Well, project 365 is done, and I have to say that I don’t think I succeeded with it. I think that I am more aware of photographic opportunities now, but I don’t think I expanded creatively like I had hoped. Additionally I didn’t feel very enthused by this undertaking after the first few months. It turned into more of a chore than a journey. I often found myself crawling into bed at 10 or 10:30 only to realize I hadn’t taken my picture yet. Part of my frustrations were around my work day. I get too wrapped up in work, and often forgot to go outside, get some fresh air, and take some pictures.
I also never quite got to the point of posting the picture the day it was taken. This is also something that I felt was a priority for the project, but with a young child at home posting really fell by the wayside.
Some days I was quite happy with my work, and other days I wasn’t. One thing I found was that I was spending a lot of time touching up the pictures. After a while I decided that this was again not in the spirit of what I had wanted to do.
Now I am left with the questions of what was it that I really wanted from this project, and what was it I was I was trying to accomplish?
I think I was wanting to expand my creativity with the project. Learn to see life differently, and to not be so self conscious when I am shooting (something I always struggle with especially when I am shooting alone).
I was trying to accomplish the creation of a nice large portfolio of work. I don’t think I really accomplished that. I have a bunch of semi-interesting pictures, but it isn’t the amazing, breathtaking body of work I was wanting.
I supposed I romanticized this project, and under estimated just how much it would take out of me. I have too many commitments right now to fully fly at a project like this. Maybe I will try it again in another few years.
A little summary of what I ended up with for the year:
291 pictures posted
156 of that 291were taken with my 20D and 134 were taken with the S30. That math doesn’t add up, so somewhere along the line one of my posts isn’t tagged with what camera I used.
Notes for next time:
- If I do this again, it will be at a point in my life where I have more free time.
- I will dedicate time each day to shooting.
- I will do more preparation, and give myself more themes to shoot (ie corners)
- Learn more
- Be happy with the results