Good news: I’m DONE! Project 365 complete! Happy New Year!
Did I accomplish what I set out to do? Last January, I posted “I’m hoping [the Project 365] will force me to be more creative, learn new skills, and reaffirm my love for photography.”
Am I more creative? Well, even when I felt I was out of subjects, I found something new, or a new angle. Check. New skills? Most definitely. I use entirely manual settings now and have learned more about lighting and editing, especially. Reaffirm my love for photography? Yes, I’d say so. My camera was formerly neglected. I was out of practice and felt that getting back into photography would be too overwhelming. But being forced to take photos every day has made me see the world differently–I’m more observant. And what I observe I must photograph! (Having kittens helps, too.)
I can’t thank you all enough for your support and encouragement. Without you, it would have been far too easy to quit when I got bored or when I first missed a day. Knowing that people enjoyed seeing my photos was a great motivator, and the feedback and compliments served as a great ego boost! I especially want to thank Ethan, who was diligent about reminding me to take a photo those first several weeks, and Grace, who “liked” at least a dozen of my photos on Facebook every time I posted a batch.
I definitely couldn’t have done this without Ian. Sometimes I think he’s more into photography than I am, with his creative photo ideas and mad Photoshop skills. He encouraged me, inspired me, helped carry my gear on a few occasions, and didn’t let me beat myself up over missed days. Thanks, love! <3
And yeah, I know I went straight from a halfway-through post to my end-of-the-year post. To be honest, I lost a lot of steam on this project in the summer and figured my blog updates would lack depth. I missed my first day in June and went on to miss six more days, most of which occurred in the following few months. I lacked motivation and creativity. It felt like a chore. I even broke my favorite lens! (Not out of anger, just a lack of coordination.) But I still didn’t give up… and when fall came, I perked up again.
I honestly thought I’d feel freedom when this moment came, but I’m actually a bit bummed this won’t be a part of my life anymore. I suppose I’m worried I’ll put my camera away and once again get out of practice and habit. I made a few photography resolutions to prevent this, but they’re not nearly as grueling as taking photos every day. I mentioned the idea of a Project 52, with a photo each week, but I’ve decided not to do that… for now. We’ll see how things go!
Here are some fun stats on my project:
Days missed: 7
Photos of food: 62
Photos of cupcakes: 11
Photos of drinks: 17
Photos of cats: 41
Photos of people: 39
Photos of Ian: 9
My favorite five photos from the project:
Day 49: Downtown Tacoma
Day 52: Adopting Sophie and Phineas
Day 61: Cherry blossoms
Day 206: Shallow DOF
Day 357: Handmade bow