December 2012

My aim was to bring the year long photo a day project to an end in style, and I have to say I didn’t too bad of a job in the last month. It was easy to gain a bit more momentum as it finally started to feel that the end was near. :)

Here are my personal favourites from December 2012 bringing home this huge 366 day mothership of a project:

And the official last and 366th photo of the project:

Funnily enough what the project has taught me is that I actually do photography almost every day anyways and that it has been a great pleasure to have something separate from the work side, a true personal thing to really focus on the past 12 months. It’s also been great to be able to share all this with you after couple years of  pretty quiet time with my personal photography. :)

From the techy side of things I made a decision early on not to worry about the gear I was using for this project, if you remember the motto was quantity over quality. :) As a result the main bulk of the photos have been taken with my iPhone. My favourite apps for the project were SnapSeed, Instagram and Photo365.


2012 – 12 – 52 – 366 – wow

What a year! I cannot believe that this is it; 366 photos later the year has passed, another zodiac has gone around, a New Year starts tomorrow.

This photo project has not been as hard as I imagined it to be, but I’d be lying if I didn’t say that at times it has been irritatingly difficult and frustrating.  The hardest months for me were not until July-August time, which shows in the quality, but at the end of it all I feel surprisingly proud and relived that I made it to the end without missing one day or giving up within the first couple months. :)

All and all the 366 photos are a delightful memory of the year that 2012 has been for me. To celebrate the year gone by and completion of this huge project here are my 12 favourite photos from this year.

January 2012

I took my first favourite photo on the 3rd of January, so very early into the month and the project. There are a few photos from The Old Vic included in my year and rain seems to be a red thread throughout my 2012, but this is one of the prettiest puddle photos I have taken this year.

February 2012

Speaking of rain, I’ve been meaning to go back to retake this photo with more umbrellas, more people, more action, more rain all year since I took this one on 18th February and I still plan to. Maybe next year. :)

March 2013

This is probably one of my most unappreciated photos from this year. I was visiting the Wellcome Foundation on 2nd March for the first time and saw this. I just love that upside down skeleton and how the patterns of the girl’s tights mirror that painting. For me this photo has so many layers and looking at this always makes me happy to have been able to capture the moment.

April 2012

I had just returned home from Finland when I stumbled on these hunks on 24th April. I swear I have never seen any London workmen do any actual work; all my photos are of them having tea, smoking or napping. ;) No exceptions here.

May 2012

May was a good month full of funny and beautiful moments captured, but this one was the most popular with you and it has a special place in my favourites from this year, too. This was the day before my birthday and I was rushing through St Pancras station, desperate for something to catch my eye when all these squares aligned perfectly for me.

June 2012

It is very difficult to choose just one favourite from June, there are so many great photos from the month, but chancing on this moment of la dolce vita in Florence on 11th July has to be the one moment I am the happiest with. It’s the dogs, the casual off-pavement walk of the lady with them and that cigarette the man on the vespa is smoking. Perfect timing and not too shabby for an iPhone. ;)

July 2012

No matter how hard July was it brought me some good moments including one of best photos I took this year.

Sometimes I just see a backdrop on the streets and see in my mind what the perfect composition, juxtaposition, moment or a person would look like with it so I wait. Sometimes what I imagine happens, but most often the scene never unfolds in reality. This time I was lucky to have this happen before my camera just as I had seen it. :)

August 2012

By August I had been in my new job couple months and was getting to know my new surroundings for my new office in Camden Town. It certainly is an interesting, vivid part of London with a very eclectic mix of people. Including those who leave their perfectly good pair of Dr Martens shoes behind after a Wednesday night of merriment. :)

September 2012

This lady still feeds the pigeons in Camden every day. I had seen her do this for a few weeks before I captured her on 14th September. The pigeons know her and fly to her straight away when they see her coming round the corner. It’s quite a feat seeing them fly to her and having captured them mid flight, landing and her with those seeds is a pretty special moment for me from this year.

October 2012

This is one of those corners of London I had seen things unfold in front of in my mind, but it took couple months for me to be at the right place at the right time to capture this on 4th October. Just for the perseverance paying off I had to put this in my collection of favourites, after all it has butterflies in it. :)

November 2012

My whole year was full of photos of hugs and kisses, but this one from 15th November must be my favourite one from the whole year. It’s one of those times something happens without me planning or seeing it coming, it just coincided perfectly with me pressing the shutter. It’s such a sweet moment in the middle of the most normal of weeks, on the regular commute back home on a very mundane Thursday night.

December 2012

When you look back at my whole year in photos there are some regular themes, like public transportation (I had to promise myself at one point not to take all my photos for this project on the Tube!), rain (there was a lot of it this year!) and people.

I somehow felt I had failed if my daily photo didn’t include at least one person. A silly, self imposed standard on some subconscious level stemming from the street photographer in me I am sure. Saying that I am so happy to have concluded the year with a favourite that included all these elements with a reference to a previous colour themed project couple years back in this one moment above.

And so, there we have it; the all of 2012 complete. I’ll do a little round up properly for December soon to tie the loose ends, but if you are interested seeing the whole year unfold before your eyes through mine you can visit my two Flickr accounts created for this project at pebaline 365 and pebaline 366 in the meanwhile.

For the New Year I have no photo projects planned, but whatever 2013 brings with it I look forward to sharing it with you. It might not be from moments captured daily, but certainly I intend to keep the momentum going to the New Year and blog at least monthly here for you. :)

Happy New Year 2013!

November 2012

There goes another month! November is all wrapped up and here is how it all looked like from my point of view.

Looking back at the photo stream, I’ve seen a lot these past four weeks. Little moments in my daily fabric that I had already forgotten. Like this little girl appreciating street art in the making.

There was a lot of love around in the gloomiest of months. It looks like you can take a girl away from wedding photography, but you can’t stop her capturing moments of true emotion. ;)

One of the highlights of the month was seeing Bon Iver at Wembley. I still get chills thinking how awesome this gig was… You had to be there, but here’s a little memento worth watching (video not by me).

November brought with it the colder, shorter days and a seasonal cold. I’m glad to have had it now, last year I was ill on New Year’s Eve and that was no fun. :(

I made feeble attempts to start Christmas shopping, but felt a bit like this lady.

And I also found a possible photo project for 2013! Well, if I can do 366 photos in a a year working with animals should be a doddle, right? ;)

Now bring it on December and Christmas! Let’s make the last month of this year long project really special! <3

September 2012

The ghosts of summer were banished in September as the autumn crept up on us in London slowly…

My month was busy, exhausting at times, and at the moment I am quite happy to be in the middle of crisp, sunny days. Autumn is after all my favourite season. :)

There are some lovely shots in the middle of the lazy ones I have taken in the past four weeks; my favourite ones decorate this tired summary.

Honestly, there are days I am delighted to have caught some amazing moments, like this.

And then there are days where I cannot wait for New Year’s Eve to bring this mammoth of a project to an end…

Until then, there is no stopping now! I hope you’re still enjoying the details in my daily fabric.

August 2012

What did August look like? A little bit like this:

There was a lot of fuss over the Olympics, obviously. :)

I met greedy peacocks and saw too many balloons for any adult.

I commuted a lot, and tried not to take that many photos on the Tube. Having wifi on some stations doesn’t help though! :D

Looking at this view was…. interesting.

I was finding my bearings in my new job, and I went to a lot of leaving dos. It was great to finally visit BrewDog (above), the IPAs are lovely!

And I seem to have creeped out a lot of people with this photo… I called it the Ghosts of London. ;)

Happy September!

P.s. Don’t forget that I moved over to this Flickr account in August!


July 2012

Another month down, another update for you! I will also try to avoid to mention words “time” and “flies” this time. ;)

There was a LOT of rain in July. A lot of us Londoners just gave up with the “summer”.

I escaped the bad weather and visited family and friend in Finland in the middle of the month. It finally started to feel like summer in my bones, and I had such a lovely time.

Before I knew it was time to return to the Big Smoke, but whilst I was away someone finally turned the tap off and we actually had a heatwave! :)

My new job rocks! And those who follow me everywhere else on the Internet know by now that I’ve moved up in the world, well to Camden Town to be exact. Prepare yourselves for a lot of Camden photos in the future.

Oh, and then there’s the little thing going on in London that started at the end of July… the Olympics! I have to say up until the Opening Ceremony I was a total cynic and was ready with the rest of them to put the whole thing down, but Danny Boyle did a pretty good job, everyone got really excited AND I got to go this weekend myself .

London is pretty exciting place to live in general, but at the moment we’re experiencing something I can’t really put into words quite yet. Maybe the words will come later. In everyday life terms things are going smoothly. My commute is barely effected by the Games and Londoners are out of their usual grump with the tourists which is unheard of. :)

Also, whilst I remember, if you want to continue to follow the progress on Flickr I’ve now moved to pebaline366 account due to photo limits on non-pro accounts. Hope to see you there and yes, I think I will post something special from the Olympics just for you later this week! ;)

June 2012

What did the rest of the June look like then after all the travels? Well, a little bit like this…

I have to admit that towards the end of June I hit my first wall with this 365 project. Call it visual fatigue or post-holidays blues, but I was finding it really hard to motivate myself to take even one photo a day. To tackle times like these I decided in the beginning to use themes and motifs to keep me going, and as a result I have a little go-to list of these to help me go forward.

One theme from this motivator list was to record my weekly commute, which you know is a little safety net I like to fall onto (just look at the number of photos from the Underground from the past six months if you want proof!). This time it was a little different as I travelled to grab a letter of the week from different Northern Line stations. Instead of one great picture per day I think it turned out as a lovely collection of my Monday to Friday instead to end the month, don’t you think?