Last month I attempted Fat Mum Slim’s Photo-a-Day. I completed the challenge a few times and thought it would encourage me to get a little creativity in each day. Unfortunately, the timing was wrong. The semester was beginning and the weather was strange.
I captured about nine days before the possibility of capturing a photo every day in January slipped away. I gave up when I realized I was pretty much just “taking shots” and not actually “crafting” or “creating” anything. Here’s what I did capture as part of the challenge.
Day 1: Favorite Color—Purple, of course. An ornament on my Aunt Elaine’s Christmas tree.
Day 1: Favorite Color
Day 2: Delicious–Avocado. My favorite fruit. Yum!
Day 2: Delicious
Day 3: Circle–The circular ironwork on a mailbox. I know it’s more a nautilus, but you get the point. 😀
Day 3: Circle
Day 4: Animal–Ferret. Say “hello” to Gnash! He’s kind of a ham–or maybe just curious about the camera.
Day 4: Animal
Day 5: A Favorite Thing–Books! A tiny sneak peek at the books in our home library or the reason why I can’t be a minimalist.
Day 5: A Favorite Thing
Day 6: Me–A Selfie. I’m not into selfies, so I played around with the pic. A bit cheeky, eh?
Day 6: Me!
This is me too! Same photo. Different manipulation.
Day 6: Me!
Day 7: Time–Quotes in my planner on time. It was such a coincidence that the quotes in my planner coincided with the theme for the day! I had to capture it.
Day 7: Time
Day 8: A Wall–This is a part of the inspiration wall in my office on campus. It has quotes, beautiful images from friends and students, photos of family members, sunflowers, cards, and so much more. Eye and soul candy to get me through the challenging days.
Day 8: A Wall
Day 9: Mail–Beautiful postage from Senegal that I’d planned to use in a project and postcards and a letter with vintage postage that were “adorning” my desk.
Day 9: Mail
Day 12: Leaf–I captured the leaf photo late one windy evening. Bronze leaves against the black sky.
Day 12: Leaf
I found it boring, so I altered it. This “shows” the wind.
Day 12: Leaf
I “failed” at photo-a-day, but some good came from this failure. It freed me to have some photo fun at the New Orleans Botanical Gardens (I’ll share that adventure another time). (And) through this exercise, I learned that I want a more intentional photo challenge, one that is more than about a photo and a theme.
Thanks to Alice’s Grand Adventures, I found The Dogwood 52 Week Challenge. This challenge is manageable during the busy academic year: it removes the pressure to capture a photo every day based on a specific theme, and it’s about stretching and growing as a photographer. The assignments are “in one of three categories: storytelling, technical, artistic impression.” The good news is that even though we’re seven weeks into the year, I’m not late! The challenge is designed to begin at any time; it’s up to the individual photographer.
I’m looking forward to sharing the challenge with you each week.