Monday, May 7, 2012

My love of photography leads to a "Project Forever Photo"


I have been in love with photography from the age of 10 capturing all that I could afford to. When I started, it was in the days of film.  You paid for a roll of film with 12 shots or 24 shots for a larger roll and paid for processing of every print even if it looked blurred. At that time, you had to wait for prints to come back just to see what you captured, or missed, and it took a week or two to get them back. Before the local photo drop sites in the parking lots, or big box stores and even later  the one hour while you shopped stores, you put your film into a little paper mailer and you sent off your film to be developed. Then you waited and waited some more for the images to be printed and mailed back to you in another paper mailer. But in recent years with the ease and economics of digital, past the investment of the camera and memory card that is, one can take more images than you could ever need and might even cover the world if you printed each one taken.

How much do you love photography? Anyone that knows me well, knows I have been involved in a personal quest if you will, of capturing something on camera at least once a day. I started this on November the 9th 2010. When many were starting a Project 365 which is an image a day for one year, I kept dragging my feet in fear of failure. I love photography enough but what if I missed a day? That would make the world disappear! OK how silly was it to have worried over that? So, I gave in and started my photo journey.

How sad for anyone to set the bar so high to make that kind of pressure on something that should be for fun and practice and the accomplishment of doing it. Just simply start over and try later if you can not make it every day the first time. That is what I encourage others to do when they set out to do a Project 365. So do not be too hard on yourself and just try, try again. But for me and a tiny bit of OCD about this I wanted my own special project, something different. So when I started my project I decided to take a photo every day for life. I named it "Project Forever Photo" or PFP for short. Yikes you may say, are you kidding, one a day for life? I thought I might as well set it for that as much as love photography. That should be enough drive to make it every day.

It was exciting at first to see day after day and get encouragement on the photo forum from fellow photographers that I posted them to. But all to soon it became a chore. Ugh, would I make it, did I want to? Why did I take this on, this is nuts! I had ups and downs and came close to quitting many times. One night at a quarter to 12:00 midnight I realized I forgot to take my photo for the day, so I went scrambling to take my shot before the clock struck midnight. I made it but boy I was so panicked. Many times the shots were simple. Sometimes I  dragged my feet. The closer I got to one year along with the stress in my life I said I am done after one year. I was even encouraged by a friend to do so. That was the plan and I was somewhat relieved at the though of a finish line.

Then the day came I had made it to that one year mark, 365 days of taking one image a day. Yeah! I wipe the sweat from my forehead thinking I am done I made a year enough for a 365 project amount! Then came day 366 and I just could not stop. I originally set out for life and the next day came and one more photo and then the next came and so on.  I am almost 6 months past that one year mark and I am still going strong one photo a day, it feels so good to be back on track. I am still taking an image every day. Some days a rather meaningless shot other days I have something really cool to add to my POD galleries on Fine Art America for a chance to make a sale and pay one more bill.....and I realize it has been worth it so far. I feel better and I get more practice at my craft. I work at helping myself be able to cover some expenses when I sell one. I hope to continue my quest and work at getting better and even sell more along the way. The day may come when I can no longer take one a day but until then... onward and upward!

So if you love photography enough to give a photo project a try you may just be glad you did ! And if you hit a snag, and you will, pick yourself up, dust yourself off and keep trying until your reach your goal. You may even want to start with a smaller goal in mind to get your feet wet by trying a project 52. One photo a week for a year! I just love photography! Do you?

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Update to my story:
Somehow I missed taking my photo of the day yesterday. The very day I published this. I shall continue to take my photo a day as I would encourage anyone else to pick themselves up and dust themselves off and keep on going. I am saddened as well as disappointed by this mistake. What odd timing but things just happen. Onward and upward!

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