Wednesday, March 02, 2011


Back in July of last year, I began a project I called 365-ish and on January 1, I quit. I gave up. Many photographers/Flickrites begin and successfully complete 365-day or 52-week projects where they shoot a photo every day or once a week depending on their project, and after about three years of watching others do it, I finally thought I should give it a try. At the time, I was out shooting for work nearly every day, so it was easy at first and kind of fun to show a bit of my ever-changing work environment, but after about a month it became more of a chore and suddenly I felt like it was making me a lazy photographer with a photostream full with iPhone photos. (Not that that's a bad thing, it's just not my thing.) So here I am, raising my official white flag of surrender, and posting a few of my favorites from the ill-fated half-assed project. It was (sort of) fun while it lasted.


Matthew Jasperson said...

Thanks for sharing. I've seen the multitudes of these projects out there and pondered doing my own. In the end, for me, reason dictates a projects significance and worth, and I just can't think of a good reason that would necessitate shooting something like this, personally. I've felt that I would just fall into capturing "stuff" just because I had to in order to keep the project moving...

Steph Parke said...

Hi Matthew,

Thanks so much for your comment. I felt the same way when I started seeing numerous 365 projects popping up years ago. I thought they seemed like fun and a good way to be sure to shoot something daily, but never quite felt right about starting my own. Then something clicked for me last summer and I found myself beginning one, but quickly the "This is fun!" feeling turned to "This is a chore!". You hit the nail on the head with your "capturing 'stuff'" comment. That's exactly what it ended up as for me, and I happily put it to rest.