Humans Being : 1-2 (the reincarnation of Portrait 365)

January 19, 2015

I really love my Nikon D5000 camera. If I had to choose between my camera and my phone I would choose my phone naturally, because it’s like crack and I’m like a junkie but I would hate the decision and not having a camera would be like losing a dear friend.

After carrying my camera everywhere, all day, every day, for 365 days I’ve actually enjoyed not having the weight in my handbag for the last couple of weeks.

I’ve been able to fill my handbag with all sort of other crap because that familiar bulk was suddenly not there. More space for children’s snotty tissues.

More space for plastic dinosaurs, and tubes of paw paw ointment.

Cronuts in greasy brown paper bags.

Just stuff that has filled the gap.

But I found myself walking around and seeing great people still.


Everywhere I looked were interesting faces and smiles and eyes and kooky heads and I kept wishing I would stop and approach them. But I just didn’t.

My now familiar spiel that I gave to reassure folks that I’m not some weird, camera wielding psycho going around taking photos of people I’ve never met was invalid.

When I approached a random person I gave them my rehearsed schtick about my year long project called Portrait 365 but 365 days was over and I didn’t know my new script.

When Portrait 365 finished I wanted to keep it going in some way, but I needed to take the pressure away from it. That daily grind was good in many ways because it forced me to keep going but in others it was a ball ache.

Daily obligation was a tad much for me.

There are still a gazillion portraits to be taken, and I still want to be one of the people taking them so I’ve thought long and hard about how this next photographic project is going to fly.

Basically, it’s going to be the same. Once a week I’ll post my Humans Being portrait post and if you loved Portrait 365 you’ll be getting the same fix.

I’ll still be talking to my subjects and bringing a little slice of their lives to you.

I’ll still be out meeting people in my greater community instead of walking past all of these wonderful stories that everyone has inside them.

I’ll keep shooting humans being human.





“I’ve suffered depression and anxiety for a few years and one of the things that came from my research was that people who did volunteer work managed to refocus and recalibrate their lives. I had all of my corporate clothes sitting in my wardrobe and my husband was asking me what I was going to do with them. I approached Fitted for Work and now I’ve volunteered to work with them to fit disadvantaged ladies for work clothes, and I’m also mentoring the Transition to Work program for refugees.”

I’ve known Grace since I’ve started blogging. She one of those people that whenever I’m with her I just want to hug her. You can check out her blog With Some Grace here.



“I’m proud of being a mum and I’m proud of my little boy but I’m really proud that my husband and I have come together as a team to raise our little boy together.”

I love that Giaan has so many achievements under her belt to be proud of – an OAM, Olympic gold medals and world records to name a few – and that this is what she is most proud of. Down to Earth much?

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  • Reply Vicki @ Knocked Up and Abroad January 19, 2015 at 8:07 am

    It’ll be good to see some portraits hanging about here. People are just so interesting and you certainly have the knack for capturing them.
    I was at the bloggers BBQ on Saturday too and thought Giaan was just stunning. Had a baby, really?
    And Grace, well, she is just gorgeous x

  • Reply Emma January 19, 2015 at 9:37 am

    Excellent! I thought I had discovered you too late to enjoy the portrait project, so am happy to see it continuing. I can see how a daily commitment would grind you down (and drive you) so I’m glad you’ve cut it back to an enjoyable level.

    • Reply Danielle January 21, 2015 at 9:53 am

      Welcome sboard the zholsby train, Emma! I reckon at this sustainable level i’ll fall in love with portraits all over again. Thanks for your comment xxx

  • Reply Genie January 19, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I love my Nikon too! I used to carry it around a lot more but now I only take it if I’m blogging something or it is a special occasion. Daily obligation is brutal. Weekly and monthly is easier. Life gets so busy sometimes….all of the time. You are kind of amazing at what you do. xx Genie

  • Reply Alison January 19, 2015 at 10:02 am

    Love the title, love your first two subjects. You’re on fire x

    • Reply Danielle January 25, 2015 at 7:41 am

      Thsnks, babe. Just need to find my rhythm now!

  • Reply Aleney January 19, 2015 at 10:04 am

    I’m a Nikon gal too! So glad thus is back. Your portraits are something I look forward to every week and I’m thrilled to see the lovely Grace gracing the page x

  • Reply Kylie Purtell - A Study in Contradictions January 19, 2015 at 12:05 pm

    You know, I’m pretty sure that if you were looking for the heart and soul of the blogging world you’d find it in Grace. She is just the best!

  • Reply Kelly Exeter January 19, 2015 at 12:20 pm

    Love Grace and Giaan! What wonderful subjects to kick off your new project! And lawdy – you took your camera with you everywhere and every day last year?!

  • Reply Sonia from Sonia Styling January 20, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Yayyy, I’m so glad your portraits are back! And I bloody love the new name – Humans Being – you are so stinkin’ clever. You’ve managed to kick things off with two beautiful souls and I look forward to getting to know many more this year. x

  • Reply Zanni Louise January 20, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    Gorgeous approach. I will look forward to these Human Being posts muchly.

  • Reply Maxabella January 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm

    I’m glad you’re continuing the project. x

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