Well, it’s here. The finish line. I’ve completed an entire year of taking a photo every single day! I’ve been sitting on writing this post for about a week, as I’m not sure how I feel about it. I’m slightly sad to be honest, as I’ve become very accustomed to documenting our daily life with my camera. But I’m also happy that I won’t feel obligated to shoot & document even the mundane days – that got old certain times of the year, and keeping up with editing and which day was which was also a bit difficult at times. I put together a little movie/slideshow and watched it with my hubby last night, and it was so rad to see days I would’ve otherwise forgot, and also see my growth as a photographer. I started out this project pretty focused on composition, and a nice sharp photo. My editing was a bit inconsistent, as I was fairly new to Lightroom. Sometime around the holidays you starting noticing a change. Photos had a bit more intentional blur as I had learned about a lovely technique called freelensing, and I had also bought a lensbaby. My photos started feeling even more like memories to me compared to simple snapshots. As 2016 progresses I started editing a bit more consistently and by summer (my last couple months of this project) I continued to be inspired by light and other new techniques as not to get too bored. In the course of a year I only bought two new lenses – a lensbaby, and a $50 vintage lens from Russia. I used the same old camera body I’ve had for five years, and my beloved 24 mm and 85 mm primes. I took 8 of the shots with my phone, 357 with my big camera. I haven’t counted but I probably took about 10,000 photos. Maybe more (not all just for this project, obviously haha!). 😉 Over the course of a year I realized I’m most drawn to imperfection. Hazy memories. Real, candid moments versus a staged smiling photo. I’m in love with photos I want to know more about, that fill me with wonder.
So fast forward to today. I haven’t taken my camera out much this week. A short hiatus I suppose you could call it. I’m leaning towards another 365, but starting January 1 this time. Stay tuned, I’m sure I’ll think of some new project.
But enough of my rambling. Below you’ll see last week of this project. It was a real doozy, just absolutely amazing, as I got to summit a mountain I’ve been itching to hike up for years. I also added the video I made at the end of this post (with music by the talented Tony Kaltenberg), if you so feel inclined to watch. Thanks for coming along this ride with me, friends.