Project 365

Thursday, 31 December 2009

The Concept
Ten years ago, my sister gave me a book for Christmas by the Italian photographer Frank Horvat. 1999 A Daily Report is a collection of 365 photos described by Horvat as a 'sort of self-portrait', a 'composite panorama' of his world, taken throughout the final year of the 20th Century.

Back then the idea of taking a photograph a day appealed to me, but the concept seemed difficult to achieve, time-consuming and costly. Ten years on, come the digital age and increased access to the Internet, I'm ready to give it a go, to create my own diverse documentary of the second decade of this millennium.

Cameras & Lenses
For the project I'll be using:
* DSLR Canon 450D
* Canon EF 18-55mm
* Canon EF 55-250mm
* Compact Canon IXUS 55
* Nokia 5800 Mobile Phone
Let's face it, I'm not going to be carrying an SLR around all day every day, so there are bound to be times when the mobile phone camera will come into its own!

Advice I'll be bearing in mind!
It's a long project, requiring motivation and determination. Here are some of the best pieces of advice I've come across:
1. Take a camera out with you everyday
2. Get comfortable with and really learn about how your camera works
3. Set up a system for organising and posting photos
4. Post photos at least once a week
5. Vary the themes of your shots
6. Never say I have nothing to shoot
7. Don't stop no matter what!

Some people have likened Project 365 to a Marathon - you start out full of energy and enthusiasm, but gradually lose steam, and if you don't check yourself you could fall by the wayside before the run is over. A slightly strange analogy perhaps, but it helps to learn from others' experiences and to be prepared for that stage - Days 20 and 60 are key hurdles apparently. I'll be joining a community of likeminded people on Flickr to keep me motivated!

Let's see how I do. The goal is inspiring and the journey a chance to develop creativity and technical knowledge.

Kick off tomorrow 01.01.10...

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