|'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?