Project 365, 2007: February Retrospective

In looking at this month's images, I'm surprised by the diversity of images I see. The symbols (or metaphors) of comfort, they surprise me too. I wasn't consciously thinking about comfort or even the need for comfort, but comfort is something I need and this need is something that I will not forget about February 2007. I took more photos of people than I expected, and the colors red/orange predominate in a good number of the images this month. Above alll, what I see in this retrospective is my desire to focus on one object instead of many at one moment. This reflects my life, I think.

I wonder how much of my waking life seeps into the photos I take. I take pictures of things I find interesting at any given moment, but I wonder if what I'm finding interesting is reflective of how I'm feeling, of what I'm experiencing. I believe there is a strong connection. There must be.

Lastly, this is only the 2nd retrospective of a year-long project, but I'm already becoming attached to the work and attached to each of you (you other Project 365ers). You challenge me to take better photographs, to see the world differently, to see myself differently. I'm appreciating that more and more each day. But what I like most . . . and I don't know that this will change through the year . . . is that I now am allowed to see the world as YOU see the world. Your perspective is often very different than mine, and from your vantage point, from your perspective, I'm learning so very much.

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59/365: Red and Beige Lap Blanket

Red and Beige Lap Blanket, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

Wednesday morning, very early: I'm cold, tired, and using a Lensbaby and available lamplight.

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58/365: Sunset, West Fort Worth

Sunset, West Fort Worth, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

I took this picture this evening as I was leaving the hospital, looking west from downtown. I parked on the top floor of the hospital's parking garage so I could take some unobstructed pictures of the city (a few more shots on Flickr). Just a few seconds after I took this picture, the police arrived and asked me to stop taking photos and to leave the top story of the parking tower. The parking garage is private property, they said, and they can't allow anyone who might be engaged in terrorist activities to take photos from up there. Ok, then. At least I got the shot.

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57/365: Waiting Again

Waiting Again, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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56/365: Fat Tire: Belgium Ale

Fat Tire: Belgium Ale, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

I always called it "flat tire" and wondered by bartenders laughed at me.

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55/365: Baby Girl at Basketball Game

Baby Girl, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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54/365: Wilson's Long-lost Cousin, BB

Wilson's Long-lost Cousin, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

After I visited my mother in the hospital, I went in search of who she was . . . hoping to find a part of myself. I went to her childhood neighborhood and took a lot of photographs of dwellings, or the shells of dwellings, as I don't know exactly where she lived. I also took pictures of found objects, like this long-forgotten basketball. I'm remembering the ring I found a few days ago, the symbol of the found. There were things of value in this space, but one had to search for them because of the neglect and the urban decay. I wondered about the basketball, who owned it and what kinds of dreams this person thought the basketball would bring. I also wondered: how did I get where I am from where she was. For more images, see the pics on Flickr.

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53/365: Remnants in a Fountain

Remnants in a Fountain, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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52/365: Pets at the Window

Pets at the Window, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

How can I not love these creatures? As I left for work this morning, they watched out the living room window.

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51/365: Pixie and Ginger

Pixie and Ginger, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

My wonderful pets are reasons #51 and #52 why I need to contact As much as I love them, I'm tired of sleeping with animals.

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50/365: Lost then Found Ring

Lost then Found Ring, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

This morning I found this man's ring next to the dumpster. Perhaps it was lost. Perhaps it was thrown away. Perhaps it accidentally slipped off a finger. I don't know how it ended up where it was. However, I picked it up and wore it all day and thought about how to return it to its rightful owner. I don't know who owned it, what kind of connection he had with its giver, whether that connection is still intact or severed, whether it brought good memories or sad, whether the ring has any value (monetary or sentimental). But I wore it and thought about connections in my own life, about senimental value, about severed or intact relationships, about the lost then found. I wonder about the lost people of this world . . . lost from family, friends, faith. If nothing else, this ring is a symbol of the found.

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49/365: Star Chairs and Baby Shower Blouses

Star Chairs and Baby Shower Blouses, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

My niece had her baby shower at a bar-b-que restaurant today and there were chairs with the requisite Texas Star cut into them. The chairs weren't all that interesting, but I did enjoy looking at the colors of women's blouses through those stars. Oh, and a shout-out to the really cool teenagers behind the counter who were interested in Project 365: Start your own photoblog and join in the fun!

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48/365: Baseball Player

Baseball Player -- Stealth, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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47/365: As she turns . . .

Candid Portrait (Black and White), originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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46/365: Newly Sharpened

Newly Sharpened, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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45/365: Corona "Extra"

Corona "Extra", originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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44/365 (a): No Profanity

No Profanity, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

How I spent my afternoon, at the impound lot.

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44/365 (b): Downtown Fort Worth

Downtown Fort Worth, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

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43/365: Flaming Fajitas

Flaming Fajitas, originally uploaded by PartsnPieces.

Chicken (left) and Beef (right): Dinner at La Familia with Julie

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42/365: Meet (the) Cody

My six-year old nephew is a mischievous boy.

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41/365: Is It a Fairy Tale?

Futon cover: "Through the [OED Magnifying] Glass"

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40/365: At the End of (My) Rope

Ok, not really, although it's been a difficult week.

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39/365: Stephen King's "It"

As I drove up to the drive-thru to get a Dr. Pepper, I met him. I thought it was funny, but if I had been a young child, I would have been scared. Really, really scared. However, save yourself. Don't embiggen.

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38/365: Hiding Under the Feathers

Protecting oneself is beautiful. Visiting the zoo between hospital visiting hours.
~~taking care of myself 101~~

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37/365: Abe Lincoln

Nothing to do in the hospital cafeteria but take pictures.
I wonder if it's illegal to photograph currency?

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36/365: Time, I Always Want More

But if I had more, I wouldn't rest or do something fun. I'd work.
[embiggen for picture detail]

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35/365 (b): Shower Curtain (meme)

I'm posting a second image today since I took a picture of my shower
curtain today.
As Scrivener said, why wait until August.
Jo(e) and Scrivener
posted their pics, too.
It's the shower curtain meme!

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35/365 (a): Thinking about . . . .

What I do when not complaining about basketball referees:
I think about writing a dissertation.

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34/365: At the Basketball Game

I know there are four of you (three of you on the court), and you view all the basketball action in a way that typical fans can't understand. I'll give you that. And in the spirit of fairness and equanimity, I know that you work hard at making bad calls for both teams. No one would ever say that you favored one team over the other. What I don't understand,though, is why it takes two of you to view the replay. Really. That ball you are checking on here? It really is suppose to bounce that way.

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33/365: Lamp Post on Friday Night

Campus was dark tonight, save lamps like this.

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32/365: Recreation Center (Sofa) Upholstry

From a sofa in the foyer of my office building.

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