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My Defective Ear

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A 366-day pursuit in personal portraiture, presented by nige.

The challenge: to photograph, and post to this moblog, a portrait shot of myself, every single day, over the next year. Apparently, it's much harder than it sounds...

Perhaps more challenging: that i don't enjoy seeing my phizog in a photo at the best of times, and knowing that i'm probably going to annoy the hell out of the moblog community in doing this. So, sincere apologies in advance for this undertaking, but i just can't help myself. I promise to try and be creative, so you won't have to look at my mug every day.

Anyone interested in joining me? I think i'm probably going to need the company...

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A portrait of me, every day for an entire year. Ewwww. I can't think of anything worse, which is exactly why i'm doing it.

OK, so it's the photography projet du-jour, and lots of people have started these, but i'm not sure how many get to the finish. I want to see if i've got what it takes.
18th Jun 2007, 20:31   | tags:,,,


harimanjaro says:

Good luck Nige, I just hope your evil twin doesn't thwart your plans.

18th Jun 2007, 20:35

Helen says:

It's a good idea. But would probably drive me to distraction. Does it always have to be your face?

18th Jun 2007, 20:40

Helen says:

(I do have a defective ear, but not visibly.)

18th Jun 2007, 20:41

Sprocket says:

Wow, quite a project. I found it tough enough blogging 19 days straight prior to my B'day. Best of Luck.

Can I pre-order a copy of the book that comes out of this now?

18th Jun 2007, 20:47

nige says:

i can see this is going to be more than i bargained for already! i promise it won't be my face every single day, honestly, it won't. i don't think i could stand that, let alone anyone else. they will be portraits, though.

'sheep, no way this blog is going private until i'm forced to, man!

hari - thanks, and Mandy - i sure hope you do. i could use the company.

sprocket! a book! oh no!

now back to helens gammy ear...

18th Jun 2007, 20:50

Helen says:

Can you guess which one?

18th Jun 2007, 20:53

nige says:

actually, i know it's your right side.

18th Jun 2007, 20:55

Helen says:

How do you know that?

Anyway, you're wrong.

: )

Good luck getting in a picture every day. And why the blog name?

18th Jun 2007, 20:56

nige says:

damn. i lost on a 50/50...

the title? it's a play on "defective year", occasionally used to describe a leap year.

and thanks.

aaaand, whats wrong with your ear anyway?

18th Jun 2007, 21:00

Helen says:

And are they all going to be cameraphone pictures? Straight off the phone? No messing? Are there rules? Can I think of any more questions? would people join you? With their own blogs? Are we taking bets on how long he can last until he misses a day (probably when he next goes to Liverpool)?

18th Jun 2007, 21:01

nige says:

18th Jun 2007, 21:02

nige says:

answers to all those questions will be given after you tell us about your dodgy lughole. pray tell.

18th Jun 2007, 21:05

Helen says:

My ear. It doesn't work. The nerves are dead, or were never there. They've never really explained it to me, but a doctor at university used a long word for it once... neurogenesis. Nervogenesis. I expect bad genes or some sort of trauma come into it.

I think it all works fine, just there are no nerves to tell me what I'm hearing. I think.

18th Jun 2007, 21:07

Helen says:

Now you must answer ALL my questions.

Well, nobody will force you.

18th Jun 2007, 21:08

nige says:

Wow, thats horrible. so you can only hear in mono? Thats got to be a downer. Is it congenital?

OK, i will answer all your questions, by shouting in your good ear:

are they all going to be cameraphone pictures?
- This one wasn't, so no.

Straight off the phone?
- Some will be.

No messing?
- What does that mean - Photoshop-type messing? No.

Are there rules?
- Not at the moment, but i have the feeling that you may impose some...

Can I think of any more questions?
You're a smart cookie. I know you can. would people join you?
With their own blogs?
- Hell yeah. No intruding on my blog!

Are we taking bets on how long he can last until he misses a day (probably when he next goes to Liverpool)?
- Touche. I won't be offended if you keep a book, with extremely short odds of my losing another phone ; )

18th Jun 2007, 21:20

Helen says:

Yup, been like this from birth, so I don't know any better/what I'm missing out on. It's alright. My other ear is fine.

And yup again, I meant photoshopping. I suppose there are also the cameraphone effects.

It'll be interesting to see you age/change over the year.

18th Jun 2007, 21:33

Dhamaka NLI & visiting after getting told of this says:

nice short hair there Nige..

*wanders off giggling at Helen's Liverpool comment

18th Jun 2007, 22:19

nige says:

i won't tamper except for contrast, thats for sure.

age? i'll only get younger this year. yes, younger. it's official.

i think you should do one of these. ah, goowan.

18th Jun 2007, 22:20

Dhamaka back for a quickie says:

age / change, develop or mature Helen?
... (wonders if it'll be more like fine wine, Christmas cake or cheese)

18th Jun 2007, 22:21

Spiderbaby says:

no. 1: Serious face(s)

for a serious business! Good luck :)

18th Jun 2007, 22:59

kyoob says:

looking forward to the animated morph of 365 images.

any particular reason to start today nige?

18th Jun 2007, 23:06

nige says:

mandy, me and you both? cool!

dhamaka, less of that gal.

spiderbaby, i was tired. not the best start, admittedly :)

kyoob, no reason dude. just decided, and went for it.

18th Jun 2007, 23:10

Helen says:

Is there a prize?

18th Jun 2007, 23:48

nige says:

a years supply of socks.

19th Jun 2007, 00:01

mr.kyoob says:

you've convinced me to join in, not sure why, i kind of what to see a difference in a years time.

19th Jun 2007, 00:24

swamprose says:

nice idea, but that is not you up there. You don't look like that. Who is doing these photos? someone you got in especially? I've had enough of my face plastered on the blog, so I am going to find something else to take a photo of, something close to my daily life.

can we have a shared blog? just sos we don't have to bore everyone all the time.

19th Jun 2007, 01:52

nige says:

i don't quite understand what you mean, swamprose. i took the pic - i held out the camera and snapped it. i cut my hair short, and shot it at an angle, so maybe thats why it doesnt look like me. i guess i need to improve my skills, and hopefully this will help.

a shared blog for this, you mean? not for me. this one's all mine. i promise not to bore everyone all of time, and by that i mean that my ugly mug won't be on the front page every single day. beyond that, i don't really know how this will pan out.

19th Jun 2007, 08:56

lesshype says:

easy nige, that is quite a mission you have chosen to undertake, an interesting one too. you should tag them all 'nigels defective ear' and you can be the new carol edrich.

*wonders what angle you'll use on day 2*

19th Jun 2007, 10:17

kostika says:

I'm contenplating this now. It certainly could be interesting.

19th Jun 2007, 11:15

mr.kyoob says:

go kos!

it needs a new word, quotidian-blogging?

a quot-blog?

19th Jun 2007, 11:59

seaneeboy says:

Ooooh, lovely. And yes, a morph (or at the very least a big ol animated gif) should be presented in a years time :)

Best of luck

19th Jun 2007, 12:07

this is a cool idea, bu ti couldnt bear taking a photo of me every day and putting it on here.

19th Jun 2007, 12:14

kyoob says:

i've done day 2 now, only 363 more to go! - and yes i figured out that i'l end 2 days short of the day i started due to 2008 being a leap year. sue me heh

19th Jun 2007, 13:42

mr.nige says:

thanks folks.

bmal, thats why you should do it, man. do it! do it!

19th Jun 2007, 15:00

factotum says:

I thought I was going to change the Facebook photo of myself everyday, just taking a photobooth picture on my I mac. That lasted about two days...

19th Jun 2007, 15:17

mr.nige says:

hehe. did you get the high-res i sent of the pic of you on London Bridge? I sent it over the weekend.

19th Jun 2007, 15:32

Kostika says:

Okay boys I'm in. Clicky

19th Jun 2007, 15:33

Dhamaka says:

lesshype... I think she has an e on the end her name - as in Carole...
love the idea of the end-morph too

19th Jun 2007, 18:08

bronxelf says:

Oh this is going to be entertaining...

19th Jun 2007, 18:25

Helen says:

A moment... or a mood. Wonder if the weekends will stand out...

19th Jun 2007, 18:34

Dhamaka, apologies for missing the 'e' :)

20th Jun 2007, 09:15

Dhamaka says:


20th Jun 2007, 20:07

sliceoflife says:

okay, I'll play

4th Jul 2007, 05:09

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4th Jul 2007, 05:50

EverydayGirl says:

that was me!

4th Jul 2007, 07:25

JokerXL says:

How'd I miss this?
No one tells me nuffin.
Right, I'm in.
Bit late, but I'll make up for it.
You're truly as daft as two brushes Nige.

4th Jul 2007, 21:15

JokerXL says:

I just did Mandy, sadly.

4th Jul 2007, 21:56

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