I'm a bit behind on uploading week two. I took the photos, but I got caught up in the exhaustion of traveling to Louisiana for my Mamou's 75th birthday, and seeing my family, and then coming home, and so editing was sporadic for the last few days. So here I am, late already (but just on the blog post!). If you know me, I'm sure you're not surprised. Anyway —
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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