I should explain what Project 38 is for those who aren’t aware. On my 38th birthday last month I decided to begin a year long photo project where I would take, edit, and publish a photo here on the website every day for a year. Now a month in I’ve decided I need to make a few changes to how it operates.
In this last month Project 38 has had one major benefit and that is that I’ve gone out and taken photos every single day whether I wanted to or not. It’s meant that I always have my camera on me and I’m always looking at places and situations with the idea of taking photos. I’ve turned getting out and photographing things into a habit already which was one of the major goals of the project. Once it became a habit the fundamental next step was to improve my creativity and photography skillset and I can already see the difference in both.
However, it has brought with it one significant problem that I can’t look past.
Because I set the project as take, edit and post all on the same day, there have been days where I’m simply not producing work I’m happy with. Whether that’s because I’m in the office all day and by the time I get home I’m scrambling to find something to shoot before I lose the light. There’s simply no planning or forethought and the work just isn’t very good on those days. There’s also been days where the only free time I have is during my lunch break in the office. Shooting in the midday sun within a small radius around the office again feels rushed and while I’ve gotten a couple of okay photos there’s not many I’d share if I didn’t have this self-imposed deadline.
Essentially what I’ve been doing for the last month is posting photos here, on a site that should showcase my best work, that I think aren’t good enough. So rather than continue with that and feel like I’m doing myself a disservice I’m going to change the project.
I’m still going to go out and shoot every single day. I’m going to explore wherever I happen to be with my camera and I’m going to improve my skills. Then when I have photos I’m happy with I’m going to share them here, in blog posts, and talk about them a little. So, I’ve unpublished the project page, but so you can see some of the photos I’ve taken over the last month, I’ve included a selection of them below.