documenting worlds
photography by annie appel
film-based work *

"Notorious" was born of a time that found
me out of a job due
to politics. I'd not experience to side-step,
out of my studio when rent doubled in a
week, and in the midst of the break-up of a
five year relationship.
I began to realize the optimist in me had all
but been extinguished, so I decided to
're-program' myself back to the positive. I
set the alarm on the first consumer cell
phone camera to ring every sixty minutes
and for a year pushed myself to take a
photo of "beauty" every waking hour.
Daily there were moments I detested the
premise and doubted the validity of this
exploration. Daily there were moments it all
came together in my mind. I tried to quit.
Often, I've been a lot of things, but never
one to quit, even when it might be in my
best interest to do so.