I should have guessed when I began the year with the ‘flu it was going to be a rough winter.
But by January 8th I’d rallied and was feeling GREAT. I sat down that day and planned out my whole year. I wrote out all the trips I had on my calendar so far that year. I planned out all the blog posts I was going to write. I even wrote a manifesto! Of how much ass I was going to kick in 2018! This was my year! [I need to dig that manifesto up and see what I was planning. I can’t imagine now what I was thinking.]
And literally a few days later my best-laid plans flew out the window when we got some life-changing news about my husband’s work.
I spent this winter traveling between the valleys of feeling sick as a dog and the peaks of panicking about things I could not control. I was really, really sick. A lot. So were my kids. And things really, really did not go our way.
But. But, but, but. On January 1st I signed up for a 365 project through Meg Bitton and somehow through all the chaos, angst and heartbreak, I managed to take a picture a day. The project provides a daily prompt. It’s very easy for me to get caught up in perfectionism and quit things. It’s also easy for me to get caught up in perfectionism and procrastinate until I might as well have quit. My goal with this has been simply TO DO IT. And for the first quarter of 2018, I did really well. I did get caught up on a few prompts (“what you’re best at,” for example, slayed me for four days until I took a picture of my damn cat and moved on before I became completely paralyzed). I have to say that I’m really proud of myself for sticking with it. Especially during what turned out to be a long and not great winter.
The point of this project is to find out who you are as a photographer. I’m really enjoying the insight I’m gaining. Like, the perfectionism thing is really bad. I have a real problem. And I tend to be non-traditional (ie, one prompt was “potato” so I photographed something that looked like a potato only to realize that many others photographed actual potatoes). Looking back I can see how much my emotions play a role in my images and how I’m making a commentary on everything I photograph. It’s been a fun process.
So, without further ado: enjoy the first quarter of 2018
(Yes, I did spend a week in Maui and keep up with the project. Go me!)