Daily photo from my balcony in Moscow 2009-2010

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When I came to Moscow with Olivier in September 2009, I decided to start a project.  The idea of the project was to take a photo every single day for a year from the same place – our balcony.  My goal was to show the change of seasons.

If you don’t know how I ended up in Moscow, you can read about it here.

I had already lived in Moscow previously (without Olivier, before we were married) for over a year and remember being really surprised at how separate and distinct the seasons were here.

In Australia I would argue that we have only 2 seasons.  Wet and dry.  Or cold and hot (although not very cold).  It depends in which part of the country you live.  And there are almost no deciduous trees (trees that lose some or all of their leaves for part of the year) in Australia.  The native Australian deciduous trees that they do have usually grow in the tropical north of the country.  You can read some interesting information about it here if you’re interested.

So, in Australia there are no beautiful, colourful autumn leaves falling all around us like in some other countries around the world.  I think you have to live it to appreciate how beautiful it is.

Back to September 2009…

I started my project.

I took 2 photos from the balcony almost every day.  And I tried to take them at the same time every day to have a balanced comparison.

Have you ever tried to take a daily photo of something?  Maybe of yourself?  Of your child?

It’s hard.

You have to really be committed to the task, otherwise you end up with a half finished project.

The days I missed taking a photo were because I was away (in France at New Year for example).  Or  because I slept in (mostly at the weekends and probably caused by too much vodka the night before, if I am to be honest with you).

So, each day, one of the photos was taken of the view looking to the left of the balcony, and for the other photo I was looking down at the ground below.

I ended up with about 300 photos of each view over the course of 11 months (September 2009 – August 2010).  Not a bad result.  Unfortunately we had to move to another flat in August so I didn’t quite finish the 12 month project.  Otherwise I like to think that I would have managed the final month and had a full 12 months of photos.

They’re not very artistic or interesting photos if you look at them individually.  Even I know that.  But when you put them all together they make quite a nice record of that year’s weather.

Like a little flip-book.  Remember those??

Here’s a video of a cute little flip-book.  It’s not my video, and I did email this guy asking for permission to put his video here, but he didn’t reply.  So, Andy, if you want me to remove it, you just have to ask.  Here’s Andy’s website if you’re interested in his flip-book kits.

I love looking at the result of my photos so much that I decided to make 2 little films out of them.  Just for you.

There’s no sound, sorry.  I’m just not that technologically advanced – yet.

And here they are:

Now, that was fun, wasn’t it?

I’m not sure if I’ll ever try again a project like this one.  It’s a big commitment to do it every day for a year.  But maybe I’ll find another photo challenge for myself.  If you have any suggestions let me know in the comments and I’ll see what I can do for you.  Or send me an email, I’d love to hear from you cheryl@borninacar.com

~ Cheryl

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Author: Cheryl

I'm an Australian woman who is now living in a village in rural Bulgaria. I lived for 12 years in Moscow, Russian Federation, working as an English language teacher. My current loves are my husband and my vegetable garden.

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