Shedding Light On Your 2017 CaptureYour365 Project | Part 2

This is Part Two of a two part post. You can find Part One here.

After five years of taking a photo a day, what I have learned is that there is always more to learn!

At the end of each year I love going back through my photos to look for the stories of my life that I didn’t even realize were being written as I clicked one photo at a time.

We all have days when we feel like our photos are uninspired and have no real significance.  Those feelings may have been real on that particular day.  As you journey back, however, and look at your photos collectively, individual photos may take on new meaning, meaning that has been revealed over time rather than in the moment in which that one image taken.

My “go-to” shot on many of those days when creativity was not on the schedule was photos of my coffee.  Along with a photo, coffee is a part of my every day.  As I see these photos now, I realize that not only do they confirm my coffee addiction (not that that was in question), they also tell the story of the many simple, quiet, intimate moments that my husband and I share in the early mornings as our day is beginning, in the afternoons after work when we unpack our day together, in the evenings as we release the stress of the day.  These images are not so much about the the stories of the cups of coffee themselves, but rather the circumstances in which they were enjoyed.

 

I also love looking at the “Where I Stand” prompt photos from the year all in one place.

Even the dreaded days when the prompt encourages us to put ourselves in from of the camera take on new meaning after the fact.

Many of us are the family photographer.  That means that often we are not in the shots.  If it weren’t for self portraits, no photos of me would be taken.

Is this true in your family as well?

Looking on the bright side, when you are taking your own photo, you get to choose the angles to get your best side.  You also get to delete all of the goofy pictures of yourself before anyone else sees them.  The monthly self portrait will make its way back into the 2018 prompt lists.

What themes do you notice in your photos from this year?  What piece of your story do they tell?

3. What is your favorite photo from 2017?

I know that trying to select one photo from 365 as “the one” is no easy task.

It’s funny to me that most of us can name a favorite book, or, movie, or song without much thought.  Those favorites are often based on a meaningful association or an emotional appeal of some kind.

As you look at your photos from 2017, listen to the one that speaks to you deeply, the one that touches you in some way at the very core of your being.

Keep in mind that this is your favorite photo.

It does not have to speak to anyone but you.

Your choice may be technically superior,  though it doesn’t have to be.  It’s meaning may be clearly realized by all who see it, but it doesn’t have to be.  This is your favorite photo and in this case, no one else’s opinion matters.

 

The important thing about your favorite photo of 2017 is what is it about this particular image that earned it this title?

  • How does it fit into the story of your year?
  • How will you honor this particular photo?
  • What can you learn from having taken this photo?

For that matter, how will you honor your entire Capture Your 365 project?  There are many options – prints, books, on your hard drive.  No choice is right or wrong.  It’s all about what works for you.

All of this reflection on 2017 leads to a most important question.

4. Will you embark on another year of Capture Your 365 in 2018?

There is no question that taking a photo a day is a huge commitment.  How many things, other than the necessities of life, do you gladly agree to do every single day?

For me, improving my skills as a photographer and having an image of every day of my life has kept me coming happily back year after year.

But if I am honest, the greatest gift of this project is not my photos, but the gift of being part of the amazing Capture Your 365 community.  The relationships here go far beyond sharing camera settings and equipment choices.  Those things are merely an entry point to the sharing of our lives, of ourselves.  The photos that are shared are those of successes and failures, births and deaths, sorrows and celebrations, struggles and triumphs, the sacred and the mundane, silliness and seriousness.  I

t’s all here every day in photos and in words.  Also here every day is support, encouragement, compassion, joy, and genuine friendship.  I mean it when I say that to lose this community in my life would be like experiencing a death in the family.  I feel confident in saying that I am not alone in that sentiment.

If you feel that committing to a full 365 day project might not be the best choice for you, consider a Project 52 instead.  This only asks for one photo a week.  The Capture Your 365 prompts for 2018 make it easy for you to modify your project to a photo a week and still feel a part of this community.  If taking a a photo every now and then with no specific commitment fits your lifestyle right now, that works too.

This is your project.

If you are happy with how your CaptureYour365 2017 went, keep doing what you are doing.  If you’d like to make some changes, if you want it to be something different, here is one more question to think about as you finish this year and anticipate the next one:

5. What do you think would make your next Capture Your 365 project “more you,” more authentic?

You are a different photographer and a different person than you were on January 1, 2017.  Being a part of this community has changed you, presumably for the good.  My hope is that you will continue your journey towards goodness and light with Capture Your 365 in 2018.

Thanks for stopping by. Thanks for reading. I’d love to read some OR all of your answers in the comments below.

Breathe in a deep breath.  Now breathe out and smile.


4 Comments

  1. Shelle Wood

    Before reading this post (and part 1!) I had decided that I would make my 2018 project more personal and document my transition from one chapter to another. I think it will be emotional and difficult but I think my past years with my 365 family have prepared me for it and I’m ready to take it on! And then the universe agreed with me by showing me these posts! It’s going to be an epic year my friends! Thanks Kris!!

  2. Rhadonda Sedgwick

    Very deep and thought provoking Kris!! I love this community for sure! I love the variety. I love how 365 has truly changed my outlook on so many things. I’m looking forward to 2018 and to continue to discover who I am through my photo journey! Thanks for the great blog posts!

  3. wonderfully done Kris! I have looked back and seen many patterns as well– lots of feet, lots of coffee cups, lots of books– it’s fun to see what is a part of our daily lives!

  4. Amy Jordan

    Kris, This is beautiful and you’re words so inspiring!
    I love the part about reviewing the year as a whole – when you see them all together they are even more wonderful then we may have thought on the day we took them!! (we should get the group to compare coffee cup photos I think between you , me and Rhadanda we would have quite the collection 😊💕☕️ )

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