365 Project Not So Special?

August 14, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Admitting defeat is hard. At the beginning of this year, like so many other photographers, I elected to attempt a 365 project. I did pretty well for a little over a month. My initial post about this endeavor was uncharacteristically bright-eyed. Too soon, though, I let daily stresses and obligations throw me off my game. Once I had gotten a week behind, I pretty much let it go.

There were a couple of reasons, logical or not, that allowed surrender to happen. Firstly, I was under so much stress that my creative voice simply crawled into hiding. Usually I find creativity to act as a stress antidote, but I was so far in the hole that it became impossible to do more than make it one day to the next with my sanity intact. 

Some might argue that being a mere week behind, in the grand scheme of a year, is no reason to surrender the project so soon. I would not disagree. However, I realized it was not right for the way I function creatively, no matter what my temporarily perky alter-ego cheerleader had to say. Despite my initial theories, I ultimately felt forced to do something, anything to meet my quota no matter how I really felt about it.

The projects that I felt I grew from most involved a significant time and mental commitment. While using my phone camera and apps like Snapseed on days where time was at a premium was fun, it left me feeling unfulfilled and stagnant. "Neat" was not enough. Being hard on yourself has its downsides, but I like pushing myself to not accept what will "do".

While I can't say that I'd never try a 365 again, my naturally slow-n-steady personality is better suited to a 52 project. Executing one concept a week genuinely appeals to me. Aside from time, it allows my ideas to percolate gradually, which is simply how my creative brain functions. Practical matters can be handled over the course of a week, even overlapping for something that requires more intricate coordination.

All that being said, I was pretty happy with a number of my more involved works, so I've included those below. Feel free to play favorites or throw out some shoot concepts that I might start percolating on.


Redheaded woman flinging her hairCalm in the Storm
orange persimmonTwo Halves art portrait of woman with red hair in the woodsSeeking Spring
deconstructed flower diptychDeconstruction Diptych
B&W impressionistic winter trees through rainPhantasmagoric smoking womanCourting Disaster

macro color photo of pink lilyHidden Jewels
double exposure monochrome woman and flower petals33-365 portrait of woman with red lips and striped scarfLost in Thought

 


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