Why I didn’t want to do a 365… but did it anyway.

Why I didn’t want to do a 365… but did it anyway.

265 days down, 100 more to go.

I’ve wanted to do a 365 ever since I saw Alex Stoddard, David Talley, and Rosie Hardy embark on theirs.  So why did it take 5 years before starting my own?

 

“I can’t be as good as they are.”

Why does anyone start a project like this?  To get BETTER!  If you aren’t seeing progress in what you are doing, then you need to shift the way you do it.

Yes, talent plays a huge role, but raw talent without refinement will still leave you frustrated knowing you can accomplish more.  Work hard so that your abilities can do your ideas justice!

 

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“I don’t have the time.”

Oh really?  But you have time for that tv show, for surfing the internet looking at cat videos, for looking at other people’s work despairing that you’ll never be as good as them?

Trust me, you have time, it just won’t be the same amount or type of time every day.  It could be 10 hours on a Saturday and 1-2 hours every weekday.  You might need to shoot a week’s worth of images in one day, plan ahead.  You have the time, but you need to sacrifice less “worthy” things and prioritize yourself.

 

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“I will probably fail.”

Take that word off the table.  Don’t give yourself “failure” as a viable option.  Every day may not be the best work you’ve ever done, but we need the hoard of “mediocre” pieces to teach us how to make work that really soars!

Give yourself permission to learn and make mistakes, but don’t let the possibility of failure keep you from ever starting.

 

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“I could never have that many ideas.”

Remember when you were a kid making up stories, playing make-believe?  That’s still in you, so wake your imagination up by exercising it.  The more you work your mind, ideas become natural, and your way of viewing the world shifts.

One idea creates the bridge to another.  Train yourself to see possibility.

 

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“I spend days away from home too much.”

Ok.  Then shoot and edit in advance for those days.

 

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“I’ll have no time for friends, family, or a social life.”

Bring them into the project!  Take photos and go on adventures with them.

The time you spend hiking, exploring, and laughing over how weird a shoot is will be more meaningful than a Friday night party or binge watching on Netflix.  This project would not be the same without those crazy adventures and support of my friends and family.

 

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I started this project because I was tired of feeling stagnant.

I didn’t get a job as an art teacher.  I didn’t get into an MFA program.  I was standing still while friends were seizing opportunities.

What’s changed in the past 265 days?

I was offered a job teaching photography as an adjunct professor for a semester (and loved it!).

I reapplied and got into that MFA program, tuition covered.

I’ve shot an editorial for a magazine.

I made a mermaid tail (just because).

I’ve been to some of the most beautiful places New York has to offer.

I’ve met some amazing photographers from around the world.

I’ll be hosting a meetup at the end of the week.

I’ve created my best work yet and am finally developing a style.

I’ve experienced real, difficult, and exciting change.  I worked for it.

And it is worth it.

What will the next 100 days hold?  At this point, who knows?  But I’m excited to find out.

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