Clearly photography is an ongoing hobby for me. I used to have a lot of hobbies, but not so much these days.This is the only one that’s stuck around for a while.
Okay, so Project 365 2013 is not really happening at the moment. I know I’ve been distracted by house stuff and life in general, but I should still have a few minutes a day (less than that even) to take a simply photo. I think I’ve missed more days than I’ve actually done this year. It’s the halfway point in the year, so it’s time to turn it around now.
I think part of the problem is that I’m lacking in a clear direction for this project. It’s how I am in life, I lack clear direction so I keep plodding along and going through the motions. It makes me stagnant, stuck. I’m not able to improve and be better. Most of what I do is pretty random, because I don’t feel as if I’ve found my niche. The ground perspective thing was okay for a while, but I think it’s getting a bit old. I need fresh inspiration. What I need is a theme.
I’ve thought about doing a project with daily inspirations like what they do at Project Life 365 or an Australian version from Fat Mum Slim, but I’m not sure if I have the creativity to do it. I’m a very literal person and I think I’d struggle to come up with ideas. Maybe that’s what I should do for next year though.
Last year I had been toying with the idea of doing monthly colour themes (like you can see here at Sharyn’s Shots) and I’m wondering if that’s what’s would keep me interested. I’m drawn to colour and bright things, kind of like a bird (I like pretty shiny things). It’s also a theme that has a lot of flexibility, which is something I think I need to stay motivated. Otherwise I probably get stuck and hung up on particular themes.
So what colour should I do first?
I’m running out of fillers because I’ve been so slack with this project this year. So here’s a shot I took last year at the National Rhododendron Garden. I just love the detail in this photo.
I finally finished my Project 365 2012. It was difficult and a bit of a drainer at times. It was also very inspiring and satisfying to actual finish something that had a finite end, unlike a lot of other things I start and never finish. So where to from here?
This year I think I have decided to do a modified 365, in that I won’t necessarily take a photo every single day, but I will post a photo a day. I think that will take some of the pressure off me and take some of the angst out of the project that I found last year, to make it a much more enjoyable experience. It will also improve the quality of the photos I’m taking as well, instead of just taking whatever random photo of what I can see from my bed to fill the necessary quota. Part of me became a little resentful of Project 365 because I was short on ideas and wasn’t happy with my shots. I want to do things that make me happy, so tweaking it a little to suit my needs makes sense to me.
I found it quite difficult not having a proper theme last year as well. I’ve had a long hard think about it and I think I’ve come up with something that I like and is doable. Inspired by these type of photos “From Where I Stand” that Allison from Snippets of Suburbia has done so brilliantly, where you take photos of your feet and your surroundings, I’ve decided to shoot from my feet. I’ve so logically named this theme The World At My Feet.
I’m thinking that everything will be shot from the ground (or at least a flat surface, or near enough to the ground… I don’t want to ruin my camera) with my 50mm lens and go from there. I’ll see how long I can go for, but at least it gives me some direction and something to aim for rather than just being lost and random.
See the series (currently only one photo -_-) here: The World At My Feet
I started sorting through some photos to put up on the walls using my new magnetic photo rope from Photojojo, my birthday present from my husband. There are a lot of photos that I’ve taken over the years and I’m not sure which ones to pick, personal and family, colour themed, subject theme, completely random… So many decisions to make. My walls are going to look great!
A friend sent me this link on youtube and it’s hilarious. I love that they made it just like a real beauty product commercial and how they stereotyped the industry. I think photoshop is a great tool (which I don’t really know how to use) but in the wrong hands it is terribly abused. It also creates unrealistic expectations that hurts the self esteem of both men and women.
That being said, wouldn’t everyone like to have a product that just made you ‘perfect’ with one application? =p
Or maybe it should be project 366 for the leap year? I’ve decided as part of my new years resolutions or goals is to have an ongoing project to work on so that I can improve my photography. Project 365 has been around for a long time, but this will be the first time that I’ll be attempting it and documenting it on here. The premise is simple, to take at least one photo a day. It sounds easy enough, but for a person who never seems to finish what I start because of my poor attention span, this may be a little harder than it seems. I can see this quickly degrading into a photo a week, or a photo a month. We’ll see how long I can stay motivated for.
My motivation for doing this isn’t to document my life, but to force me to take more photos and therefore improve my skills. I want to be able to experiment a little and take photos of things I ordinarily wouldn’t. At the moment I only really take photos socially or when I’m going somewhere out of the ordinary. I am also very bad at letting a backlog of photos build up, so this will really motivate me to stay on top of things.
So my rules for this project are that I will take at least a photo a day, starting from the 1st of January 2012, choose one and put in on this blog.
I will try to upload photos on the day I take them, but at most within a week of taking them, which will allow for me just a bit of extra time.
I don’t have a theme for my project. I just have to take pictures of anything, so be prepared for a lot of photos of things around my house! Maybe that should be my theme.
Photos will be taken ideally with my Canon 550D, but failing that I will be carrying around my Sony Cybershot, and as a last (and definitely not ideal) resort, my iPhone 3Gs (which always underexposes everything. Not surprising given the size of the lens).
If I miss a day (hopefully I won’t) I will not stop and just keep moving on with the project until I’ve completed it. Usually when I miss things I tend to just give up, but not for this project.
Hopefully it will all work out, but knowing me I’ll give up as soon as I miss the first day because I’m usually a bit of a quitter.