This is a new and involved project I’m doing. It’s based on the photo project 365, which is an unaffiliated internet project where you take a photo a day for a year. The only rules are the ones you make on your own, other than taking at least one photo per day. But, it’s not for the faint of heart because it’s more of a commitment than you’d think. In our version of the project – ingeniously named Project 364plus1 by a friend to make it distinguishable – there isn’t a theme or particular subject….it’s just a picture of anything. It doesn’t matter when you start, just stick to it for 365 days.
I knew that if I thought about it too long, I’d chicken out of it for fear of the commitment that it involves. So, while getting drunk on New Years Eve, I opened it up to some photo-centric friends via a Facebook group, and took the plunge! We’re taking and sharing our photos pretty exclusively through Instagram (via #364plus1), although I’m also posting mine to Flickr for personal archiving. While each picture I’ve done has been through Instagram so far, I’m also hoping that this project helps build a better relationship with my DSLR.
Why do this at all? Hopefully to get better at taking pictures, and to have an awesome set at the end of it. Mostly, though, to have a visual record of things that I thought were cool, noteworthy, or visually interesting this year.
Now that January is close to an end, here are some things that I’ve learned so far:
- I like taking pictures of red things
- The Instagram filter Kelvin is worthless
- If you stick to your goal of a picture a day, you might get forced into stumbling upon something cool. I made myself go walking around my neighborhood to get a shot, and found something totally unexpected.