There have been many times I’ve considered committing to a 365 challenge, but up to now I’ve avoided it knowing I would likely not succeed. How’s that for a positive attitude?
I’ve come to the realization of a few things though that I thought I tackle with the 365.
I need the creativity boost. My camera has sat in the closet far to much lately. I need a reason to have it always with me and to be continually on the look out for something interesting.
I know that not every day will be all that interesting. In the past when I’ve done some shorter daily challenges I spent far too much time & brainpower trying to create something unique or what I thought as a better-than-average photo for the day. Though I don’t want this challenge to be just about getting a photo of the day, I am going to be ok if the photo is simply something I observed. Some days will be more interesting than others.
Some days I will take a photo, others I will make one. What that means is some days will be about observation, others will be a window into a project I am working on. In 2011 I have a goal to do more personal work, including an effort to pre-visualize some photos, then go about making them however that may be.
Daily photos, not necessarily daily posting. Though there will be a photo posted for every day, some of those photos may come in batches when I get time to process & post. I hope to post nearly every day, but there will definitely be breaks where the photos will not be seen for a few days. Case in point, I am going to be on a vacation for a bit in February and plan to be fairly disconnected through the trip.
This is for me. Though I sincerely hope some of you follow the posts on the new blog, this effort will be for my benefit. I hope to push my creativity, get out more with my camera, and this will be one of the personal projects I do for the year.
I’ve always been impressed and often inspired by the effort made by friends in their daily photo efforts. Obviously the daily effort doesn’t always yield works of art each day, but the continued effort typically leads to an increased creativity in the way they view the world around them. Whether it is better observation of what they see in a normal day or specifically making an effort to create a pre-visualized scene, that’s what a 365 is all about.
For 2011 I’ve decided it’s time to take up the challenge to see more of the world around me, sometimes create great photos and in general get back into the fun of photography more than worrying about finding the next paying project. I hope to make this year one of new found creativity. Hope you join me on the ride.