Well that’s one month in the books for my 365 project. There were some days where the ideas came easy and some nights filled with tears. (Okay not that dramatic.) According to Lightroom I took 1244 photographs this month. I’m not surprised at that to be honest. In hindsight starting a photography project in January is not the best idea. Photography is all about light and January has around 9 and a half hours of daylight. So if you have a full time job like I do, and you commute, you can see how it’s tough to find the time to go out and photograph. Is it me or has the weather been terrible this month? It seems like it was raining every other day. It made going outside and making a photograph very challenging. I shouldn't complain, I made it through the month and I'm on to February now. Writing this review made me appreciate the first month of my project and I'm excited to keep going. So here is my review of January 2017...
This is a big one. There were so many times over the last month when I thought I had the perfect photo early in the day. Then for one reason or another I’d go out again and make something better than what I had. So the lesson here is keep going. Be prolific.
Expect the Unexpected
Another important lesson I learned is to go out and explore with an open mind. There were many occasions where I had a photo planned out in my head thinking it was going to be easy. Only to end up with something completely different from what I wanted, but better.
Don’t Take The Easy Route
I’ve said this in the last two blog posts and I’ll say it again here. The point of this challenge is to well..challenge myself. If I’m afraid or uncomfortable doing something different from what I’m used to, chances are I’m doing the right thing.
I Need To Get Out More
Unfortunately I’m starting to run dry when it comes to ideas that fall in line with my daily routine. There are only so many photo opportunities at work or in Bayonne. This isn’t a bad thing though. One of my goals for February is to get out and explore a bit more. Even a place as close as NYC.
Tori In The Street.
I didn’t pick this photo for my 365 Instagram post, In hindsight I should have, but that's okay. It’s still making it into the book. (More on that later) What I love about this photograph is the color combination of blue and orange. It's actually pleasing to our eyes and is often used in hollywood.. So look at me go!
The 24hr Sunrise
A cool concept that I was unaware of until I was standing by the lake in Williamstown. Two sunrise photos taken almost 24 hours apart, at different ends of the state. They look great on opposing pages in my printed book.
Unsplash NYC Meetup
Last Tuesday my friend L’Heureux and I (pronounced: Laroo) made a trip into the city to meet some of the Unsplash team. (More on Unsplash later.) Long story short on our way back to New Jersey we did the touristy thing and made a bunch of pictures in the new WTC transportation hub. I did something different and focused on something other than the beautiful architecture.
What Im Looking Forward To
Unsplash 365 Project
I’m also uploading one photo a day to my Unsplash account for 2017. If you don’t know what Unsplash is here are the details. Every photo on their website has a Creative Commons Zero license. This means you can do whatever you want with the photo, the possibilities are endless. The amount of traffic the website gets is great for photographers. In the past 30 days my collection of 60 photos is right under a million views. Yes a million... It is a great place for exposure.
365. The Book!
I’m also printing my favorites from this project into a book. Printing a photo gives it so much more meaning than looking at it on a tiny little screen. Right now the book lives in the form of a screw post portfolio. (I can add to it throughout the year.) But who knows, something more permanent may be on the cards when this is all over.