A new year, a new 365.
Back in 2013 I attempted my first 365. The goal was a photo a day for every day of the year. I got 108 in and then failed. Since then I have (almost!) completed 2 years. In 2016 I only missed one shot, but there were also 366 days, so technically… and I will complete 2017 in 3 days. If you want to step up your photography, do a 365. Every art, activity, job you do must be worked on daily, if you want to progress.
During my time doing daily photos, I have tried all kinds of themes, but every year I stop the themes because they are, at times, restricting. However, prompts are inspiring. They promote you to take photos you otherwise wouldn’t, as well as think outside the box.
But I need flexibility. The reason I fell from themes was I felt tied into an idea. Many times that idea didn’t fit into what would best remind me of that day. For example the theme would be architecture, but one of my boys may have a concert. The concert is what I really will and want to remember about that day.
I found a list from The Narrative Society that was ingenious. Instead of subjects, their prompts were technique driven. But they didn’t have an entire year’s worth of these. I decided to create my own list of prompts. I aimed to leave it open for a variety of subject matter, but instead focused on photographic elements and techniques. Many of the prompts will repeat throughout the year. This was purposeful. It will allow for progression and practice. Doing something once hardly makes you proficient. I also have some linked days where you pick something one day and the next day follows with one tweak.
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