Last week I started a new photo-journalism project called Project 365. It is a simple photography challenge: take 1 picture a day. I have one week under my belt and it has been challenging. Prior to beginning this project, I signed up on the daily mailing list for capture your 365 (http://captureyour365.com/). It is a really neat blog with a lot of photography tips, tricks, and insights. I also follow them on Twitter. This is something I have wanted to try for some time. I don’t remember exactly when or where I heard about it but thought it was a neat concept.
My plan is to use the suggested photo of the day for my Project 365. Even though I take pictures just about every day, I want to expand my photography comfort zone and by using their prompts I feel more challenged then just taking pictures of my kids every day. Don’t get me wrong, it would be very easy to take photos of my kids every day, they are always up to something silly, fun, or goofy. And I do have my camera pretty much everywhere I go. Taking pics of my children would be very comfortable and I don’t think my photography skills would improve to the same degree. And using the prompts have been challenging. For example, the prompt for June 20 was “a California wave” well given the fact that I live in New Jersey and not near the ocean this was particularly difficult and honestly I didn’t take a Project 365 photo that day. I did take other pictures on June 20 just not a wave. As I am writing this I realize I could have gone down the end of my road to the river and take a photo. It wouldn’t have exactly been a picture of a wave but more of a rapid. See what I mean about challenging myself and thinking out of the box; looking at things from another angle. Another challenging day was June 23 because the prompt was “the sunny side: of the street, your house, an egg.” Well June 23 was foggy and raining most of the day. In the late afternoon the sun finally came out and I was able to take a photo of our shed.
The rest of the week’s prompts were pretty easy for me. They include a dad on Father’s Day, the first day of summer, and having fun. Here is my photo of the first day of summer. It is my daughter jumping into a kiddie pool :)
As I shared with you guys last week, to keep myself honest with this project, every Saturday my blog post will be about my Project 635. Let’s see how long I last with this and where this project takes me. I guess only time will tell!