I started The Birthday Project five years ago, inspired by an article I read about Lucy Hilmer, an artist who has been photographing herself on her birthday every year since 1974 (you can read more about that here). Each year the Project has a different theme, or direction, captured by a different photographer. It’s no newsflash that I much prefer to be behind the camera, but The Birthday Project forces me to be vulnerable and step out of my comfort zone, and I like that. I hope that in another thirty years, I can look back at these images and visit the exact coordinates of my life in different seasons and different times - a visual anthology.
But this year, I struggled to find a theme. The concept of leaving my twenties behind to enter a new decade wasn’t as scary as I had imagined it would be, but I just felt stuck when it came to what the theme of my Birthday Project would be. But in the midst of packing my bags for a road trip with my best friend through Andalusia, it dawned on me - why not this? I broke the news to my BFF, Meagan, that she’d be the photographer this year, and thankfully she took it well. She might not be a photographer IRL, but the girl sure knows how to work her angles! She even managed to get me to stop acting ridiculous when a camera is pointed at me - success!
So, without further ado, here are the exact coordinates of my life at thirty years of age.