Project 365… Once More

If anyone’s been following my blog for a few years, you may remember back in 2013-2014 when I first took on Project 365. I’ve decided to do it again this year and started in the middle of June.

For those who don’t know, the premise is simple: take one photo each day for a year. I’ve chosen to once again catalog my attempts at this project through Instagram, since I like it as a public forum and I think it’s a good way to keep myself on track.

Some days are easier than others. Some days, simply put, are crazy busy, not necessarily with anything interesting, and I nearly forget to take a photo. Other days are busy in a different way and leave me with photo after photo to choose from.

Either way, it’s another endeavor I’ve chosen to pick up – and I think it’ll be especially great with my big trip to New England coming up in under two weeks!

If you’re interested, check out my Instagram for this project here.

Q&A: The Photographic Interview

Doing a Q&A: The Photographic Interview has been on my bucket list for…. well, as long as I can remember. This one came via http://sh1ft.org/ years and years and years ago (2007, maybe?) and now, some nine years later, I’ve finally gone and done it.

Take 1 photograph as your answer to each of the 10 questions below:

 

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26 Things: A Photographic Scavenger Hunt

This is a task that’s been on my “to-do list” for a long time — a very, very long time. I found this site years ago – http://sh1ft.org/ – which hosts photographic projects; I found a “26 things” one, wherein you’re given 26 words and are instructed to take a photo to represent each word.

Many years later, I’m finally tackling one of the projects. This one is a little different, as it has 13 items and asks that you take two photos for each word in a set list.

Obviously, it’s up to you, the photographer, to interpret each word and determine what kind of photo you want to take for that word. The two photos might be similar, or they may be at completely opposite ends of the spectrum (as with some of mine.) That being said, here’s mine!

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Daily Challenge: Take More Photos

Good morning (or afternoon, or evening, depending on your locale), my readers!

Today’s daily challenge will hopefully get you out of the box and thinking. Instead of a writing challenge, it’s a visual challenge. All you need is a camera – be it from a cell phone or other mobile device, or an actual camera, it doesn’t matter.

Your challenge for today is to take photos. If you had to describe your day to someone using ONLY photos – not words – what would you choose to photograph? How about if it was limited to 10 photos, or even five, or maybe just one?

Photography is a beautiful way for us to appreciate the world around us and the experiences we have in our lives. Some photographs can speak volumes; some have massive amounts of detail, while others are so simple yet say so much.

Some people might say that a photograph is nothing compared to the real experiences of life, and that’s definitely true. After all, seeing photos of your all-time favorite band in concert can’t even come to close to providing the true experience of being there in person: the music, the people, and that palpable taste in the air of the excitement and energy all around. A photo of a wedding can capture the smiling bride and groom, but it can’t capture the complete feelings of love and pure joy that surrounded the happy couple.

Photos are great for capturing moments, and if done right, they can capture emotions, too. But to make myself clear, photographs aren’t substitutions for real life experiences, and I’m not trying to speak as though they are.

This challenge is really about opening up your eyes to really experience your day in a visual manner, and to figure out how to best express that day to other people. Personally, I usually take photos to serve not as memories, but to jog MY memory in reflecting back on experiences I’ve had. If I think about a vacation I took years ago, I may not remember every experience, but looking back at photos brings up all sorts of swell memories, inside jokes, flashbacks of conversations, etc. It enhances the memories that I’ve already gotten.

So don’t use the photographs as an excuse to not fully enjoy or experience your day — but use them as a way to frame the context of your day.