I started out 2015 in a pretty low place. Jobless, in a new country where I barely spoke the language, my comfort zone had long disappeared over the horizon. I decided to try a 365 day photography project with the idea of having something to keep me accountable and active.
The project didn’t pan out exactly as I had planned. I didn’t take a photo a day, but instead tried to focus on processing and posting a photo each day. Apart from a couple of short hiccups, I made it all the way to September before I got a little derailed. Along with a move from Germany to the Netherlands in May, I started a job in June. The job is fulfilling and challenging, and it’s easy for me to pour myself into it. The downside being that I’m busy. That busyness caught up with me and my photo-posting fell by the wayside.
This last month I’ve made an attempt to catch up a little. And, all in all, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved this year. I can really notice an improvement in the quality of my photos, both in terms of my compositions and my post-processing ability.
So, a bit of a recap:
Posts: 294 / 365.
That’s like 80%. As far as New Year’s resolutions go, getting 80% to a goal is more than I’ve achieved before.
My photographs have improved. I like my own work, and I find it a lot easier to visualise what I want a photo to look like when I see a scene out in the world. Despite not completing the challenge, I learned a lot about motivation and dedication. Motivation is easy when a challenge is new and fresh and you have a spark. It’s a lot harder to stay dedicated when you feel like crap and things aren’t going well.
Things that I would do differently:
I was pretty vague with the challenge I set myself. This made it easy to justify to myself that I was still meeting my own requirements, despite the fact that I was getting further and further from the spirit of it all. If I were to go back and start again, I would set myself weekly or monthly themes, something to keep the challenge fresh and well defined. I would also make more of an effort to describe my photos. Most of my photos were posted as is, but a lot of them represented very cool moments for me this year, and looking back I would have liked to describe what those moments meant to me.
My favourite photo:
I had many favourite moments this year, but I think the one that stands out in my mind is above. My first visit to Paris as an adult was amazing, and the reality of living in and travelling Europe finally hit home. The Eiffel Tower was an incredible sight, and the combination of engineering, architecture and art – along with an amazing sunset – really cemented the moment in my mind.
I’ve had a great year, and I’m proud with what I’ve achieved in my life professionally, personally and creatively. I’d like to thank anyone that saw my photos and liked them, or felt that they were good enough to stop and appreciate for a moment. I look forward to what I’m going to achieve with my photography in the future. I don’t think I will commit myself to another photography challenge, but I will make an attempt to keep updating this blog with posts that have a bit more meat to them. 2016 is looking bright.