September 14th, 2010


A Year of Photography

About this time last year, I took the plunge and bought my first-ever DSLR. Having just come back from a tropical-island holiday (where I was thinking about photography) and spent the prior two months researching cameras (and thinking about photography) I was all fired up and went out to photograph things all the time. I’d heard of a thing called “Project 365” where people post a photo a day for an entire year. I didn’t want to commit to a thing before I knew whether I could deliver, but I figured if I started posting a photo a day and just happened to make it through the year, that’d be a happy coincidence...

Well, here I am almost exactly a year later. I’m not quite sure exactly when the 365 days is up - as I mentioned, I tried not to be too rigorous at the beginning, and while some months I posted more than quota, some months I posted less (generally because I hit my Flickr upload limit). That said, since the beginning of September 2009, I’ve posted 361 new photos to my account - I figure four more days, and I’ll be done.

Honestly, I’m looking forward to it. As much as I was completely on fire and enthusiastic about photography a year ago, I don’t feel the same way right now. Sometimes I feel like going out and taking pictures, some times I get obsessed with solving some particular programming problem, sometimes I just want to curl up with a book and read. Right at the moment I’m in a programming phase, and trying to do anything visually creative leads to frustration, resentment and pretty crappo results (as anybody who’s been following my Flickr feed over the past month or so can attest).

I do still like the *idea* of photography. Over the past year I’ve definitely produced some things I’m rather proud of - and I very much want to produce more images to be proud of in the future. Just... not right now.

So, if you could all unsubscribe from my Flickr feed for the next four days until I’ve gotten my shameful obligations out of the way, I’d much appreciate it.