One of the reasons I’ve been excited to get this blog up and running is I wanted to take a crack at the 365 day photo project. For those of you who’ve never heard of it, the 365 day photo project is essentially a photo essay of 365 days in your life told in photos.
In particular I see a lot of photographers these days ranging from pure amateurs to top professionals keeping these series up. The point as most would tell you, is to take a photo each and every day for a year. This is meant to help you improve your skills and give you something to look back on as every day of the year would be accounted for. It’s a phenomenal project for anyone to undertake. However, I have a few problems with how this project works in relation to doing it myself.
First and foremost, most people’s daily lives are spent in the same places over and over. So after even a short while the pictures all start to look samey. You start getting things like pictures of the kitchen sink or the family pet over and over. Don’t get me wrong, those pictures can at times be phenomenal works of art in themselves. Some people have become master’s of finding new ways to look at even common household objects. I personally will probably post a few of my family pet throughout this project but I would really like to show some of the amazing stuff I’ve seen around the world and not just in my own living room.
Second, assuming you’d like to overcome the first hurdle, undertaking this kind of project means carrying a camera with you every single day. While that might not seem like a big deal, that extra added weight can be a pain when you are busy commuting or grocery shopping or picking kids up from school etc. It’s also easy to put down and forget said camera in the midst of moving about your daily activities. While I carry my iPhone with me everywhere which has a camera I use quite frequently, it’s more important for me with this project that I have the use of my SLR cameras so I have more control over how my final image comes out. An SLR camera would mean having to carry around an extra bag most likely (forgetting lenses!).
Third and arguably the least pressing issue of the bunch is managing to actually post these images daily. I don’t know how busy you are but I for one am often slammed as of late. With getting Pete Labrozzi Media off the ground from part time freelance work to a full fledged LLC, I have to spend my time wisely. An activity like this is great for showcasing your artistic abilities but does it come before getting work done for a paying client? No sir! That’s not even taking into account things like trips or emergencies that can seriously put a pothole in your blogging road. That’s why I almost always notice people falling behind in their posts and for some, falling so far behind they lose interest in and abandon their project altogether, which is heartbreaking. I know from experience that it can be hard keeping this type of thing up, so hopefully the way I am doing it will allow me to post images ahead of time with a scheduled post time instead of racing to catch up after the fact.
So I started thinking about this seriously. How can I undertake such an immense project while overcoming all these trouble spots? The answer came to me pretty quick when I realized I have literally years worth of imagery that almost no-one has ever seen. Photos that I am very proud of and would love the world to see. Why should I go nuts trying to find interesting subjects, capturing, importing and posting every day when I have a library of beautiful and unique moments from time I could just as easily share?
Thus is born what I am calling, “The Reverse 365 Project“. For the next 365 days I aim to post images I have captured over the past few years for your enjoyment.
Well, wait a minute! What about being able to look back a year from now on all my work and retrospectively realize how I’ve grown as a photographer? I say, why wait a year! The first image I post, starting today, is giving me the chance to look back several years and recall both the fond memories associated with the picture and to really give it a second look to see how far I’ve come since. It’s a lot of fun searching through thousands of photos to find the gems that stand above the rest. In essence the Reverse 365 Project has everything you could want out of the regular forward moving project, but backwards.
With all this said, I hope you enjoy the Reverse 365 as much as I have enjoyed making these images.
Visit the blog home every day to see new posts or see an archive of all the exisiting posts here: http://petelabrozzi.com/category/photography/reverse-365-project-2010-2011/
UPDATE: I just wanted to clarify, I’m in no way trying to knock the regular 365 day project. I have seen some amazing stuff from some amazing people. I am mostly joking in the points I make above, but just wanted to point out my own personal reasons for avoiding the forward moving version (as I’m worried what I say would end up being what I was posting if I did it that way).