Photography 365 – what does this say to you? Have you heard of this before? It’s a well known “thing” in the photography world, and one many of us undertake but soon abandon because – if I’m honest – it’s actually quite tricky. Most of us feel we need to start this on the 1st January, in any given year, but actually, you could start this project at anytime in the year because, all it is, is a photograph a day for an entire year. I’m proud to say I achieved this in 2016. I’ve only ever done it once and there were a few occasions where I didn’t manage to take a picture that day, or I ended up taking a picture of an inanimate object, at 10.36PM, having totally forgotten, but, if you can do it, or even manage to complete this project in part, you will be left with the most amazing diary of that time in your life.
2016 was, like any year when you have kids, a big year for us. One of the boys moved schools for year 3 and this was a big deal, for him and for us. It was the last year that my now year 10 boy allowed me to attend sports day and that’s a big deal as a parent! It’s something I really miss but have to respect his wishes. We holidayed, as we are always fortunate to do, in large groups, Centre Parcs for 24, camping for 52 and Levante in Greece for 27! Pokemon Go was “a thing” and J spent one weekend wired up to a pager with a transmitting device in his tummy trying desperately to find out why he was still having such bad reflux at the age of 7. We had lots of sleepovers for the boys’ friends and iPhones became a must-have amongst all the boys. We had sports days, BBQs at our friends, day trips to Southend, and lots and lots of photographs of the boys just doing the ordinary every day stuff around the house that is so easily forgotten. Birthdays, Christmases, paddling pools, reading books, adventures in our friends’ tree house, the list goes on and on and I’m going to share a lot of these with you over the coming months, starting with January in this post.
When I embarked on this project, I soon decided to write a diary entry, and these entries, along with the photos, are just the loveliest thing I have done. I spent weeks copying and pasting these entries to match the photographs and made them into two coffee table books that I look at time and time again.
This year, 2019, I am going to try and do this again. It’s going to be a real challenge, not least of all because all 3 of my boys now either hide from my camera or demand to be paid! Photography to them is a means to earn cash and one they exploit to the full, (“Mum – I only have £15 but the Fortnite thing I want costs £20 so how about I agree that you can take photographs when you want to and you advance me a fiver?” – and thats my 14 year old!!) but nevertheless, I’m going to give it a go and I think you should too. You don’t need to be a photographer or have a fancy camera. My 365 from 2016 (that year was actually a leap year, so technically it was a 366!) has a mixture of iPhone and camera pictures and it’s just fine, so give it a go. I always have my camera to hand, and this is key, make sure you can grab it at a moment’s notice, and just click away. Put the photos in the same folder or album on whatever device you use, so that you can keep adding to them. I put mine in a Facebook album and this was a great place to be able to easily add to, which I did weekly, not daily, saving up a week’s worth, or even 3 weeks’ worth, of pictures and uploading them all at once. Lots of my friends really enjoyed following along, and of course, lots were featured over and over again, as my friends and family are a big part of my life.
So, good luck! If you do start I’d love to follow along so please let me know.