Sober Photography (or Art) Project: Assignment #17

Time for a new photography project! You can be a photographer, or a painter or a drawer… So time to dust off the camera, and get ready to photograph, draw or paint something lovely…

If you’re new to the blog, you can learn more about the idea of having a sober hobby here. See the results from previous projects here.

This is open for anybody, you don’t have to be a fancy ass photographer. No inner critic allowed. Do not procrastinate. Are you ready?

Assignment #17 … Sober Support

The goal for this assignment is to take a picture of one of your sober supports. What makes you feel better, and therefore more likely to be sober. For me, it’s a nice breakfast with time to read, and writing my morning pages.

For you, one of your sober supports might be running, or sleep, or a meeting, or reading, or gummy bears. Doesn’t matter. You can interpret this project any way you like.

  • DEADLINE: Friday, July 18 @ 12 noon Eastern. Yes, a short deadline. The longer the deadline, the more likely we are to procrastinate, oui?
  • The format is open: for photos, you can use your camera phone or a nice camera. For drawings, paintings, just take a picture (or scan) and email to me.
  • The project must be original, and produced AFTER the assignment is received (like, no going through past pictures taken, it has to be new).
  • If you suck at photo adjustments or cropping, send it anyway with a note that you’d like me to adjust.
  • Send as LARGE a file size as you can manage (up to 12MB per image).  Don’t reduce for size.  the bigger the better.
  • Um, you have to be sober …
  • ONLY one entry per person per assignment (think of the size of my inbox!)

NOTE: Find something and take a picture. It’ll turn out better than you think it will. This is a fun project, you remember fun right? I learned all about fun by doing this with Christina.

Here’s a sample to get you going.




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I want to put this online, to hold myself accountable. I want to document the noise in my head. I'm tired of thinking about drinking. date of last drink: june 30, 2012

  • 45 days sober..with a new good problem. I like to stop on the way home or walk around home and take pictures of birds, flowers, insects and such. I’ve always liked photography but being sober has enabled me to actually learn to use this camera and I have taken a lot of really nice pictures (I think)! Problem is that I am taking a lot of pictures every day so have to go through them every night and select only the best ones to keep. I quit drinking on the anniversary of my mom’s passing. Now literally every flower picture I take has an insect in it that wasn’t visible when I took the picture. Even my insect pictures are getting photo bombed by another insect. I think it’s a sign. My mom loved flowers and nature.

  • I really like the stoneware. The breakfast looks even yummier on that plate and likewise the coffee in that cup!

    • I love the stoneware too. I bought it in seattle at an import store in the early 1990s and wish wish wish I’d gotten more… I have one cup, one plate, and two bowls… and I always warn my husband when he’s doing the dishes to be careful with them!

  • One of the things that keeps me sober is boating.

    There is no boating when I am drunk.

    There is no anything when I am drunk.