[A pomegranate from my parents' tree.]
In 2007 and 2009 I did Project 365, which is where you take a daily photo for the entire year (and ideally post them for others to see). It's an idea I came across online, and it's more challenging than it seems. By the end of 2007, I was burnt out and needed a break, so I switched to Project 52 in 2008. Then I missed having the everyday photos and went back to 365 for '09. I loved being able to look at my Project 365 gallery and remember so many events of the year that I probably would've forgotten otherwise. Gifts in the mail, outings with friends, funny situations, etc. I recommend the project if you have any interest in taking pictures--it's fun, challenging and rewarding.
This year I didn't take on any year-long projects, but just allowed myself to photograph all kinds of random things and put them in my galleries like a digital scrapbook. I think Project 365 (and digital cameras :P) helps put you in that mode to photograph even mundane things. I'm not sure if that's good or bad.
Naturally, I'm refreshed and ready for a new photo goal for 2011, and I have come up with my project. I will take a picture of something I eat or drink each day. My reasoning for being so specific is because a) people seem to enjoy photos of food; b) I've been interested food photography and need lots of practice; and c) I'm hoping it will motivate me to cook even more and try new things for the sake of getting a unique photo.
I'm not going to post all of the photos in my blog since you probably don't need to see snapshots of Coke Zero taken with my cell (I know by now that there are good and bad days when it comes to Project 365), but I do hope to post some of my favorite photos from each week.
Do you have any projects planned for 2011? Have you ever done a photo project for a year?
[My mom's pumpkin pie with freshly whipped cream. Obviously I've been gearing up for the new year
with these pictures I took during my Christmas trip.]