- To use my camera more
- To try more things
- To improve through practise
- To start and finish a project
When 2014 was coming around I thought about doing some sort of project again. I debated doing a 52 Week Project but planned got bogged down with Christmas and other events. There was also another factor, my nature and personality. I tend to "go all in" on things and if there is any lull or downtime I often lose interested. I knew I would have a harder time doing something weekly rather than daily.
All of a sudden 2015 was looming. I really wanted to do some sort of project again. So I went with a Photo 365. I actually really started using my blog for it as well. This was good, I was doing something and even something extra (the blog).
So I thought.
I started to dread it. If I did not have the chance to get a photo early in the day I would get grumpy about it. I then had too many photos that were rushed at night. I had too many "I still have to take a photo" moments while getting ready for bed. As a result I became less and less pleased with my work. I was not enjoying it and I was not producing good work.
I stopped. I came to the realization that it was not worth it.
The rest of 2015 was just like any other year, photographically, after that point.
Late in 2015 I thought about projects again. I began to toy with the idea of a 52 Week Photo Project. I always liked the idea, I could do more elaborate set ups, learn new things, and grow more as a photographer than a daily project would allow me. I had looked up a few lists of what some others had done to see what sort of things they had done.
Then 2016 was actually here. I still wanted to do the 52 Week Project but had not formalized anything yet. I had mentioned to my camera club President that I was going to do this. In another discussion she suggested that we get club members involved. This was on a Wednesday in Week 1 of the year.
I agreed to write out the project list and to coordinate the project with members of the club. I decided that Week 1 would be a self portrait (I did threaten to have memberships revoked is anyone called it a "selfie") as that should not take long and we were running out of time for that week. I posted the project on our Flickr group and then the email was sent out to all the members.
In the first week there were 5 of us participate. That is not bad for Saturday notice! We have made this an open project for club members, join when you want, do not worry if you miss a week, and leave it when you want.