A 365 Project (aka Project 365) is a commitment to taking at least one photo a day and, because the Internet, publish your best daily photo online. For 365 days; a full year. There are several online communities that support this endeavor—Flickr, 365project.org, tookapic.com—where one can join to get ideas, inspiration, and constructive criticism.
I joined tookapic because their aesthetic appeals to me. I have been thinking about an online photo project as a way to share my many photos taken over the years. I had imagined a format where I could post a single photo accompanied by a short story, a way for me to share my photos and write. Tookapic allows me to do just that, and in a community of people doing the same thing.
Posts can be shared to Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, or you can copy the embed code which I am doing for my posts here. I wish I could also share to Instagram because the repeated posting of the same thing each and every day is going to get old fast! I may have to find an IFTTT recipe that somewhat automates multiple posting.
Tookapic’s interface is clean, simple, and nicely showcases each photo. Plus, there’s a companion app you can use for uploading photos using your phone and interacting with the community. If you are interested in joining me there, check out a few User Stories and watch a video of photographers talk about why they started the project.
356 Project Goals
People start their project for a variety of reasons. Some are established photographers who want to improve something specific in their skill set. Some become photographers through the process. Me? I’ve been a wannabe photographer for about 30 years now. I fell in love with it in high school—the dark room was a magical place!—and have always had a camera.
My goals with this project are to:
- See if I have and can develop a skill set for photography
- Learn how to use my Sony Alpha A6000 in a way that satisfies me
- Stop aiming for perfection, follow my gut, and trust my intuition
- Commit to a personal project and see it through
As photos are basically captured moments of time and space between other moments in our collective human experience, “interstitial” will be the theme that guides me. I hope to incorporate something of “between-ness” in most photos.
There’s much more to what the theme means to me. I’ll post about it and link it here once it’s published.