It's August 31st, the last day of this eight month series of daily self-portraits, December 2008-August 2009. I missed three or four days, some of them recently. That's the test, will I remember that I'm in the middle of this project.
When I first started in December of 1972, I had the same goal -- to figure out if I could remember that I existed. My blank days are considerably more frequent in that series of black and white photographs. I was a different person then, of course. Changes were brought about by time, aging, therapy. And there have been profound changed in the technology.
I never imagined using a small, digital camera that takes images in color. I don't even like color images, but it seems that they are part of these times. And I made use of the Lumix wide angle, the ease of carrying it continually.
I took no nudes this time. I'm not sure why, since I've done others in these last years. This camera made hand-held or put-it-on-the-table images so much easier.
Anyway, it's over. This series.
Will I wait another five years?
I like the combination of the first set and this one, though the few people I've shown them to don't particularly like the combination. It seems too jarring, I've been told, no continuity. That's just what I like. No continuity.