In January of 2010, I got a call from my brother, Joe. (Take a few minutes and check out his website. You will love watching his work.) He was starting a “365.” He was going to post a photo every day on Flickr all year long. I talked to him about how great projects are. “It’s not about the photos it’s about the process of creation,” I said. “That is something I’d love to do someday.”
I got off the phone and folded some laundry. I called him back and said, “I am going to start a 365 too. I’ll get a photo up soon.” Joe said, “I’ll look for your photo later today.”
I set up a Flickr account and posted my first photo that day.
Did I know what I was getting into? Not at all.
For my first 365, I started at the beginning of the new year in cold, dark January.
This time I’m starting on my birthday. The beginning of a new year that starts in the warm, bright summer.
There are many reasons not to do a year long project. Many reasons. You know them. You have them too. They are reasonable. (We don’t have time. Our lives are already full, full, full.)
Here is why I decided to do another 365.
About halfway my first 365 Project, I began to have confidence that if I showed up (got my camera off the shelf and looked around me) I would get a photo for the day. Every day, there would be something.
It reminded me of the story in Exodus of God giving the Children of Israel their daily bread: manna. Every morning they would gather the manna and there would always be enough. They couldn’t save extra for another day. They had to trust that the next day they would be provided for.
I’m starting a new 365 because I have realized that this kind of project feeds me.
What kind of project would feed you? What is keeping you from starting a creative project?
I’d love to have you join me. Comment below or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org so I can look for your photos.