"Take a picture every day for a year. Wow. That's a really awesome idea! And look at her pictures! She will know what she did every day this year for years and years to come!" I sat in front of the glow from my laptop. Oogling (yes, it's a word) over another photographer's pictures. Legs crossed over each other. Most likely munching on peanut butter m&m's and drinking down my 5th Dr Pepper for the day. (Yes, Yes, I know. It's not healthy..I've since cut back.) "I should do something like this one year. ...I should do that this year!! It's almost January. Yeah....I'm gonna do this! Take a picture every day. For one full year. I'll share it with my facebook family & friends. It'll be soooooooooo cool."
Did you know. There are three hundred sixty five days in one year? Yeah. Did you know...that's alot?! One year. That don't sound bad. One. Uno. 1. It's a small number. But really..it represents. Three Hundred. Sixty Five. 365. This is why, my friends, sometimes, a mixture of adrenaline, love for all things photography, and a pinch of naivety is good for one's soul.
The first month into this project, I was so excited. Taking pictures of everything around me. But by month 7. I was tired.
"WHY DID I START THIS PROJECT?!?!?!?!?" This has been shouted many times. And to be honest... still does. Followed with a loud "UGHH" and a few eye rolls. And about six times a week I wake up in the middle of the night from a mini spazz attack thinking I've forgotten to take a picture.
I've not forgotten. ...not yet....so...let's hope for more of those spazz attacks to remind me.
But now we are into month 11. (ahh!!) And I can't believe it's almost done. And now I get to look back. And see...what I did. Every day for a year. The places I went. The people I was around. (Sometimes, even the foods I ate) The project forced me to try and be original. Forced me to look at a place I had seen a million times. Had already taken a million pictures of. And find something unique. again. Sometimes I've been able to accomplish this. Not always. There are some pictures I look at and cringe..slap my face and think.. "Com'on Britney..that was lame."
So anyone who has a passion for photography. Or you've heard of the 365 project and think "Boy, I'd like to try that one year." Well...I'm here to remind you...January 2012 isn't that far away.. and I'd say the 1st would be the perfect time to start this project! And keep shooting! Don't give up! You'll learn so much, and even though there will be nights you're tired. Had a long day of work. Have the same creativity level as a headless chicken (I don't know why I said that....they're probably very creative..I'm sorry) and it's month 7 and you're wondering why you even started...keep on! Because if you can take a decent picture at that hour..in that condition....you can truly rock it out when you're alert, awake, and ready!
I definitely wanted to thank EVERYBODY who has helped me with this project! Every comment and like on any picture has been like a personal high five and "ra ra britney you can do it!!" (can you tell I was never a cheerleader in school?) To all who have just said such sweet things and told me I can do it. I give each and everyone one of you a HUGE hug and a virtual cookie. (because, let's be honest, they're better than anything I could bake.) A 365 project cannot be done without a support team....so THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU x's ten million THANK YOU!