Okay, here's the deal:
At the beginning of October 2008, I moved from Berkeley, California, to the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago. I know few people in my new city and I work from home. As the days got shorter and my world got colder, I found myself spending more and more time holed up in my home office in front of my computer.
At the beginning of December, it was clear to me that I was heading towards creative malaise (not great for a graphic designer), if not outright depression (not great for anybody). I decided that it was time to take small steps to avoid deeper doldrums.
So then: a project…
1. Get out of the apartment at least once a day.
2. Walk around and take pictures.
3. Post my favorite shot.
4. Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
It’s been my hope that building this discipline into my day will help me handle being home all the time, will allow me to get to know my camera better and hone my photographic skills, and perhaps most importantly, will force me to find beauty in the frigid bleakness of my new wintry home.
I've been posting the photos to a photoblog at fotomattic.com, as well as in Flickr sets for each month titled "Daily Shoot."
About invitations: I love the community aspect of Flickr. I love comments. And since I'm pretty new to photography, I'm eager to learn and grow. But I don't love the garish "Post in my group" invitations. I'll usually be happy to add a photo to your group, as long as: it's relevant to your group, you don't require me to join jour group or vote on anything, and (this is key) your invitation does not include an image. If your request has an image, I will likely delete it.
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- Door County 4,497 photos, 310 members
- Northern Door County Wisconsin / Geo Tag Please 854 photos, 107 members
- Door County Style 1,349 photos, 97 members
- Door County, Wisconsin 4,151 photos, 303 members
- Chicago Cubs 8,262 photos, 908 members
- Street Photography Forum (An Ode to Vivan Maier) 11,333 photos, 305 members
- Adler Planetarium 206 photos, 65 members
- The Field Museum 2,108 photos, 402 members
- Chicago and Northern Illinois Meetup Group 9,495 photos, 224 members
- SFO BART Safety Cones 97 photos, 66 members
- Holgagraphy 164,896 photos, 18,415 members
- HOLGA -B&W- (Black & White 120film shots only) 47,168 photos, 5,152 members
- Holga 252,746 photos, 19,292 members
- Lo-Fi Chicago 1,399 photos, 95 members
- HuffPost Chicago 12,994 photos, 94 members
- Hipstamatic 328,462 photos, 16,508 members
- Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge 3,223 photos, 225 members
- Polarize & LOFI 33,072 photos, 5,490 members
- MUNI & BART 12,414 photos, 946 members
- Berkeley 17,945 photos, 1,041 members
- Grub Street Chicago 1,349 photos, 52 members
- Chicago Cuisine 4,858 photos, 427 members
- Gapers Block Drive Thru - Chicago food & drink 7,012 photos, 302 members
- shake it photo 3,753 photos, 303 members
- be Poladroid ! 79,099 photos, 20,871 members
- Enjoy Illinois 47,894 photos, 821 members
- Central Illinois 14,676 photos, 468 members
- Looking up at the Light 384 photos, 44 members
- Gapers Block: Tailgate - all Chicago sports 1,559 photos, 85 members
- Chicago Bridges 3,167 photos, 611 members
- Gapers Block A/C - Chicago Arts & Culture 4,349 photos, 241 members
- Bicycling Chicago 1,944 photos, 241 members
- Chicago Museums 1,601 photos, 74 members
- Chicago Art Institute 3,015 photos, 350 members
- Around Town - Wheaton, Illinois 1,388 photos, 82 members
- Woodlawn, Chicago 483 photos, 11 members
- Chicago magazine, Photos rock! 59,029 photos, 556 members
- Chicago's Bikes 606 photos, 56 members
- chicago graphics 1,922 photos, 188 members
- Devon Avenue 145 photos, 25 members
- ChiFlickr Chicago Meetup Club 1,606 photos, 1,280 members
- Chicago Reader 219,479 photos, 4,437 members
- Lincoln Park, Chicago 1,062 photos, 72 members
- Lincoln Park Zoo 2,517 photos, 177 members
- Lincoln Park Zoo - Chicago 5,137 photos, 337 members
- Chicago Transit Authority 19,749 photos, 1,720 members
- Transit Chicago 14,591 photos, 622 members
- Found Type 30,432 photos, 3,006 members
- Chicago Urban Still Life 471 photos, 63 members
- Hidden Chicago 11,942 photos, 593 members
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- December 2008
- I am:
- Male and Taken
- Graphic Designer