Project 365- January 2021
I finished my first ever full month of a Project 365! If you aren’t familiar, a Project 365 or “365” is a common photography project in which photographers attempt to create one photo a day for an entire year. Another common one is a Project 52, which is one photo per week, usually under a certain theme and with a bit more planning and thought than just a day to day 365.
I’ve started this project a couple times in the past but always ended up feeling either uninspired or overwhelmed. Luckily this year, with lessons I learned in 2020 still fresh in my mind, I am giving myself so much grace in this project. I’ll be honest, I missed a few days, but I still have 31 photos for January. I decided that some days when I had the inspiration, energy, and time, I would perhaps take multiple photos of different things, so if I then missed a day I would be able to fill in the gap still with something from a very close point in time. I think it worked out really well, and took a lot of pressure off me.
I also decided to give myself grace as far as “perfection” goes. A lot of these photos aren’t amazing. They aren’t artistic “I put so much thought into this!” photos. Because life doesn’t work that way (for me at least), and even if I have the focus or cooperation of my son to set up something great, I still have to edit it and post and process, which takes time too! But even the days where my composition wasn’t the best, or my subject was repetitive, it still serves as a moment captured in time of this season of my life, and that is just as important to me as having a whole year of perfectfully crafted images.
If you’re interested in starting your own Project 365 or 52, do it! It doesn’t have to start on January 1st. You don’t have to have a certain camera or equipment, use your phone! Take it one day at a time, and remember that some days will be better than others. It will help you grow in what you see, hone a craft, and have a beautiful year of your beautiful life captured in little snippets. I hope some of these tips I’ve given myself can help you too!
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