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On Project 365 and Being a Special Kind of Vain

I know I’ve already mentioned it here a couple of times that I’m doing Project 365 over at my Flickr account. I started January 1st and damnit, I vow to complete the entire year. I’ve also promised myself to into putting more effort into my pictures (my first attempt at Project 365, I just shot whatever object that would sort of define my day. Like what I had for lunch or that cigarette I smoked at 1030 in the morning, while waiting for web design class to resume). I hadn’t originally planned on turning it into a year of self-portraits, but just after a week or so, I found that most inanimate objects make boring 365 subjects. So yes, you could say I’m a special kind of vain and I just might love myself a little bit much.

I’ve been at it faithfully for 32 days and here are some things I’ve learned:

1. Upside down is NOT my best angle.

2. My camera does not do well in low light. Neither does it do well in any other setting other than natural daylight.

3. Photoshop is not a dirty word.

4. Leg shots are my comfort zone.

5. If I truly want to maximize my creativity and execute all these ideas I have, I would need more space and a better camera. 99% (okay, I just threw that number in there) of my pictures are taken from home, particularly our second floor balcony which isn’t very spacious. It’s basically me against a white wall and our ugly linoleum tiles (I’d love to have some area rugs for props). Hopefully, I’ll have a new camera in my possession soon (like, late this month or early March) and I won’t be too embarrassed to take my self-portraiting (or camwhoring) to the “streets”. Or at least to the grassy fields of UP Diliman because I am one big walking cliche like that.

And now, five of my favorite self-portraits from January 2009 :)

Helga Weber

Helga Weber


Helga Weber

Helga Weber


Helga Weber

You could also say I like textures a bit too much.

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  • Reply crisel February 1, 2009 at 3:29 pm

    I love your shots and ideas! (and your Photoshop skills!=p) Ooh, new cam and outdoor shots! Can’t wait to see those!

  • Reply Abbie February 1, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    Hey, Helga!

    I love your shots. I also love the way you use textures on your portraits.

    Keep it up!

  • Reply kristine a.k.a helgastalker February 2, 2009 at 6:39 am

    Your flickr has a separate bookmark on my laptop, aside from ditz-revolution and manilabarbie (and selloutgirl.LJ). And your waist shots are very nice, too. I want your legs for Christmas.

  • Reply Desiree February 2, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    Yeah, probably. It’s pretty terrible :(

    Your pictures are gorgeous!

  • Reply Michelle February 3, 2009 at 3:55 am

    How do you do that?!? That shadow thing on the corner of your shots?? Was that photoshopped or a feature of your camera?? You needa teach meee! lol

    And thanks for the birthday greet!! =]

  • Reply ray Sison February 3, 2009 at 4:25 am

    that last picture is dope ^_^

  • Reply Gel February 3, 2009 at 10:43 am

    Your shots are lovely and it’s nice that you put A LOT of effort in each photo. I couldn’t do that at home. My family’s gonna be freaked out with whatever poses they’d see me doing if ever I put extra extra effort in my pictures just like what you’re doing. Haha!

  • Reply Jen February 3, 2009 at 2:32 pm

    You have such creative shots! I always try to think of creative ones, but..I fail.

    And BTW, where does all your fried chicken and alcohol go?

  • Reply Ritsa February 3, 2009 at 10:41 pm

    Lovin the <3 photo.
    It looks like something I would use on my desktop.

  • Reply Angel February 4, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I had no idea you had a blog! I had been watching you on Flickr for quite some time now. Your photos are very inspiring and beautiful, especially your self-portraits. Keep up the good work!

  • Reply Abby February 4, 2009 at 8:29 am

    how would i know if my pic made it to Flickr explore?

  • Reply angela February 4, 2009 at 10:26 am

    nice pics…i think the 365 idea is awesome and your ideas are very creative and inspiring…i just wish i were a fan of self portraits lol

  • Reply tiff February 5, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I love the pictures you’ve been taking.

    Love the last picture, way to tease your man ay?

  • Reply Alan Po January 1, 2010 at 1:20 am

    Ey Helga…I don’t know if you can remember me but we use to hang out with Rom. I just want to give you a compliment this new year….Damn! your hotter than ever!!!:) Happy New Year!:D

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