I am not a 365 person. . . . I can do a P52, though, so I’m modifying my goals to a P52. I can pick up the camera for at least one day of photography.
I have a couple of things I am working on—Kim Manley Ort’s “Adventures in Seeing—The Book” and Emma Davies’ “A Year with My Camera.” These are guiding some of the technical aspects of my photography. In addition, I draw prompts from Katrina Kennedy’s CY365 and Denise Love’s P52 prompt list. As you can see, I pick and choose. By establishing these guidelines for myself, I take the pressure off. Committing to at least one day of photography a week is doable, and it removes the “guilt” when I miss a day. Being open to a number of ideas also takes away guilt.
In addition, I’m committing to a “theme” this year. At first, I planned to focus on a year around the ponds here behind the house, but yesterday, while walking through Dreher Island State Park, I decided that perhaps I can expand the idea to “Beside the Waters”—not just the waters of the ponds, but to other places where water is important: Lake Murray, the coastal creeks around the Bennetts Point area, mountain creeks, Broad River. You get the idea. (I wonder if this fascination with water and the affinity with it is because I was born under the sign of Pisces?)
A question people often have about photo projects is what to do with the photographs. I have been a scrapbooker for a good many years, but have gotten out of the habit. I don’t make elaborate layouts as I did when the boys were at home and I was keeping a family scrapbook. Now, I tend to make mini-albums. And I am created one for the month of Janusary. I have a Canon Selphy 1200 printer to print out 4 by 6 prints here at home. It’s a wireless printer, which makes it portable. And, IF my phone would connect to WiFi (It’s supposed to, and it did “once upon a time”), I could even print images taken with my camera phone. I use the BeFunky online photo editor and collage maker to make photo collages. Sometimes I use the 4 by 6 print, and sometimes, I cut the collage into smaller pieces. Then I simply glue them into my January mini-album. I’m working on dating each page of photographs. At some point I will add some journaling, whether I write directly on the page or use a tag or journaling card to tuck into one of the envelopes I created when I made the album.
While some of my pages are “daily”, for the most part, I’ve kept to the P52 idea (at least one photograph a week). When I finish this book, I will start one for February.