Thursday, 28 April 2011

The Abandoning of Project 365

So, for those of you who have read my blog before (or, indeed, if you're my contact on Flickr) you'll probably be aware that I started Project 365 about a month ago and, as you can probably guess from the title of this post, today is the day that I'm announcing my quitting of said project.

I decided that, rather than writing a lengthy description on a photo on Flickr explaining why I'm quitting the project, I should write a blog post explaining the situation that I could just post a link to, which would save time and effort in the long run.

The main reason for quitting my 365 is actually the same reason I was doubting starting it in the first place: I ended up taking photos because I had to rather than because I had an idea and wanted to take a photo. The second- and arguably more important- reason is college. I have a total of 12 days before all of my artwork has to be completed and the art exhibition goes up. I also have 19 days until my first exam. I desperately need to do well in my exams to secure my place at Winchester university and, although in maths I'm pretty much guaranteed to get an A, grades in my other subjects are much less concrete. Especially since my confidence in my English grade has been knocked after finding out that I didn't do so well in my coursework.

Anyway, pretty conventional reasons for people to quit their 365 projects. Sorry I couldn't be more original.

On another note, I've decided to try and update this blog more frequently and my Flickr less frequently, reserving my longer photo descriptions for this blog. Which basically means that, rather than boring my Flickr contacts all the time, I'll be boring my blog followers instead. But only 4 people follow my blog (including myself) so it isn't a big deal. :)

Monday, 4 April 2011

Project 365

I realise that I've been neglecting my blog lately and it's mainly to do with not having anything to talk about, but I'll apologise anyway. Sorry.

If you're my contact on flickr (and you probably are) you'll already know that I'm nearly two weeks into project 365 (where you take a photo everyday for 365 days).
If you've been a contact of mine on flickr for a while, you may also recall me saying on several occasions that I wouldn't ever start this project. It appears to be a sort of right-of-passage on flickr and everyone who's anyone has done, or is currently doing, this project. So I conformed. Not for this reason. I'll explain.

Recently, life has become a bit mundane and, I'll admit, I've just lost interest in the world full stop. I just don't seem to care as much anymore. Everything is routine and nothing occupies my mind as much as things used to. Even my day-dreams have become a bit half-arsed. Some of my dreams even stop half way through and refuse to continue. However, I know that this year I will be going through the most changes I'll ever experience. I start university in september. I'll be moving away from home for the first time ever. I'll be 300+ miles away from home. I'll have to make friends from scratch. I'll have to learn how to budget. I'll have to learn how to cook properly. I'll have to get a job. Lot's of changes and adjustments.

I'd like to document these changes and I think starting the project now will give me enough time to get into the routine of taking a photo everyday before my world is pretty much turned upside down. I can't wait. :D

The reason I didn't want to start this project in the first place was because I knew that I wouldn't put the effort in, and my flickr page would just be overrun with photos that I don't even like. And, to be honest, that's how the project started out. But in these past couple of days, I think I've got the hang of it and am starting to take (and edit) photos that I'm really proud of.

I just thought I'd write a post about this and let you know what was going on with me, photography-wise.

Oh, and here is today's 365 photo, in case you're interested: