December and the End of 2014

December 2014

December 2014

 

When I started doing the 365 Project I had this lofty goal of using it as a way for me to improve using my DSLR. A photo every day? If I thought I was ever going to be “a photographer”, a photograph every day should be a piece of cake! After all, it’s what I most want to do, and what I’m passionate about.

But, like most resolutions, this one started from a good place but quickly revealed itself to be something that would require a great commitment; more than I realised. Not just when I felt good, or when the year was fresh. Not even when I had a specific event, or an “excuse” to photograph something. The true measure of how committed I was came at those times it was hardest – when I felt uninspired, when I felt angry or resentful that I hadn’t been able to take a photo that day, and most especially when I felt down (I had a few really, really low points this year). And yes, in the beginning I did use my DSLR for a majority of the time but that was something that fell away the further along I got in the year. But instead of getting discouraged, or using it as an excuse – well, I’ve already ruined it now by not using my proper camera, I might as well stop – I forged ahead and used my phone. I really dislike the camera on my phone, and some photos were truly bad, but I still kept going. And on the days when I absolutely couldn’t take something, I made myself sit at the computer and edit something I had taken as recently as possible.

 

January 2014

January 2014

 

February 2014

February 2014

 

March 2014

March 2014

 

April 2014 4/12

April 2014

 

It became something that was deeply personal the further along it went. I felt as though people could tell how I was feeling, or what was going on in my life just by one small snapshot. It felt like the year, and time itself, was much more tangible when it was documented in this way.

 

May 2014

May 2014

 

6. June 2014

June 2014

 

July 2014

July 2014

 

It also felt like some days all I was photographing were leaves, or sunlight in between tree branches but I started to appreciate them for what they were. Photographs are so much more than the content. They are emotions, story, history. For that particular day, on that particular spot, for whatever reason that was what caught my eye. And so much of that depended on what was going on with me, both the big and the small. And it’s the smaller moments that we might forget as the year goes on.

 

August 2014

August 2014

 

September 2014

September 2014

 

October 2014

October 2014

 

November 2014

November 2014

 

December 2014

December 2014

 

I can also see differences in my photography from the start of the year until now. I think my eye is more honed, and I have a different sense of composition. I believed before I started that I “thought” like a photographer, but I think so much more in terms of photography now than I ever did before.

It’s the one thing that I have most noticed about doing this project and the thing that surprised me the most – driving home this evening, on the 1st of January 2015, I was stopped at a traffic light and saw the late afternoon Summer sun stretching lazily over a church on the corner of the street. And I clearly remember thinking, it’s a pity I don’t have my phone out, that would make a good photo for today.

I thought I’d feel the deep sense of relief once it was all over, but I don’t. I feel accomplished, but a bit empty now too.

So the 52 Project is probably a good idea, yes?

 

15 comments

  1. Definitely yes! What a year, so beautifully documented. Yes, indeed, the 52 project sounds like a wonderful idea.

    In 2012, our last leap year, I set out to make a piece of jewellery every day – 366 in 2012.
    It started out beautifully. January was a whirl of creative effort. Life, however, had other plans, and as my attention was needed elsewhere (full-time care of my ageing mother) I had to let it go.

    What I had accomplished in that first month though, that left me determined to try it again sometime, maybe in 2016. I’m not so sure about a finished piece each day this time. Maybe just a ‘creative daily’ type thing. It might be finished jewellery, or it might be something begun, or worked on, or a piece of writing, or notes on an idea. It doesn’t matter. Just something, anything, that requires commitment to the creative thought process, if only for a few fleeting moments in each day.

    I’ve also been thinking that a less demanding, more gently paced project, might be a good warm up.
    Like, maybe doing something this year. I’m not quite sure what, exactly, just yet – or even whether it would be weekly, monthly, or determined by something other than the passing days, but something.
    I don’t want to lose the momentum I picked up in doing my first little solo show in December. I have a need to make some sort of commitment to my creative progress, and stick with it.

    I’m going to stick my neck out here.
    I will, if you will.
    :D

    1. Hi Betty!

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! Making a piece of jewellery every day would be very demanding (I so admire people who can make jewellery), but what about possibly designing or sketching a piece of jewellery every day? Or keeping some sort of creative journal? So that it can encompass a bit of everything – a line from a story that struck you as beautiful, a design, a swatch of a colour that you like? I used to collect paint swatches from hardware stores.

      Congratulations on your show in December! I think you should definitely keep that momentum going if you can. I am fairly sure I will do the 52 Project; if nothing else it has been a wonderful way to blog consistently!

  2. Congratulations on completing your project, Meg!! It’s wonderful to see the year in review – all those pics documented. You did a terrific job, and I think a “52” project would be a great idea!!

    1. I have been looking at more of your images, and I love the emotion that is in them. There is something ‘other’ which I suppose is the ‘youness’ in them, the hand and mind if the artist behind the image captured. Your photos sing, and it resonates with me. Thank you for allowing the rest of us to share these private moments, and congratulations.

      A short time after posting my first comment, I had an idea for what my personal project for this year should be. It’s a far less demanding one than previous efforts, but holds possibilities that please me.
      I’m currently planning the first step, and letting the idea take shape as it will from there.

      I do hope you will do the 52 project, or some similar thing this year.
      It will be a joy to follow your progress.

      1. That is the most amazing compliment Betty, thank you so much! I try to put as much emotion as I can into my photos, even my convention photos. Sometimes that can be overwhelming, but more often than not it’s exciting for me.

        I wish you good luck on your own creative project and hope that if it is not too personal you may share it? <3

  3. Yes please for the 52 project! You know my thoughts about your photo’s and I’m so proud of you for keeping to it.

    As you know I started a “drawing a day” a few weeks ago but I already shifted that focus to a couple of time a week. I don’t want to rush myself or be mad at myself not being able to do this. And I’ve tried, but a drawing a day is hard and it doesn’t satisfy me if I can’t do it. If I don’t have any inspiration of motivation or energy to draw I don’t want it to become a “HAVE TO” thing, cause that’s something I won’t be able to hold on for a long time… And I don’t want to start resenting drawing, colouring, whatever. Cause I like it and I don’t want to ruin that with having to much pride or something ;)

    Anyways this isn’t about me, it’s about you! I really hope you keep shooting and posting your wonderful picture, they really are amazing and there’s so much to be seen in them. I’m so glad you pulled through the hard times and just kept going, that’s a very good quality and that means you’re such a strong person. Very admirable too :)

    The fact that you now see things and think “man I wish I had my camera on me right now” says something too, doesn’t it. It really is your passion to capture something, anything beautiful for you and you definitely should go through with it. Well should is such a strong word, I would really like you pursuing this and developing your skill even more, whatever you still like to change about your photography or editing skills, I would love to a witness of that process!

    Happy new year!

    <3

    1. You have always, always been there since the start of this project and I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am!

      Please know that there is no shame in wanting to take it easy when it comes to something like this. There were times during the year when I hated that I’d started it, and I felt like it was stifling me being creative. I think for me it worked as a driving factor because my anxieties mean I can “talk myself out” of doing something, and here I couldn’t use an excuse – I had to do it. Because I had people watching the blog I felt accountable. But it doesn’t work for everyone and the trick is finding something that works for you.

      Thank you so much again for everything xx

      1. Thank you! I know there’s no shame in it, it’s my project and I do it as I feel comfortable with. I had such enthusiasm to start, but when I create something I want to create it, and not because I feel obligated to to. And I know for a fact that I will not be able to do that for a long time and feel like that. So I’m glad I decided this and maybe I will create something everyday, or maybe not, all fine with me. As long I still have an interest in creating things.

        And you’re so welcome I’m happy to support you always :)

  4. i loved looking through these, and your right, some of them do feel very personal, but for that i feel the need to say thank you, thank you for sharing such strong emotion such happy times and beautiful moments of solitude. You said it PERFECTLY …….

    “Photographs are so much more than the content. They are emotions, story, history.”

  5. Congratulations on finishing the 365, Miss Meg! It really does make you notice and appreciate so many little things that usually just pass by when you’re constantly looking for that next photo, huh. Totally changes your perspective on the world. Isn’t photography cool?! :-)

    1. Phee! You were such a big inspiration for me with this and you probably don’t even know. Your scavenger hunt pictures and the way you creatively live your life – it’s incredible. Please never, ever lose that xxx

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