366 Days Project

12th November 2012
301 Days...and Counting

In January this year, I came upon an idea for a project which would involve documenting an entire year in photographs; to take an image of something; anything – everyday over a time span of twelve months. My initial feelings that this would be a straightforward photographic assignment would quickly subside as I considered in more depth the task which lay ahead. Indeed, such early preconceptions would give way to the reality of a significant challenge; something which would become even more pronounced once I had commenced the project on the somewhat random date of Saturday 28th during that month.
On that particular evening in Bath, a stunning display of light projections on the city’s Georgian architecture made for a gentle introduction to the project and would typify those occasions where photographic opportunities presented themselves in abundance. Much later on in the year, a week spent trekking on the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall would yield, albeit with more physical exertion, an even more plentiful supply of daily material.

So what of the other, more numerous days of the last ten months when my surroundings were slightly less exquisite? When lighting conditions could only be described as abysmal? Or on days when, in the absence of any discernibly worthy subject matter (or time and energy, for that matter), the motivation to take even just one photograph could prove nigh on impossible to muster? Herein lay the challenge; to capture, as far as possible, an aspect or scene from daily life regardless of my immediate environment and personal state of being.

Ranging from the personal to the banal and downright absurd, the steady flow of subjects for these daily photographs began to lay down a trail of the year’s emotions, happenings, places and observations in general. During spells of even the most creeping strains of inertia, the project was propelled along by the prospect of not knowing what the next day’s picture would consist of along with a growing commitment to the cause as the photographs amassed.

The traditional semi-annual failure of my ailing digital SLR camera earlier on in the year has had a significant bearing on the project as well being a timely reminder to invest in some new photographic equipment. Many of the photos have been taken with my phone, which, if not boasting optimum optical quality, has certainly leant an element of spontaneity to the proceedings which may have otherwise been missing. The various photography apps on the phone have also proved a revelation with Snapseed, Camera+ and 360 Panorama taking the place of the usual Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for the odd spot of liberty taking in the post-processing department.

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