Less than one hundred days left to go in this particular project, and I’m starting to wonder what comes next.
I know that this sort of daily project does wonders for my photography. I’m proud of some of the photos I’ve taken over the last ten months, and I know that they wouldn’t have happened without the commitment I made to post something new every single day. I wouldn’t have gotten into the habit of carrying a real camera so often, and probably would gone days or weeks without taking a photo. (Just look at 2018.)
A simple photo-a-day doesn’t challenge me the way I want.
It doesn’t push me out of my comfort zone. It doesn’t force me to learn new skills or take risks. It doesn’t move me toward my bigger photographic goals.
And I have to admit, I’m questioning the value of Instagram. I like being there, and I absolutely adore the community I’ve found there—the feedback and inspiration is invaluable. I don’t know if I’d have made even this much progress if I wasn’t there. But I’m not comfortable with social media in general and Facebook-owned properties in particular. I don’t know if the nominal value I get is worth the gross feeling every time I’m reminded of the capitalist hellscape I’m propping up every time I open up the app. (Twitter’s no better, of course.)
I… might have got a bit off-topic there.
The point is: I’ve got less than a hundred days to go before this project ends. I need to start thinking about what I’m going to do when that happens—how I’m going to keep the momentum going, how I’m going to challenge myself in a way that really does move me toward my photographic goals. Those days are going to disappear faster than I expect.