Last year I wanted to start the popular Flickr “365” project which is essentially taking a photo of yourself every day for an entire year. There have been some absolutely fantastic photos taken by friends in their own 365 projects which I found very inspiring. Some of my favorites includes:
My motivation was to push me to take more photos and to encourage my creative juices to flow. However, after being so busy with work and other non-photography related things, there is no way I’d be able to do this for an entire year and still get the quality photographs I’d want to capture.
Instead, I’m starting the alternate project, called 52 weeks which is essentially the same thing except you post a photo once a week. I officially started 52 Weeks last week, with a photo I took while in Beijing.
Here is Week 1 of 52 weeks:
You’ll be able to track all my photos for this 52 weeks project with the 52weeks tag on Flickr.
P.S. – I fully reserve the right to ditch 52 weeks in favor of 365 at any point this year
Tonight was a set of firsts:
- My first self-portrait
- My first strobist photo I’ve done on my own
- My first strobist photo with a grid snoot (or snoot for that matter)
I wish the focal point was more on my right eye instead of the center of my face, but it’s damn hard to get it right when you’re balancing the camera on your knee with one hand and using the other hand to hold the flash with the snoot mounted on it!
This brings me this much closer to actually committing to doing “365“, which is taking a self-portrait every day for a year. Everyone in my photo group seems to be doing this and I’d be lying if I didn’t say that part of this really interested me. Besides, it makes it really easy to have a patient model when it’s yourself
However, I’m having a hard time believing that I won’t forget to do it once in 365 days, and I don’t want to rush them. With usually 9-11 hour work days for my “real” job, the last thing I want to do is feel forced to do my hobby. Then again, maybe this is the kick in the butt I need to push me to the next level in my photography pursuits?