I have not completed a daily photography project since, literally, the day I turned 21.
When I started that one, it had been more than a year since finishing the last. My first 365 was started when I was about to head to England for eight months, about to start my first year of university. It was started when I received my first DSLR, as a way to learn more about using digital cameras (having spent the five years before with a point-and-shoot, and the summer with film). It was a way to record my day-to-day experiences. With those I was trying to become good. The second 365 was a series of daily self-portraits started the day I turned 20, and ended the day I turned 21. It was not to become good, but it was to document.
This is not to document. It’s not to become used to a camera. It’s to become better, and it’s to become grounded.
Things have changed for me since my last daily project. I’ve graduated university and started a full-time job in a field that is not photography and is more focused on words than visuals. I don’t pick up my camera on a daily basis anymore. When I do, it’s more diaristic — which isn’t bad, but it isn’t what I need right now.
I am starting this 366 to push myself. To, as someone put it a few months ago when talking to me about my work, “get good.” There’s a great deal of room for improvement — in editing, in intent, in subject. That’s the short of it.
So here we are. Here’s week one. I plan to update about once a week for the next 52 weeks. Not everything will be good, because not everything can be in three hundred and sixty six images. But I want to post them knowing I did the best I can.
I’ll see you around the 14th.
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