25 @ 25: Neon Volunteering

This past weekend, I volunteered at the Massachusetts Poetry Festival in Salem, MA.  I had a great time meeting new people and attending different events.  Salem is a pretty neat town and I got to walk around for a little while.  I even found a cool bead store!  I’m going to write a fuller blog post on my time at the festival soon, but for now here is a picture of the shirt I wore all day Saturday (you definitely couldn’t miss any of the volunteers with an orange like this!)

Want to read the post that started the 25 @ 25 project?  See the first post (and me in a yellow dress equally as bright as this shirt) here!

25 @ 25 – Simple Storyline

I’ve seen photo essays and photo series telling a story, so I thought I’d give it a whirl. Pretty simply progression (thought I’d start small).

25 @ 25 Photo Challenge: Kung Fu Fighting

I took up kickboxing earlier in the year.  Over Memorial Day weekend, I  set my camera on a tripod and practiced some kicks and punches.  During this shoot, I not only realized that I sweat at the drop of a hat and make silly faces when I kickbox, but also that I can kick pretty niftily while in mid-air:

Missed the first 25 @ 25 post?  Check it out here.

25 @ 25: A Photo Challenge

I recently read an article about self-portrait photography.  I’ve always shied away from self-portraits because I like to focus on other subjects when I’m creating the shots.  But Larry Lourcey, the author of the article, talked about how his creativity was sharpened by self-portraiture.  He made a challenge for himself: since he had just turned 40, he would take a picture of himself each week for 40 weeks. This project challenged Lourcey to turn himself and his interests into a series of captivating images.  The results are incredible!  You can check out his 40@Forty Gallery here.

I’ve recently turned 25, so I thought this challenge would be a pretty cool one to try (turning a quarter of a century old should be commemorated somehow, right?).  So, for the next 25 weeks I’ll be posting a self-portrait.  I’m hoping this discipline of regularly taking pictures will challenge me to get really inventive and sharpen my photography skills.

I’m definitely open to suggestions, so if you have an idea for a setting/theme/etc. feel free to leave a comment or shoot me an e-mail 🙂  In the meantime, here’s the first image to kick off the series: