Nikkie Krasselt is a Wisconsin-based photographer who enjoys trying new techniques and playing with settings on her camera to achieve unique results. I admire the way Nikkie uses her phone also to document her everyday life — her Instagram feed is full of lots of landscapes (her sunsets!) and dog photos!! 🙂
Once again, I’m going to let Nikkie tell you about her projects in her own words:
“In 2015 I was living in Colorado Springs and because the mountains are so darn gorgeous I was constantly snapping photos. The problem I noticed was that I never shared those photos. One day I saw an ad for a daily 365 tear-away calendar from Social Print Studio and was in complete awe with it. I had never completed a 30-day photography challenge let alone a 365 so it was a scary commitment but I decided that my photography was worth putting out there and ordering a calendar at the end of it to document my year was the icing on the cake. January 1, 2016 was the first day of my 365 which turned out to be a 366 because of leap year. There wasn’t a theme to start with however it morphed into my life in landscapes and textures and pups. I think one of the most interesting things about my 365 is that the majority of the photography was taken on my LG V10 cellphone and at times it’s hard to tell what was from a phone and what was taken on my DSLR.”
What 3 words would you use to describe your experience?
“Fulfilling – demanding – emotional”
What challenges did you face?
“I thought the first month would be the hardest but it was actually about halfway through the year where life became busy. I often fell asleep with my phone in hand, writing a description to my Instagram post. There were a lot of spelling mistakes :P. Most days I would try to outdo myself from the previous day which can get exhausting creatively and emotionally. I had learned that no matter what each day had to be something completely of itself and when looking back on that month or that year of photos each day may not be the most amazing photo I’ve ever taken but it is a perfect memory of where I was, who I was with and what I felt.” (Editor’s note: YES! We *love* this!!)
What was your favorite part?
“2016 was a year I am ecstatic to have a record of. I started out in my first house we had purchased a few months prior. My fiance and I had renovated the house during the first few months of this 365 and in April we decided to sell the house and make the life-altering move back home to Wisconsin. Every time I look through my year I am transported back to that moment and all of the feelings I had. As we grow older the years go faster… this 365 project allowed me to slow down a year and capture it in photographic memory. When was the last time you knew exactly what you were doing on any given day in the previous year? I now can tell you that on January 13th I was home relaxing on the front porch with my fiance drinking a beer and watching the sunset. On March 14th I was on a walk with the pups around sunset where my fiance inevitably learned how much I adore photographing the sun shining through the trees. July 23rd I had taken my fiance on his first walk out on the pier and we enjoyed the foggy view of the city on the way back in. On August 14th I was falling in love with a new camera and lens I had rented and spending a lazy Sunday with my favorite little snuggle buddy, Max. On September 15th I had taken off to the beach for my lunch break where I relaxed in the calming sound of the waves crashing on the shore. It had been a rough day and that moment had completely taken away all of the frustrations of the day. Without this project, I would have assumed life was as boring as usual and a year in my life had gone by without me noticing. I noticed 2016 and it was an amazing year.”
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