Friday, March 25, 2016

Things I learned from the 'Project 365'

'We won't be a part of a Museum of Broken relationships'
It's no secret that there are milion ideas for the ongoing photo projects but definitely the most popular one always has been (and probably always will be) the crazy one year adventure simply called  the 'Project 365'
Ever since I first heard about it (centuries ago) I knew that at some point I'm gonna jump on that bandwagon because, as you all know, I'm a huge diary keeping fan so this way of expression is pretty much designed for me. But don't be fooled by the simplicity of its concept 'cause this little adventure is actually a hell of a ride and pretty tough one to finish. 


So far I've done it three (3!) times and as I'm writing this it's still kinda hard to believe that's the truth (time really flies by insanely fast). The first time I did it while I was just starting to work on my photography skills and didn't even have a DSLR but point and shoot camera (we've come a looong way from there) and I'm actually not sure do I even still have those photos stored somewhere on the external drive. 

The second time I did it with illustrations and boy oh boy, that was INSANE. I was literally drawing my heart out (remember Mattie & Mo?), like never before and seeing all those little photos always brings an enormous smile on my face. 


And last year I decided to spice up things even more. My intention was to shoot an entire project with polaroids (at that time I shot with Instax ones) and I'm so sad to say that I didn't manage to finish that one because I ran out of money for film somewhere around 200th day of shooting.

Have I mentioned that once you start this kind of photographic journey it becomes highly addictive? Well, it surely does. 
And that brings us to the main reason behind the motivation for writing this post. A few days ago I mentioned on the blog that I'm thinking of starting the 365 Project all over again but this time with 35mm film. I still don't have nearly as enough money for all the rolls of film I would need, but I've set my heart on doing it. I still haven't decided on the starting point - maybe it'll be Easter, maybe 1st of April and maybe the 9th when yours truly celebrates her birthday. We'll see what happens but for now, let's look back on all of those 365 adventures and point out all the things I learned from them (and I learned loads).


* It's the perfect project for improving your photographic skills because you make a small pact with yourself to actually shoot on a daily basis, even during the most boring of days (like when you're stuck at home through the entire day or when you're feeling sick) which makes you question everything, explore different angles, learn pretty much everything about your camera, start paying attention to the light (because it truly is everything) etc.

* Yes, it sounds like an easy thing to do and complete BUT it's actually one of the hardest things I've ever done because commiting to create something for an each day of the year and always trying to be great at it challenges you in pretty much every possible way. Which brings us to the next thing...

* It builds patience and determination. It makes you fight with yourself so many times because there's no one else standing in your way but you. It eliminates laziness and makes you work constantly.

* And when you do that, in time you get better. So much better.

* It also challenges your creativity because you have to come up with something new every single day.

* When you manage to finish it, you're feeling super proud and seeing all the photos together is the best feeling ever because - hey, you've made it! But also 'cause there's your one year of your life right in front of you with all those special moments captured on a photo.

'I carry my Sun with me all the time'
* You learn to appreciate simple pleasures more because you're not gonna shot just any moment in a day, you'll be aiming for the best ones, the most special ones. And along the way you find out how a teeny tiny thing can make (or break) your day.

* The project tracks change. Change of seasons, weather conditions, your style and your photography evolution, things you do, places you visit, people you love etc.

* It makes you see things differently.

* It makes you think differently.

And that's why you should do it.
I can promise that it's gonna drive you insane at times.
You'll laugh, cry and feel weird.
You'll ran out of inspiration at some point. 
But you'll manage to get out of the rut because the show must go on.
And once the cycle is completed, you'll feel like hugging the entire world.


 Have you tried doing it and what are your thoughts on the project?

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10 comments

  1. Mattie&Mo fale mi :D ti 365 projekti su fakat teski za odradit al divno se osvrnut na njih nakon nekog vremena

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    1. I meni ponekad fale, ali naprosto više nemam vremena da im se vratim šmrc :(
      Ma da, 365 projekti samo na prvu zvuče kao dobra zafrknacija, ali su zapravo skoro pa nemoguća misija za dovršiti.

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  2. Ideja je fenomenalna i verujem da nije lako kako deluje na prvi pogled ali sve što je vredno truda zahteva i te teže momente koji te nateraju da ceniš još više one koji su dobri. Sve je preslatko i možda najlepši i najoriginalniji način za vođenje "dnevnika" :)

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    1. Potpisujem sve što si rekla, zaista vrijedi truda :)

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  3. Sada si mi srce slomila kada sam vidjela Matiće... da ti samo znaš koliko ja njih volim... šta nemaš vremena... ti si obično prase koje ih ne želi vratiti :P Šalim se! ALI... daj tu i tamo ubaci koji, meni za dušu... plizzzz! :)
    Projekti takvoga tima su teški i stvarno ti dižem kapu za svaki čak i ako nisu bili završeni jer da... život je jedno a naše želje sasvim drugo! Kako god, navijamo i ovoga puta a tebi puno strpljena, inspiracije i para :)))))

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    1. Ajoooj znam, znam, ali čisto sumnjam da ću im se ponovno uspjeti vratiti...mislim, nikad ne reci nikad, ali trenutačno ih je praktički nemoguće ubaciti u raspored pa je bolje da ne dajem lažnu nadu :( Ako se ikad nešto promijeni, znaš da ću njih prve vratiti u priču :D

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  4. možda bi i ja trebala pokušati nešto slično....:) Divan članak, baš si me nadahnula.

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    1. Ja sam na kraju odabrala krenuti danas tako da...vidjeti ćemo kako će se nastaviti :) Hvala ti, baš mi je drago bilo ovo čuti, obavezno javi ako se odlučiš na neki način upustiti u projekt! :)

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    2. Vec sam imala u planu neki projekt u stilu jedan DIY svaki dan, no strah me je da je to ipak preambiciozno...vidjet cemo.

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    3. Uf uf, super to zvuči, ali u isto vrijeme i stvarno jako ambiciozno...znam da su mene ilustracije nakon par mjeseci doslovno počele ubijati, ali ti ionako gotovo stalno crtaš i nešto stvaraš pa tko zna...možda bi te još dodatno motiviralo! :)
      Btw, sestrinski projekt ovome je 52 tjedna pa razmisli možda o njemu - to je svaki tjedan u godini jedna kreacija / fotka / priča...ovisi na što se odlučiš :)

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