BETHEL, Conn. (AP) — Except for her marriage and two children, there had never been anything in Carol Gibson's life that she'd devoted time to every day for a full year.
Until Jan. 1, 2011, when the soon-to-be 65-year-old grandmother pointed her digital SLR camera at an empty champagne bottle and two partially filled glasses, and perfectly captured the image that had been in her head all week.
With that shot, Gibson embarked on a photographic odyssey that saw her take a picture 365 days in a row, even during the three days she spent in the hospital.
Actually, she admits, she did almost miss one, waking up with a start at 5 a.m. with the realization that the photo she'd been planning the previous day had never made it into her camera.
But within a half-hour, she'd made the shot, processed it on her Photoshop program and posted it on Flickr, a website where photographers exhibit their work, along with the rest of her images.
"It was only 5½ hours late. So I give myself credit for taking a picture every day," she said.
Gibson's pictures are far more artistic and complex than the snapshots the average person takes.
One example of her work, an image of the star-spangled trees that belong to Howard Lasher , of Newtown, hangs at both the New York Stock Exchange and the office of Sen. Richard Blumenthal , D-Conn.
"That's sort of my claim to fame," said Gibson, who in addition to her full-time job as an executive assistant and staff photographer at Cartus in Danbury, also runs her own business, Creative Photography by Carol.
Some of the photos in her project are whimsical, including several featuring her large collection of pigs. Others follow themes. She spent a week concentrating on books, and in the days leading up to Valentine's Day, love was the message.
Gibson, who lives in Bethel with her husband, Ken, grew up in Ridgefield and got her first camera at the age of 10, a Kodak Brownie. When she was 18, she saved money to buy a Polaroid camera and remembers being amazed at the technology that allowed her to see a color photo moments after she took it.
But it wasn't until she was an adult and people began remarking on the quality of her pictures, that she began pursing photography more seriously.
She's been a member of the Candlewood Camera Club for close to 20 years and credits fellow club member Kathy Marciante , of New Fairfield, who did a 365 pictures in 365 days project a year earlier, with inspiring her.
"I encouraged her to do it because it was a great learning experience for me," Marciante said.
Just as valuable as using the camera every day, Marciante said, was the feedback she received from other photographers who posted their work on Flickr.
"It was one of the best experiences I ever had," she said.
Gibson agreed that the project furthered her development as a photographer, and she gained greater skill with techniques such as lighting and the use of depth of field as she progressed.
"I do think my pictures improved," she said.
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