For a few years now I’ve wanted to start a “something-a-day” project to inspire a creative act on a daily basis. I considered a sketch-a-day for a while but never started. I was afraid I wasn’t going to have time since drawing can be a bit tedious for me and didn’t think I’d be able to follow through. But recently I stumbled across Project 365, started in 2006 by Photjojo, which challenges you to take a photo a day and post it somewhere online. That I can handle. I take lots of photos all the time with my phone using Instagram or Hipstamatic. So why not challenge myself to see the world around me with a closer eye and take a photo everyday?
I did a trial run for a week, starting on April 15. Yeah, I know most of these “something-a-day” projects start on Jan. 1 but why should a new year be the only catalyst? That’s silly. So tax day it is. Ha! Anyway, as the week went on I found myself getting more into the project and looking closer at my surroundings for the next photo of the day. Last night I made my Project 365 set on Flickr and so, there we are, I’m fully committed to this now for the next year.
I’m really excited to get into taking photos again more regularly, even if it’s just with an Iphone. A few years ago I would have scoffed at such an idea. I was such an advocate for only using film (much like I used to believe that letterpress should only be printed using hand-set type and metal plates). But I’ve moved on from my Luddite ways and I’m okay with that. Why limit myself! So I’ve found myself really getting into Iphoneography (as they call it). It’s just as fun as taking pics with plastic cameras with equally as unexpected results.
I’m going to share my favorites each week or so here on the blog. So stay tuned. There’s lots more to come this year. Or you can follow along more closely on Flickr where I’ll be posting the day’s photos regularly.