How To Use The Project 365 Idea ListPosted by Katrina Kennedy on Sep 27, 2011 in 365, Blog, Idea List, Photography | 7 comments
So, you’ve downloaded the 365 Project inspiration list and you are ready to go create some photographs.
- Do you print it and carry it in your camera bag?
- Do you mark each off as you take them?
- Do you hang it on the refrigerator?
There is no wrong way to use the list. Here are a few things I like to do with it.
I love to have it printed hard copy. I like how tangible and real it becomes then. Perhaps that is indicative of my age, born into the paper culture. Maybe not. I look at it each morning and let it set my focus for the day.
I don’t necessarily seek out the prompt for my photo, but I let it guide my creativity.
Consider the prompt PLAID. I honestly thought there was no plaid in my house. I know there is none in my wardrobe.
In my plaid-less stupor, we left the house the morning of the prompt with PLAID, emblazoned across my thoughts.
And then I began to see it. It popped up at me in the strangest of places.
There was the woman with the plaid purse perched on the chair at Capitol Dog, our local spot for vegan hotdogs. I didn’t photograph it, but I thought about all of the ways I could.
There was the little boy who bounced out of the bounce house with plaid shorts on. Once again, I didn’t photograph him or his shorts, but I thought about ways that I could.
And then I cam home. I’d taken many others shots throughout the day. And from those, one was destined to be my photo of the day. None are plaid, but they were inspired by plaid. Inspired because I set out into the world ready to see. Ready to scavenge something that I might not have otherwise been looking for!
You know how that happens. You buy a red car and you suddenly see them everywhere. Someone mentions a restaurant and then suddenly you see ads for it everywhere.
That is how the prompt list works. Just gets you thinking and seeing so that suddenly everything around you has the potential to be your photo of the day on this day.
And then as you type you’ll realize you do have a plaid thing in your life. Every day your husband and your son put on button up short sleeved shirts. Friends call them, “Shea shirts,” because he wears them so often. And yep, they are plaid. I can see them hanging in the closet from where I sit at this very moment.
Funny how inspiration can be right in front of you!
How do you use the 365 list?