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Finally back to 365 like normal! Its been a long journey, but I have a computer of my own and I'm eager to get back to my daily posts. I may supplement with a few 2019 photos with interesting stories as I have time, but I've made peace with my empty months.

For any of my old friends that have missed it, the explanation for my absence is here:
https://365project.org/claycameras/365/2019-09-17

It just seems easier to get it out there than have to explain over and over :)

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My name is Carissa and I live in Idaho USA. I fell in love with photography in late 2007 and it's been a part of me ever since. I'm an artist at heart and enjoy sculpting, photography, writing, and drawing. My photography subjects are often dolls, toys, or plants from my own collections but I also enjoy nature and animals. All of my photos are taken with a simple outdated point and shoot, a Canon PowerShot ELPH 300 HS I got for Christmas in 2011. For 2020, everything so far is pretty much SOOC with no edits or crops.

My project is equal parts photography, journal, and blog. 365 has rekindled my love of writing and that comes out in a lot of ways! Sometimes I'll talk about my day while other times I'll introduce you to a new doll, toy, plant, or another interesting thing. I might even talk about things from my past or write a story one day. Other times I just don't feel like it and settle for a boring sentence. I never know how it's going to go until I start typing!

2020 is going to be the year of finding myself again and working through the trauma of the last decade. It's going to take a very long time to work through it all, years and years I'm sure, but it has to start somewhere and that's what my focus is on. There are going to be a lot of hard posts in my project this year reflecting on the abuse I experienced and how it changed me. There will also be a lot of pictures of plants and guinea pigs and tales of travels and fun, but I think that this year my use of 365 as an almost public diary will dominate.

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I tend to be very shy about commenting but I seem to fav up a storm every time I log in. When I do comment its usually about my biggest weakness: colors. Normally I don't thank people for following, but know that I do appreciate it! I love when people are interested in my work, but I'm still shy :P

As a note, all of my favs are most definitely genuine! I might fav because a photo has enchanting focus or lighting or color. Sometimes I fav because of a cute animal or cute kid (or cool bug). Often I fav because of a beautiful subject or location. Other times I fav because of a touching, interesting, or otherwise nice story. Sometimes I don't even know why I fav! I just liked the photo. When other people might leave a comment like "great shot", I fav instead.

I'll be honest, I'm terrible at thanking people for comments. Just know that I do read and appreciate every single comment, probably multiple times :)

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Photos that made the Popular page can be seen here:
https://alexisbirkill.com/365project/popularpage/getuserdetails.php?username=claycameras

Since I find it interesting to keep track of, here's my Trending-only photos:
http://365project.org/tags/claycamerastrend

As I'm forgetful, you can find my theme or challenge winning photos here:
http://365project.org/tags/claycameraschallenge

And last but certainly not least, my curated photos:
http://365project.org/tags/claycamerascurated