Photo Of The Day: Here’s Where Six Months Went
PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT 366 AT HALFWAY | Darrin Henry
Any good editor is often required to be ruthless, whether it’s trimming a news report, cutting a film or, in our case, selecting final photographs. Editing your own work is harder as you’re emotionally attached, but deadlines, print space, time and word count allotments require ‘yea’ or ‘nay’ decisions to be made quickly.
Photo Of The Day
Six months into our photography ‘Project 366,’ we’re halfway there, in calendar months at least and it’s a great feeling. A relief as much as anything! At first we worried we might forget to pick up the camera on any one day. After passing 100 days of Project 366 it sort of became automatic to think ‘photo of the day’ each morning.
On the other hand, choosing just one picture when we have plenty has often been a headache. Worse if both of us have been shooting that day. Whose will it be? That’s where the editing dilemma comes in on this project; choosing a single image to represent the day.
Choice is a wonderful thing but too much of a good thing…
What Is Project 366
A Project 366 (leap year) is a major undertaking, making the commitment to capture a fresh, interesting picture every day. And we’re not pulling from archives; we’re strict about shooting the content within that same day.
When we’re out and about it’s usually easy to capture a selection of images. However, you can normally tell when we have been at home all day or struggling for inspiration. These are the days we photograph still life: pegs, spice bottles, the filament in a light bulb or a bowl of fruit!
The immediate landscape surrounding our house has also become a ‘safety net’ resource, late in the afternoon when a photograph is still required. We are lucky to live in the countryside, surrounded by flowers, trees and great views, especially the gorgeous Atlantic sunsets.
Sunsets and everlastings have come to our rescue on a couple of occasions!
A Bay Watch Kitten On Day 53
The picture titles in Project 366 are mostly abstract, referencing world affairs, or events and personal experiences here on St Helena. Funny thing is, these titles are sometimes as difficult to choose as the pictures! Some are obvious, ‘Orlando Pulse’ on Day 164 was the day of America’s worst mass shooting in a Florida night club. Others, not so obvious. Day 53’s picture of a kitten is called, ‘Bay Watch’ as we had spent the afternoon taking pictures in Sandy Bay. The caption ‘Eliza’ on Day 70 that goes with a crayfish is actually the name of the boat we were on at the time.
One of the most interesting by-products of doing a Project 366 is a friend has now introduced us to a video version of the project, which I’m sure we’ll be trying in 2017. Watch this space.
Entering into the second half of the year our biggest fear, once again, is forgetting to take a picture one day or discovering a corrupted memory card too late. Fingers crossed!
Would you consider doing a Project 366? Or perhaps you are already, if so, let us know how you’re getting on.