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Photography OCD – Completing The 2017 Project 365 Photography Challenge


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.

The Project 365 Photography Challenge in January 2017 – Day 22, a spider lit with a strobe; Day 11, St Helena from the air; Day 31, the moon.


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.

The Project 365 Photography Challenge in February 2017 – Day 54, two cows test whether the grass is greener after escaping from a nearby field.


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 Project 365 Photography Challenge, island life in March 2017 – Day 62, the new bus stop on the Canister roundabout in use; Day 67, fishing boat ‘Amalia’ taking on ice before a trip to the sea mounts; Day 71, full water reservoir at Hutt’s Gate after drought in previous months; Day 89, formal session of Legislative Council taking place at The Castle.


The Project 365 Photography Challenge, island life in April 2017 – Day 93, first visit of St Helena’s new cargo ship MV Helena; Day 91, Extractor fishing boat on wharf for maintenance; Day 97, Atlantic rollers pound James Bay; Day 98, cruise ship ‘Astor’ departs without landing due to rough sea; Day 103, swimming pool out of action for over 6 months; Day 95, Lenticular cloud over St Helena; Day 101, MV Necklace drops crew member off for medical attention.


The Project 365 Photography Challenge – Much of our Project 365 is captured from our normal day to day activities like this, out for a walk near Longwood with Evan on Day 124, in May. Jumping the stream was too good a photo op to miss.


The Project 365 Photography Challenge – In 2017 we flew on an Airbus A380 for the first time. This was the moment before boarding the plane in Dubai and was our picture of the day for 21 June.


The Project 365 Photography Challenge 2017 – London baby! We love this city, it’s fantastic for photography. Angel underground station on Day 214, a cheerful Evening Standard distributor on Day 185 and the ever-changing skyline of the city on Day 257.


The Project 365 Photography Challenge 2017 – We make use of all camera types including the phone cameras. This buttercup picture on Day 223 was taken with our trusty Lumix DMC-FT5 compact.


The Project 365 Photography Challenge 2017 – Animals, birds and insects feature throughout this project 365. Pigs at Farm Buildings, St Helena, Day 61; masked boobies in Sandy Bay, St Helena, Day 361; swans on the Foss river in York, Day 230; an American Bulldog in London, Day 217.


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.

The Project 365 Photography Challenge 2017 – After dark is a great time for photographs. Day 193, The Swindon Dance School in England; Day 112, a starry night at White Gate, St Helena; Day 353, the Fire & Rescue Service on St Helena testing distress flares.


By |2018-01-15T15:36:44+00:00January 2nd, 2018|Photography Help, St Helena, Top 10 and more|8 Comments


  1. Chris Daniel January 16, 2018 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Thank you for some lovely pictures, especially the Snapshots of ordinary life in St HELENA. Good hunting for 2018!

    • WTSDN January 17, 2018 at 11:32 pm - Reply

      Thanks Chris, ordinary life pictures take on so much value with every passing week, make sure shoot some yourself 🙂 You won’t regret it.
      The hunting is good, thanks, just have to remember not to forget!!
      Thanks for the comment

  2. Julie fowler January 15, 2018 at 7:24 am - Reply

    Amazing work guys….looking forward to your posts for 2018 x

    • WTSDN January 15, 2018 at 3:28 pm - Reply

      Thanks Julie, have a great year. See you around.
      Cheers 🙂

  3. Patrick G Henry January 3, 2018 at 7:59 am - Reply

    Well done to you and Sharon for all the wonderful work produced during 2017, look forward to this year 2018 for further interesting readings.

    • WTSDN January 15, 2018 at 3:27 pm - Reply

      Let’s hope we don’t miss a day. Aiming for that 1000 around October.
      Thanks for the comment,
      Cheers 🙂

  4. Elaine January 2, 2018 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    Ha very INTERESTIng about the titles, I always wondered where YOU got the title names FRom 😊. Guess I’M not that gen up on current affairs 😊

    • WTSDN January 15, 2018 at 3:26 pm - Reply

      Yes, it’s a bit of fun but also has been very interesting looking back at the year and a good reminder of what all happened.
      Thanks for the comment Elaine.
      Cheers 🙂

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