Black and white photo of tulips in a glass vase. Photo by Reghan Skerry.

Project366: #261-270

Photography

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.)

And yet.

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.

Anyway.

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.

(Project366 runs from 23 January 2019 through 23 January 2020. I’ll posting to Instagram daily, and rounding up the photos here every ten days.)

5 thoughts on “Project366: #261-270

  1. Hi. Heres some ideas to consider if you want to carry on. I’ve done multiple photo a day projects and I found that after the first year I needed to stretch myself too. I tried limiting myself to a theme (sometimes monthly), a particular lens, to black and white, a genre or technique. There are also projects like the 52 week project which has a weekly theme (https://dogwood.photography/52weekchallenge2019) or places that have daily prompts like Photoblog.
    They all helped me to progress in some way. I still take photos every day but I just don’t post them unless I feel like it.
    Hope this gives you some ideas!

    1. That does help! I tried a (self-directed) 52-week project a few years ago, and it… didn’t go well. On the other hand, the 100-day black-and-white challenge I set for myself last year was fantastic.

      I’ve got some time to think about it, but I really do like the idea of setting a theme for each month. If I plan ahead so I’m not stuck trying to come up with ideas at the last minute, that might be perfect. Thank you!

    1. Yeah. I’ve managed to avoid Facebook itself, but that doesn’t mean much if I use Instagram. I need to do some serious thinking about whether I want to keep it up.

      It’s good to know I’m not the only one thinking about this. 🙂

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