At risk of making myself a hostage to fortune I’ve decided to embark on a 365 day photographic project. There is no theme, simply a requirement to take and publish one photograph every day until next January 1st. Having succesfully navigated week 1, I’m optimistic!
There are a few things making themselves obvious even at this early stage. Firstly, this is a wonderful opportunity where time allows, to step outside of my comfort zone and experiment with different approaches that I might not normally try. Who knows where that might lead?
Secondly, I budgeted one hour a day minimally to get the shot and publish. This in itself is a challenge, but one that will fit in with my working life. I’ve found the discipline energising so far and I’m taking a lot more photographs as a result.
Thirdly, in restricting the time I allocate to taking photographs I’m forcing myself to work with what I have. If that’s an iPhone, then that’s what I will shoot with and publish. So far I’m favouring a Canon G1 X on the basis its easy to carry around and therefore I can take advantage of down time during the day to snatch a few shots. Of course the choice of camera imposes a few more restrictions because of the lens – it’s wide (15 mm) and therefore encourages a particular style of shooting, especially where architecture is involved!
The key to preserving (or at least attempting to preserve) quality in a 365 day project appears to lie in not blowing all the best ideas in week 1. I generally shoot at least one day a week, mainly landscape and architecture and I’ll continue to do that, however the other six days will include some experimental photography, abstracts, still lives and also technology that I have not really embraced because of a perceived lack of time. So in Week 1 there are two photographs that are clearly experimental and five that I would probably have taken in any case, over a longer period of time.
So far, I’ve found myself experimenting with abstracts (not particularly successfully) and learning how to manage textures in photoshop (better!). Like a guitarist changing hands I’m discovering that I progressed a lot last year but there is a lot more and a lot further to go.
You can find my 365 day project at BlipPhoto - http://www.blipfoto.com/ElectricalImage, some of the photographs will make their way here, some won’t. I’m hoping this project will open new doors creatively, also hoping I finish it!