Photography OCD – Completing The 2017 Project 365 Photography Challenge
EVERY DAY SOMETHING MAKES US SNAP | Darrin Henry
It’s not quite a Disorder (I don’t think), but photography, once in your bloodstream, can prompt that OCD kind of behaviour at times.
We’ve successfully completed our second consecutive Project 365, a photo-a-day mission to wield the camera every day of 2017. We’ve become slaves to the Groundhog Day cycle, striving for that satisfying fix when each day’s picture is in the bag and we can rest easy.
From 1 January 2016 we’ve now captured pictures on 731 continuous days.
So what? I hear you say!
Why not? you hear me reply!
A Project 365 if done properly will improve a photographer’s skills like nothing else, as we’ve already blogged, and a year on it’s still true.
What Is A Project 365 Photography Challenge?
A Photography Project 365 is basically a commitment to capture one new picture every day for a full year.
Photography challenges come in all shapes and sizes. In the early days we sent prints (or negatives) through the post to enter photography competitions. Now the post is digital and there are a lot more options.
Social media games are popular; upload one nature picture every day for a week, for instance, and nominate a friend to go next. That’s fun and easy to achieve.
At the other end of the scale I’ve seen time-lapse videos where a parent photographs their child every day of their life for 18 or more years! Now that takes some serious stamina. Amazing results, mind you.
So in comparison a Project 365 photography challenge is more doable, but make no mistake it’s still a biggy; a full year of a daily commitment to capture an interesting image. The topic could be themed or random.
It must, though, be a new image shot in each daily period, midnight to midnight. Relying on archive images, or pictures taken on a different day, completely defeats the whole exercise – fake news!
And that’s it, the concept is quite simple really. It’s then down to the individual how creative they want to be and whether it’s a private project or something to share.
Photography and News Highlights of 2017
We completed our first full year project in 2016. Our 2017 Project 365 has once again produced a vibrant pictorial calendar of the year, a fascinating tapestry of moments and memories that happen around us.
Historically for St Helena we’ve recorded some key events – first call of the MV Helena (Day 93), the first commercial passenger flight (Day 123) and the launch of Rosie’s Bar and Restaurant (Day 342).
Travel pictures have dominated the summer – the stunning Hagia Sofia in Istanbul (Day 175), horse racing at Newmarket, UK (Day 210), historic York City (Day 229) and flying the Emirates Air Line across the Thames (Day 247).
Photographic excellence has been in there as well, days when we purposely set out to capture or compose something special – The Shard at night (Day 225) in London, a Lenticular cloud (Day 95) on St Helena and skateboarding in Bristol (Day 278).
The open brief for topics means much of our daily content has been a reflection of our own day-to-day lifestyle and random occurrences. On Day 54 we looked out the window to find two cows which had escaped from a nearby field, now grazing in the neighbour’s yard. A round of golf with my dad (Day 68), a family wedding (Day 189) and some of Sharon’s lovely mince pies (Day 337) fresh from the oven.
The Title of the Day – What’s A Dotard?
Regular visitors to our Project 365 will have sussed the day’s titles are not directly linked to the picture. Mostly the titles refer to world events of that day although, admittedly, sometimes they’re a little cryptic. Although we’ve tried to keep a balance it’s been hard to ignore the stream of headlines generated by US President, Donald Trump. One of my favourites was ‘dotard’ on Day 264, the word used by North Korea’s President, Kim Jong-un, to describe the US leader during one of their verbal spats.
Project 365, 2018
We’ve now started our third consecutive Project 365, the year 2018 is here. It’s going to be fascinating to see how the days, weeks and months unfold once more in pictures.
Feel free to dip in at any time throughout the year to see how the project is going, the daily updates will once again be posted all the way through.