Tuesday, 11 December 2012
Anyone Planning a Project 365 / Project 52?
Is anyone else out there thinking of starting a Project 365 in 2013? I think this might be the year I finally stick to one!
For those of you that don't know what this is, the idea is to take a photo each day in the year. You can choose to share and upload on the Internet (most people do I would imagine) although there is no reason why you can't just keep them to yourself if that's what you prefer!
So, why do a Project 365? It's quite a big commitment (if only to yourself) but I think the rewards make it worth it. You will have a visual history of every day of your year, and be able to remember what you did or who you saw, or even what you felt. If you are doing this with your children it will also be an amazing way to document their growth and accomplishments. Although this is not a reason why I am doing it this year, it will also improve your photography skills.
Although you will undoubtedly start off with a lot of enthusiasm, it can quickly wane. I started one last year but never really got into the habit of it so it fell by the wayside (I take pictures most days anyway, but just not as rigid as a photo a day!) My feeling is that it would be helpful to have a theme so that you have some structure to a 365 project, so this is what I intend to do this year. I had a look to see what other people are doing and there are lots of themes out there - children, crafts, self portraits, food, neighbourhoods. As I still want to have a lot of flexibility in my little project so I think my theme is going to be "thankful" - the idea being to take a photo each day of something that I am thankful for. It gives a lot of flexibility whilst giving me something concrete to focus on. Hopefully by the end of the year this will be a lovely visual representation of the good things in my life, and will hopefully make me stop and think a little bit each day. And I already have a plan of how I would like to display these - I just need to take a year's worth of photos first!
If a Project 365 seems a little too daunting, many people do a Project 52 instead - where you take a photo each week instead of each year. Same idea, but perhaps a little easier to commit to.
I also intend doing a Project 52, but for something different! I would like another project that is geared more towards improving my photography skills both in terms of creativity and technical ability (I see the Project 365 as more a personal project rather than a photography skills related one) This should definitely be harder, but hopefully worth it! Again, these usually have weekly themes that are open to interpretation, these are usually one word themes such as "Delicate" or "Alone". Your job is to simply to go out and photograph something that will fit that weeks theme. So, I'll either join an existing Project 52 Group and use their weekly themes, or I'll create my own at the start of the year and work to that. (If anyone likes the idea of doing a Project 52 along with me, let me know and I will set up some weekly themes for us and post them weekly on here!)
Let's just hope that I make it past February this year with them!