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A Self-Confessed Quitters Guide to Project 365

It’s quite hard to remember exactly why I started my Project 365. I do know it was after watching the film Julie and Julia on a plane. I was inspired by the character of Julie Powel, a self confessed quitterwho took up a challenge to cook her way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” in a year. I could see myself in her character, and as my mum will testify I have never stuck at anything!

When I got back from holiday I looked around on the Internet and found an article on Photography 365 projects. So it was with all that in mind that I decided to undertake my Project 365, and the commitment to take a photo a day for a year. My goal was simple, to become a better photographer, and in the process document a year of my life.

I have learnt there is no point in having a great camera if you don’t use it. For my project I have been using a pocket camera (Canon Powershot S90) because I knew I needed to have a something with me at all times. In doing so I have found myself experimenting much more than ever. Often the shots I have ended up using have been the ones where I have thought.

“I wonder what it would be like if I….”

Take your camera with you everywhere. I can guarantee the day I pop out to the post office and leave my camera on the table, is the day is see something interesting and unique on the way.

I have seen an improvement in the composition, processing and style of my photography. I have found myself to be the biggest challenge; I want each and every day to be perfect. I become deeply frustrated if I am not happy with a days photo.

However just as I am mentally beginning to give up (maybe after a couple of days of bad photos), I take a photo that works perfectly. For me it is the photographic equivalent of hitting a perfect shot in golf, all the negativity melts away, and I know why I am doing this. I am already a better photographer, and by the end of this project I hope to be much much better.

My advice would be if you are thinking of doing a Project 365, then do it, you won’t regret it.

Part 1 covers the first 180 days of this project you can see the rest (still in progress) at http://prophecyblur.com

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About the Author

Mark Churly
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Currently working on a Project 365 challenge at http://prophecyblur.com

Publish Date  May 27, 2010

Dimensions  Large Format Landscape  248 pgs   Standard Paper

Category  Portfolios

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prophecyblur says

Finally arrived today, very pleased with the way this has come out. Will be looking to produce a smaller more afforadble version of the entire project once completed.

posted at 08:14am Jun 11 PST

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