I did it! I can’t believe I actually did it. It took tremendous effort and was a huge commitment, but I actually did it. A whole year of taking photos - I’m going to conveniently forget about those days where there is only one, or even no photos, yeah oops…but at least I persevered rather than giving up.
How do I feel now it’s over?
To be completely honest, now it’s over, I feel immense relief. It was at a point (months ago actually), where it was becoming a chore and I just wasn’t enjoying it anymore. Instead of being out with friends and enjoying their company, or being at an event and soaking it all in, at the back of my mind was this little voice saying ‘You should be taking a photo of that for Project 365’. There are times of course where I ignored that little voice and just didn’t take a picture because I wanted to be in the moment and enjoy it, rather than be behind a camera (or phone camera, as it were).
Would I do it again?
No. It’s far too big a commitment. I know that sounds silly, it’s only taking a photo or two a day, but honestly, having to think and analyse every part of your day and going, ‘should I take a picture?’ can be extremely challenging and tiring. Don’t believe me? Give it a go for two months and see how you feel after the first month!
What I have learnt.
When I began doing Project 365 I’d read articles that said it can help you remember events throughout your life, and not just the big ones, like birthdays and other special occasions, but also the every day ones. That day you spent down at the beach, or a night at the movies with girlfriends.
To be honest, I don’t remember the past year any better than what I would have without the pictures. If I go back through all of them I go, oh yeah that’s right, I remember doing that. So in some respects the pictures aid memory, but only jog it when you’re looking at them.
I’ve also learnt over the past year that I much prefer to be in the moment, enjoying time with friends or family, watching certain events, etc, rather than having to take a step back, take photos and feel like I’m missing out on something because I watched it through the lens of my camera, rather than using my own eyes. It’s weird, it might only take a few seconds to snap a picture, but those few seconds feel like copious amounts of time I’ve just missed in real life.
All in all, I think it’s definitely given me a different opinion about taking photos to remember life/friends/family/events by. I certainly don’t think I’ll stop taking photos, particularly if I go away on holiday or something, there’s often time then to take a second and snap a picture, but if I’m in the moment, I don’t want to feel like I have to stop everything and take a picture for a project I’m working on, I’d rather just continue enjoying the moment.
Project 365 - Day 365 - 31st October 2012
See that date? Yup, today is the last day! Yaaayyyy! The last photos are there, again of my cubby hole walls; I’ve added a few ‘funnies’ to keep it interesting, and will probably add more as I come across them. God forbid I have to move desks any time soon!
I will also do another post at some point to sum up my experiences doing Project 365, so keep an eye out for that. :)
Project 365 - Day 364 - 30th October 2012
There is another fine example of how poor the camera is in my new phone. That brown blob in the middle of the photo, if you can make it out, is a horse. Up near work where I park the car is a paddock that actually has a few horses in it, but you don’t often get to see them hanging around so I thought I’d take a picture to show every now and then you get a glimpse.