I never realized that committing myself to the 365 photo project would be such challenging goal but it definitely has been. The idea of the basic 365 photo project is to take one picture every single day for a 365 day period. I wanted to have a reason to carry my camera with me more often, to force myself to look at how the light lands on everything around me, what to learn more instinctively what my eye is drawn to and to become more in tune with my camera settings.
It started easily enough. I had a basic plan that I listed on a previous blog post here. I started on my birthday and will continue to photograph for the following 365 days straight, regardless if I stay indoors all day, have a shoot or wedding scheduled or if I’m on vacation. I’m doing it. And so, this is how it started, in perfect sequential order.
At first, it seemed easy enough. Sometimes I felt short on time but I managed to find things that were around my surroundings to take a shot. A few times I specifically took photo walks to find something to photograph for the project. I had already visited a few places before so I knew I could easily grab a “safe shot” if nothing else caught my eye.
By my second week, I was already doubting how much else I could photograph. I decided to add a few things to my arsenal including a polarizing & ND filter as well as a prism. [see below] There were days where it was easy for me to find something that caught my eye. Other times, I shuffled through my apartment to find anything that could suffice. I started to take my walking breaks more seriously and make sure to always carry my camera with me, just in case. Sometimes I would see something and not take a picture then I would go back in a few hours realizing that I had missed my shot for the day. I started creating projects within the project, like my monthly self portrait or places where I will return to at different seasons.
And then there was that one day when my husband and I took a drive to the coast for a hike. We were sick and by the time I got to the coast I was barely able to take a few steps before feeling completely fatigued, but I did manage to take one shot of the coast. Some days my images had no meaning what so ever, some days my images had so much meaning to me. Like my lovely earrings that were a gift from my mother. Some photos I calculatedly had to drive out specifically for the project.
I discovered more walking trails by my area. I paid more attention to all the little beautiful things that grow by our place. I also played around with free lensing and macro photography.I stopped at areas that I’ve wanted stop at for a while and somehow never actually done so.I started looking up things in my camera manual and played with the settings. I also gave myself permission to not have to take breathtaking shots every single day. Because in reality, some of the most simple things are the most meaningful.