Happy 2012 Everyone!
As much as I love the holidays and everything they encompass (friends, family, birthdays, my wedding anniversary and a whole lotta hockey!), I also look forward to taking a deep breath when it’s over and digging in to the new year. January is a month of planning, inspiration and a lot of catching up!
This year I decided to do something that I’ve always wanted to do…a 365 Project (366 this year!). A photo a day, for ME, every day. In the past, I’d start out with good intentions and then on January 4th I’d realize I’d already missed the first four days and, well, what was the sense in starting then?
Well, I’m happy to say that this year is different! I picked up my camera on January 1st, took a photo for me, and have maintained it every day so far. (yeah…I know…I’m only 8 days into it but I’m still feeling pretty good about it!) It’s made me pick up my camera again for me and for my family. I was at a place where I would, more often than not, choose to leave my camera behind when it came to my own family experiences. I hate to admit it, but bringing my camera with me made me feel like I was ‘working’ and I just wanted to be present and part of whatever activity we were doing. I am still mindful of that….of being a participant and not just the photographer….but I am also documenting our family more.
Oddly enough, it’s already had another effect on my family. My kids, who are typically the first to turn away from the camera and groan, are now anxious to see which photo I pick for the day.
Here are my photos from the first week (yes, I cheated twice….there are two photos represented on 2 different days. I’ll work it out later!) At this time of year most of my photos revolve around hockey. With 3 kids playing on 2 teams each and a backyard rink it’s all hockey all the time for us!
My current process is a simple one….I shoot, pick the image of the day, save two files (one for print and one for facebook/blog). Then I print a 13×19 image on my Epson Stylus Photo R3000 (a fabulous printer…particularly for b/w prints!), date the print along the bottom and add it to an archival storage box. I have some other ideas when the project is over (a coffee table book, etc…) but for now, I’m doing the two things that I think are most important….saving a digital version and immediately PRINTING one so I have a hard copy. (something I feel very strongly about…..it’s important to have PRINTS, not just files….of your images).
Check out the following links for more info on 365 Projects…
365 Project Blog
Flickr Group – Project 365
Digital Photography School – 52 Weekly Themes
If you haven’t started but wish you had, please don’t be like I was and throw in the towel because you didn’t take a photo on day one. It’s NEVER too late to document the times, places, people, things, etc….that make up your daily life. I highly recommend it!