My photography was going through a bit of a lull, when I was pointed in the direction of Project 365. This turned out to be a wonderful opportunity and I have found it both inspirational and motivational.
The task is to take at least one photograph every day for a full year, which isn’t as easy as it first appears. Starting with great gusto, you very quickly reach a point where you have to think about what to take next.
Keeping going beyond this point however has its rewards. Your photography will start to improve and you will notice more and more things to take photos of via tuning in your photographic eye to the world around you.
A point of caution, if you start this journey you must keep it going, missing a day can be fatal, nobody will shout or rant or have a go, but miss one day and soon you will miss more and more.
It also has other benefits; keeping going gives you a great sense of achievement and helps instill a driving force, which could be used in other areas.
As of writing this blog post, I am on day 111 of the 365 and have it both challenging and enjoyable. Although I have a love of photography, there are few things that have grabbed my attention quite like this Project 365 has.
As proof to the world and mainly to myself, I use http://365project.org to post my daily images. I might not have posted every day but I have taken the images daily. The site allows you to upload your images, for free, along with other adventurers who have also taken up the gauntlet.
By browsing the site, does give ideas and by commenting and getting involved, shows you that you are not doing it on your own.
What about at the end of the challenge?
After 365 days, you don’t get a big fanfare, a medal or any other way of showing your achievement. What you do get in a sense of achieving a magnificent goal, which you should be quite rightly proud of.
Like all challenges, there are ups and downs but nothing compares with crossing the finishing line. How you achieve this goal is the same as eating an elephant, how do you it? A small bite at a time.
I am on this journey and it would be great to see there to.
This was an image I took last week-
Poppies in the Field – taken on 1st July 2011, to commemorate the Battle of the Somme 1916 and the Poppy Fields.