Truth be told, the 365 was slowly but surely killing me. It sounds simple enough, right? Take one photo every day for a year. Easy. I mean, there’s lots of things we do every day. Shower. Brush teeth. Sleep. Eat. etc.. So, what’s the big deal?
At first I loved it. The project really helped me step my photography up a notch, it forced me to focus more on my personal work than on my professional work. It forced me to think outside of the box. At the beginning I found it incredibly inspiring and it really made me a better photographer. But about half way through the pressure started to eat me alive. I felt like I had to be constantly improving my images, like I had to create a masterpiece every day. I lost all motivation and even started resenting my camera. This brought me the greatest sadness of all. Resenting the one thing which has given me the greatest pleasure for so long, my camera. I’m even embarrassed to type it – and I was so shocked to feel it. So I decided to stop the 365. And that was that. I was free, and I felt relieved.
But since I’ve been “free” of it, I have found myself missing it. As much as I hated the 365 for the immense pressure it put on me, it had actually taught me a thing or two and had been really pivotal to my growth in photography. I realised that I actually do want to take a photo every day. I just don’t want to resent my camera along the way.
It’s like – photography, I love you. And I do want to be with you every day. I just don’t want to fight with you about it if I don’t make it one day.
So, I created “the every day project”. Every day I will take a photo. And if I don’t, I won’t beat myself up about it, because I won’t have failed the project. It will just mean that I won’t have a photo for that particular day. The photos are numbered according to how old I am on that day. Today is day 8248 of my life, so today’s photo will be number 8248. (thanks to this site for helping me figure that out) There’s no way to fail this project. It’s just a simple way for me to aim to take a photograph every day, but not resent the project if I end up skipping a day.
And that’s that. I’m happy with this project, and hope that I can keep it up :). I look forward to it.
What’s your experience with Project 365? And who’s joining me with The Every Day Project?