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365 Day Project

Posted on: January 9, 2013 by Chris | 1 Comment
Gold Buddah - Wooden Carving with Photoshop textures

Gold Buddah

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 –, 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!


One Response

  1. Dana Wiehl — January 10, 2013 at 3:34 pm

    What a great idea, Chris! I look forward to seeing your year through your photographs!


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