I’ve decided to embark on a 365 project, which is basically taking one photo every day and sharing it somewhere (Flickr for me, of course, and on the blog). I’ve always wondered why in the world anyone would do this, but I’ve been so bored lately photographically that I need something to push me beyond what’s become my same-old-same-old. I have always uploaded a picture a day to Flickr, so in that regard it might not seem like such a big deal to take on a 365 project, but keep in mind just because I upload a picture on Flickr doesn’t mean I took it that day; some photos I upload were taken months ago or even years. The trick to the 365 is that the photo you share has to be taken on that day.
I hate deadlines, so even though there are loads of groups with this restriction on Flickr (like the Face-Down Tuesday group, which will only accept face-downs if they are taken on that Tuesday) I’ve never participated in them. But right now I see the appeal of being forced to take a photo every day – it’ll get me past my comfort zone and help me to look at the world with fresh eyes. I’ve gotten too accustomed to my routines and procedures, and I need a kick-start. This should generate new ideas for me if nothing else.
I also watched one video from the composting class I bought a few weeks ago, and it talked about brainstorming for shoots. Hearing what the presenter had to say about the ways in which he generates concept ideas reminded me that creating photographic art can work in many ways, and that it’s not that different from trying to ignite sparks within any other art form. I forget that sometimes, and don’t think to engage in creativity exercises or games to come up with fresh ideas (one suggestion in the video was to get two hats, put little strips of paper in one hat full of nouns, then scenarios in the other hat – draw one strip from each hat and then you have to create a photo out of the pairing. His pairing was “red bull” and “stuck in a thunderstorm”). But it makes sense that after several years of taking photos one way, I’ve gotten into a rut and need to play some games with myself to keep things interesting. I intend to engage in some of these, and the 365, to me, is yet another game that can help me stay inspired.
To do this I intend to utilize my Canon SL1 mainly, as it is easy to carry around; I keep my 40mm pancake lens on it for quick access and shooting, and I’m going to keep my smaller Speedlite in the case also. I may pick up a mini tripod, too, for self-portraits on the fly. We’ll see how far I get with this; I fully do not expect to get through the whole year. If it helps take me in some new directions, though, I won’t mind if I fail at the overall length of time I manage to pull it off.
Anyway, here’s Day One’s photo ( day one technically was yesterday, BTW):
This is a purse I bought at, of course, Free People while at the Galleria with my best shopping buddy Thursday. Now, I just bought a nice Coach bag two weeks ago, so I did not need a new purse. But on our way out of the store (I’d already been to the counter and made a purchase), we spied this bag hanging on a wall, and it looked nice enough for us to check out (it’s called the “Slouchy Vegan Tote,” and you can get it here). The first thing we noticed was that the purse is totally reversible, which is really cool. Then Candace peeked inside, and excitedly pointed out that it had a second purse tucked inside it. The second one wasn’t a purse exactly; it had no handles and looked more like an iPad case, but it was a little bigger than that. Then, we noticed it had a third purse; a little makeup bag that attached to the outer straps. Well hell, if you include the reversibility factor, that’s four purses for the price of one! And, the price was nice, because it’s not leather, but a totally vegan faux-leather that’s buttery soft and looks awesome. I did not need this purse at all, but it was too cool to pass up. So there you go.
When deciding around 11 PM to do a 365 project, I thought immediately of making my first shot be one of this purse, because it reminded me of a matryoshka doll with these three different sizes tucked one into another. So, I tried to get that stacked effect in the shot; then, I used my new Nik Collection filters to give it a double-exposure effect. I had to work quickly to get the shot in under the wire; I got it uploaded at about 11:45 PM so I was able to consider July 31st my Day One. Yay for meeting deadlines. We’ll see what tomorrow brings with this!