Photo Roundup :: An Exercise in Vanity

by Samantha ~ February 4th, 2013. Filed under: photo roundup, vanity.

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Before anything else :: I finally have created a Facebook page for FiveTwentyThree! If you like the site, please show a little love!

On January 1, I started a 365 Photo A Day project. Every day, I’ve taken a self-portrait, and I’m hoping to make it all the way through the year. I made a poor effort at one a few years ago, and made it a few weeks before losing interest. Shooting an image on the 5D, importing it, Photoshopping, and then uploading somewhere was kinda pain to do every day, and more than half of them wound up being poor quality shots from my desktop’s camera. Now that the iPhone has a million different apps and photo effects, it’s much more accessible than it used to be. I have no excuse now to skip a day, so I might actually make it all the way until December 31!

You can follow the photos daily on Instagram ( @samsmith ) or on Flickr!

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Truthfully, I feel very self-conscious about doing this. I had debated on keeping all of the images private, or just sending them directly to a set on Flickr and never posting about it anywhere. I was never shy when I worked with Suicide Girls, but for whatever reason, candid and personal shots have always made me cringe a little.

Does a blog’s popularity comes from posting a ton of self-portraits and outfit photos, since it seems many do just that, with little to no other content? Or is it just a way for the audience to connect with the blogger herself? I’ve been mulling that over quite a bit lately, and am curious to hear your thoughts on it, should you have an opinion on it.

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I’ve been sticking to my Tarot studies! Each day, I draw a card and study its meaning. It’s been interesting to see how many of them repeat until I apply what they are trying to tell me to my life.

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Not every photo is the best of the bunch.

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All photos were shot on an iPhone 5, using filters from the apps Instagram, PictureShow, Picfx, Afterglow, and Flickr!

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7 Responses to Photo Roundup :: An Exercise in Vanity

  1. Gala

    Such a babe. I can’t stomach taking daily self portraits anymore! Maybe the older you get, the more awkward it feels?

  2. Private _Grave

    People aren’t searching just for self-shots they’re searching for a person on the end of the screen… something distant and desirable yet mysterious.

  3. Zalea

    oddly enough, i ordered a tripod a few days ago to do a 365 project in hopes of reaching the point where i don’t get anxiety knots in my stomach when a camera is pointed in my direction. taking your own picture is an awkward act but i think you look great and i very much like your david tennant shirt!

  4. ~Tony

    Wild looking cat!
    ~kp

  5. sajb

    great pics, best after jump:)

  6. Lisa

    “Does a blog’s popularity comes from posting a ton of self-portraits and outfit photos, since it seems many do just that, with little to no other content? Or is it just a way for the audience to connect with the blogger herself?”

    I think about this one often! I think that it’s a way for the audience to connect with the blogger and is a way to get some kind of personal perspective of sorts, especially from miles away. Not stalking, mind you, but maybe relating somehow.

    So after reading this post last night, I went to sleep and dreamt about Paris!! I wish I could say that it was cool but it was sadly just me taking goofy pictures with the iPhone (and using the wrong filters) of the Eiffel Tower. In hindsight, I think that I was trying to somehow mimic your Paris in April board on Pinterest. I do remember in the dream that people were looking at me with disdain and that I didn’t blame them. Thanks for mentioning Afterglow, I really like it a lot.

  7. Samantha

    Everything you all are saying is so fascinating to me! I’m so curious about 523’s audience, and what everyone’s opinions on this site & other blogs’ content, and I love hearing your feedback.

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