But anyway, my point is that when people ask for advice on how to take better pictures and stuff, included in the advice is usually to start with taking pictures of the people and places around you-- stuff that you know and see daily.
So since I want to start taking more pictures of the average things in my life and try to make them interesting. Because the problem with my photography last year was that I found my environment so boring that I would really only take pictures on special occasions or on vacation, which meant only a few weeks' worth of visual memories in a whole year.
And thus, my day-to-day documentation starts with my loyal companion, Blackie.
There's lots of big crumbly hills that I can climb and get nice views of the neighborhood, and also pretend that I'm in a music video for 400 Lux by Lorde.
But anyway, there are two main projects I want to start on, both combining photography and writing. For the first, I just want to do a simple portrait project-- take portraits of some of the people who made high school memorable, write a small caption. It's more for me than anyone else.
The second is more elaborate, and will probably combine more mediums, too. I want to center it all around one question: Why do you do it if you know it's going to hurt? It can apply to anything: alcoholism, drug addiction, falling in love, taking risks, something as simple as snapping a rubber band against your wrist or as complicated as endangering those you love. I want to ask people for their own opinions and descriptions, and then illustrate them with paintings, photographs, collages, etc. I already got a few beautiful answers from the folks at tumblr, and I'd love to extend it and see where it goes.
*Also, in case anyone is wondering, all editing is done with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4!