On December 31st I finished up my sixth 365 project. I’ve been shooting daily for more than five years straight, and it’s been great. My photography has changed a ton and I’ve learned an incredible amount, all the usual statements you’ve heard over and over about this big old project. But this time around, in about November, I decided that I was done.
I was done, and it was okay. In fact, it was good. I ended up finishing out the year because those undone numbers would have bugged me more than not. And now it’s done. I realize that I’m only a few days after the end of the year, but this feels like a good decision.
It isn’t the shooting that I was done with, I don’t think. It was the numbering, the tracking, the crossing every T and dotting every I to make sure that it was all in order only to realize in July that you’re missing a day or so. Retracing your images, your file numbering to find the missing piece.
Then, this afternoon, I happened on just the right phrase in just the right song. “Habit is the enemy of presence.” And that was it. That’s exactly what my 365 projects had become. I’d managed to develop the habit of taking photos every day, but it had become something that I didn’t think about. I did it to check that to-do off of my list.
So, I’m going without the formalities this year. I’m shooting when I am moved to shoot, and just let it all be what it is. I love that my daily life is documented, but I can’t wait to see if I can photograph and capture those same memories but with a bit of extra magic infused.
All the best,