I love seeing personal projects
by photographers I admire. 365 projects are a popular way for photographers (pro and hobbyist alike) to practice their skills, get out of their creative boxes and/or ruts, and document the moments that make up the “every days” of life. 365 just means a photo a day for a year. I love the idea of doing that. But I hate the idea of giving myself a task that could so quickly just become a pile of days I didn’t get around to – I admit I don’t think I could or would shoot every single day, and I’d beat myself up for failing to do it. Who the heck needs that?
But guess what? I am an artist: I can do whatever I want.
I want to be photographing more (even if it’s not every single day). I want to be capturing every day moments for the sake of honoring them, and safekeeping them. I want to put them on my walls. I want to revel in the joy of my craft.
So, my “not-365” project is, instead, my 360 project. As in 360 degrees – my world exists all around me and I want this reminder to look, to frame, to focus. The idea came to me reading The Open Book, an e-book by photographer Michelle L. Morris, who writes: “Everything around you is part of this one moment in time. …be in the moment, and absorb it all and then channel that into imagery.” There are no set number of days I have to shoot or images to produce. But I will aim to have at least one set each month to share, and I will challenge myself to see overlooked things, or to capture things I love but often miss catching on camera, to be fearless and shameless and present.
So here’s my first submission. Del woke up from a long nap in the happiest mood, and his cheeks were pink and warm, and I asked if he wanted to jump on the bed and let me take pictures. He agreed, and we played together for ten or fifteen minutes, till he was ready to move on. (I kept shooting, but I’ll save that set for another post.)
…these are definitely getting printed and framed.