should give it another week and if I'm not better next week I should go in. I am definitely on the mend (sinus stuff is mostly gone, and cough has improved), but am still having some breathing issues and tightness in my chest. My doctor wants to run a Pulmonary Function Test when I am healthy as it may determine how I am treated for upper respiratory issues in the future. Looking forward to healthier days!


  1. I'm challenging myself to a photography project this year, too. You're one of the people who've inspired me to take better photos! Sorry to hear you've been feeling under the weather. Hope you're on the up-swing!

    1. Yay, I'm glad that you are doing this too! I can't wait to see your pictures this year.


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