But We Were On A Break | Lessons Learned From Project 365Posted by Kelly Buss on Feb 22, 2013 in 365, Blog | 7 comments
Taking a photo a day isn’t just about the photos. It’s about something that happens inside us. It’s about a transition. It’s about altering our orientation to the world. CY365 Team Member Kelly Buss‘ post begins a regular feature on Lessons Learned From Project 365. There are many. They are different for each of us. -Katrina Kennedy
I finished 2012 by completing my first 365 project. Yep, I did it. I took at least one picture every day for an entire year. While I was thrilled with my accomplishment, I was also thoroughly exhausted creatively, so I set my camera down for the month of January.
For the first week, I felt free. I breathed a sigh of relief and started looking for a new, challenging project. I announced my intentions to the world (actually only a few friends) and moved forward.
By the middle of January, I knew I had to pick up my camera again.
Photography was part of my daily routine. Like brushing my teeth, making my bed, or cleaning the kitchen counter, photography had become a habit. I felt as though my day was missing an important detail when I didn’t capture a shot. As one friend wrote to me, “It is ingrained in me.”
Without even realizing it, I discovered my 365 project was actually my personal journal. Although I only chose one photo to represent the day, I often took many, many photos each day. Several times my family has questioned when an event took place. I pull up my Lightroom catalog and discover exactly when we bought our baby chicks, planted potatoes, or went camping.
More importantly, I missed the relationships that were enhanced because of my daily photography. I missed sitting around the computer while showing my family what I captured that day, listening to their input, and watching them choose their favorites. I missed my kids saying, “Mom, you gotta get a picture of this!”
While I was sitting out of my project 365 in January, another friend wrote this to me:
Kelly, you must never put down your camera. You’re too good at capturing. I’ll take a risk at sounding extreme, but it’s almost as if you’re obligated to keep shooting… Your camera is just a medium to show your family what you see.
Her words challenged me. And she’s right. Some write letters, poems, or songs to remember their view of the world. Others sketch or paint. A few keep boxes and boxes of memorabilia.
I pick up my camera.
I’m going to do that everyday.