1000 days of non-stop photography! Each day trying to find something different & unique. Each day trying to find time to photograph. Each day letting somebody know of my project & making their day showcasing them in so called “pic of the day”. Days when inspiration came in numbers and at times in trickles. Days when I felt I was going down & at times up and up.
As I complete a perfect 1000 days of photography in my 365 Project, it seems like a dream. When I began, I hardly thought I would make it beyond a year. And now, the happiness of conquering the four figure mark. It brings immense satisfaction to know that I am dedicated to photography than anything in life. That I did not cheat but each day shot for the past 1000 days.
Yet it is not entirely my efforts that made this possible. The people made this journey possible. My friends who contributed in my daily vision, the strangers who became friends, the friends of friends, the nature, the flora and the fauna, the street characters, the toddlers, the inanimate & much more. To the people who appreciated and showered praise even when I knew deep within that this is not my best work. It only made me to work harder towards raising the bar each time, each day. Thank you! :)
I did it, I successfully & honestly completed the 365 Project yet again for the second year on the trot. For those unaware, I had successfully completed 365 Project in my debut year(2012) & then resumed it in coming year 2013. Now as 2013 is done & dusted, so is my 365 Project for the year 2013.
Compared to 2012, 2013 – 365 Project went really smooth. Yes, there were days of mediocre photographs but thankfully they were few. Keeping the camera along always has helped me get good photographs & there have been days when I’ve been spoil for choice as to which one to upload. Its a problem of plenty & good to have. I’m grateful to all those souls who patiently waited for their meal as I was taking the food photograph at the restaurant, to the people who gave me their best as they faced the camera for my portrait, to those who supported me & my project even in difficult times. I further feel proud to know that I’ve inspired people to take up the 365 Project. There is no bigger joy than this. It keeps me going!
Surely, 2014 will present challenges of its own. Life is only going to get busier as responsibilities increase for me. However, once again I’ve begun with my 365 Project for the year 2014. Let’s see how I fare this time. Just a photo each day – simple as it sounds but having completed two years(and taken an oath not to repeat same photographs) will definitely make the project challenging. It would be great to have your support this time too. The place remains the same. Thank you.
I had noticed that unless there is some assignment or something important, my camera lies safely in its abode. I felt I’m not photographing enough in order to make myself a better photographer. Hence came the idea of undertaking a 365 Project.
In the beginning, I was daunted by the huge mountain of 365 Project. I thought to myself how long would I climb it successfully before I run out of oxygen. Each of the passing day meant fewer ideas for future shots. That’s when the climb began to feel stiffer. Slowly I could see the one’s who joined the project being motivated by me began to drop out one by one. There came a time when I was the only man climbing to the top. No, I didn’t think them to be my competition but on the contrary it was fun to have some people working on the same personal & collective goal.
The goal was distant but as they say, “to eat an elephant you need to just take an ant size bite”. Similarly, one must approach 365 Project one day at a time. No point in seeing it as a whole as that will definitely mean failure. I spread the word about my project all across my family & peers as that would mean further opportunities(and less nagging when I’m photographing as the food arrives at the hotel).
It has been a wonderful journey for 365 days & at the end I can only say, 365 Project not only made me a better photographer but also taught me a few other things. It taught me how to keep your feet grounded even if you achieve a higher position in life. Being humble is very important. No matter how big a photographer you are as there will be days when you just won’t be able to produce your magic. It was such days I use to get disappointed at first but later I accepted them as a part of project. These days of ordinary photographs keep you rooted & if you take them positively, they can fire you to continue doing better.
Secondly, 365 Project teaches you to be patient. Everyday you will be under pressure(see it as good pressure) to produce a different unique photograph for the day. As the clock clicks & you’re yet to photograph here you will begin to rush on things. And as you rush things, they get messier. Its time you stay calm & think about what & how to photograph. To be honest, I just had a single day in the year where I was under utmost bad pressure but still managed to produce a decent photograph. Over the time it got into me that 24 hours is a long time-span to get one photograph – a unique, well crafted, well seen photograph.
In a gist, 365 Project teaches you the qualities you need to lead life beautifully. The virtues of humility, patience, perseverance, endurance, practise, completing small chunks to accomplish large tasks/goals all help you to lead a better life. I highly recommend you to undertake the ‘365 Project’. I’m continuing the project for the second successive year. Would love to have your company. Do drop your project links in comments so I can follow you. :)
My 365 Project
Exactly six months ago, I began my 365 Project. For those living under the shell, 365 Project is where one takes a photograph each day for coming 365 days i.e. an year. I began this project with the sole aim to further develop & enhance my photography skills. It has been a joyous ride till now as I reach the midpoint of my 365 project today. I strongly recommend this is the best thing you can ever implement to hone your photography skills & polish your creative eye. However, the 365 Project comes with its very own challenges & I’ll briefly touch over them so you know what will be coming your way. The idea behind this post is not to make your challenges easy(and they won’t) but to help you recover & not leave your 365 project midway. With that in mind, let’s proceed.
Instagram has skyrocketed to popularity ever since its inception. The recent launch for Android platform has only added to its user-base. From what they say, “It’s a fast, beautiful and fun way to share your photos with friends and family. ”. One can say, its a Twitter for Photographers. However, most of the photos I see being uploaded are nothing more than snapshots. They are degraded further by rowdy application of the filters found within the application. Most just use the filters since they are present without caring a bit about how the final photo will look. Its like making a fun of photography as an art. In reality, Instagram has a huge potential of improving you as a photographer. Not many know this. It can be a great tool in the hands of a capable photographer. As Chase Jarvis says, “The Best Camera Is The One That’s With You”. Lets begin.