2016 Project 365(6): Intro and Week 1 Wrap Up

In 2016, I've decided to challenge myself as a photographer.  I have decided to do a Project 365 - or a Project 366 since this is a Leap Year - for 2016.   I do not want to to become too comfortable with my shooting style and would like to build my creativity by trying to see things in a different way.  One may argue that having a consistent style is important for a professional photographer, and I do not disagree.  However, a photographer should always evolve, and I believe this project will help me with that endeavor.  My clients will continue to see the same style from my work, but with some tweaks as I learn new skills.

The premise of  Project 365(6) is simple: Take one photo a day for a full year.  Sounds easy, doesn't it?  Seems like it would be: I have a camera on me at all times.  If not my DSLR or film camera, I have my iPhone.  However, when I look back over my photos from the last few years, I have not taken at least one per day.  I think that when you are living your daily life, moments that are "photo-worthy" may not always present themselves.  I am often rushing through the hours and trying to get things done, and do not take a moment to appreciate that even the mundane may be worth a photo.  My goal with this Project 365(6) is to change that.  

Many who take on this project will give themselves themes - either weekly or daily.  Others may aim to focus on certain types of photography - landscapes, portraits, even specific types of light.  As I am not much of a planner, I decided to start without a set list.  As the days and weeks go by, I might amend this, depending on how I feel about the images I am capturing and what I would like to learn.  For the time being, each image will be a glimpse into my daily life.  I kind of like this, because I would like to journal or scrapbook, but can never really find the time.  This project will help me look back on 2016 and remember what I experienced, even if it's just a small slice of the pie.  I plan on posting daily to Instagram and will do a weekly wrap up post for the previous week's images with a bit more detail on each here on the blog.  Images will be captured with my Nikon D750 or iPhone.  Please follow along and do share if you are doing any kind of photo a day/photo a week project.  I'd love to follow your project as well.

Here's to a great 2016!

Week 1: January 1-3, 2016

  A rather uninspired first few days.

A rather uninspired first few days.

This week was a short one, since the first of the year fell on a Friday.  It was also not my most creative.  

1.  This image was taken with my iPhone of the Spaghetti alla Carbonara I made for dinner.  I had a serious craving for it, had all of the ingredients for this simple dish handy, and was able to drag myself into the kitchen at 5 pm to be able to make it.  I'm lucky I got even one photo.  The day, for me, was spent in my bed.  To put it mildly, the party I attended the night before was one of the rare instances I let my hair down and had *too* much fun.  At 37, I just can't recover like I used to in my 20s, or even 5 years ago... Ah well, lesson learned.  Oh, and eat dinner before going out to a New Year's Eve party.  Another lesson learned: carbonara is the ultimate hangover cure.  
2.  By Saturday, I had recovered enough to spend my day reorganizing and redecorating.  I have a lovely collection of vintage milk glass, and have a stack of plates I'd like to hang on a wall in my former dining room.  I just cannot commit to the layout.  This image is a snippet from one of the layouts I created.  Still haven't hung them.  Taken with Nikon D750.
3.  Another rather boring food picture, but the day was spent on laundry - wash/fold/iron, cleaning up the house, grocery shopping, shuttling kids around, etc.  By the time dinner rolled around, I was beat.  Our typical Sunday night meal will be a cut up roasted chicken, this one was on a bed of lemons, onions, and thyme.  It looked lovely when it came out of the oven, and was really the most worthy event for a photo for the day.  Taken with Niko D750.

I'm hoping that I will find some more interesting opportunities to document this week.  Don't forget to follow me on Instagram and comment on this post if you have a project of your own.  Alerts for new blog posts will be up on Facebook, you can like the page to keep up to date as well.  Until next Monday!