For the past year and a half, one of my best documenting projects has been my #kdeskshot hashtag photo project on Instagram. I’ve been documenting my workspace on a (mostly) daily basis with a simple overhead shot of my desk and whatever I’m working on at the moment.
I’m really into overhead photography right now. I really like pretty paper and craft supplies. I love the natural light that comes through my window. I spend a lot of my time at my desk working with these supplies. They eventually become awesome scrapbook pages, or other creative projects, but rarely do I ever get to document the process. I spend so much time working on the process of creating these projects that it’s a part of my life that deserves to be documented.
Each day (or close enough) I take an overhead shot of my desk. Back when I started this project last year, I was still living in New Jersey and my desk was a coffee table in our living room. Now I’m fortunate enough to have an amazing standing desk in front of a big window with lots of natural light. I’ve taken the last nine months to really hone my photography skills a little bit each day with this exercise.
Everyday I have different stuff on my desk. Because it’s the most well lit place in my studio, it’s where I take all my packages and letters to be opened. I’ll usually snap a desk shot if I get a package of new goodies or if I’m in the middle of a cool project. It’s a pretty meta project — I am after all documenting myself documenting myself — I’m aware. But that’s my style, and I’m feeling like its time to embrace that side of me a bit more.
Because the framing is the same each day, the subtle differences in each picture provide little details about what’s going on in my life right now. There might be a new Studio Calico box, a letter from a friend, or a mini-album in progress. There might be ticket stubs or other recent memorabilia. There might be any number of weird things that have made their way onto my desk.