Editor’s note: John Ricard, a photographer from New York, tried a photography challenge called “365 Photos in 365 Days” three years ago. Here he shares with us some of his experience and changes in his creative methods during this period.
About 90 days have passed, I have to accept the fact that I can’t last until 365 days, so I turned it into a 100-day project. The 365-day challenge may sound simple: take a picture every day and post it. But I finally had to accept the reality: I can’t take pictures every day, I really tried my best.
Since I am a portrait photographer, I always want to look for those Interesting faces, or some visual interactions between people. But I often don’t see anything I want to capture all day long. On some days, the only people I communicated with were my wife and daughter, and I hesitated whether to flood the project with endless family photos. Not to mention, many families are inconvenient to share openly. Sometimes I will walk up and down the street just to satisfy this project. And I don’t think “shooting for the sake of shooting” is the best motivation for photography.
To make this project more challenging, I also decided to use only one Leica M240 to take all the photos. This is a heavy camera and it is a pain to carry it with you all day. It is larger than many other mirrorless cameras, and it is expensive, so whenever I take it out, I worry about bumps. I would lose thousands of dollars in one mistake. Nevertheless, in these 100 days, I did create some pictures that I really like.
In 2019, I decided to try the 365 challenge again. Sure enough, after a few months, I still intend to give up. As before, all the problems have come back, and there is a new problem-I sync photos to multiple social media platforms, which takes a lot of time. But when I was hesitant to end this project, some inspiring comments on social media inspired me to continue.
In my 2019 project, only 85% of the photos are about people, and the rest are photos taken from life, such as those outside the window A landscape, or a rainy street. Although these photos are not important to me, these photos are easier to take.
and I am The biggest change made in the 2019 project is to allow myself to publish the pictures I took before. In this way, I can guarantee to publish a photo every day. But I didn’t give up taking pictures every day because of this, because sometimes I took pictures of my family’s relatives, but didn’t want to post them on social media for the majority of netizens to see. This is a good way to solve the problem of “checking in” every day. .
I will be in In 2020, I will continue my 365 challenge. Here, I encourage everyone to do the same. After reading the photos I posted every day, my sister also opened her own 365 challenge on her social media. Her photos are basically taken with a mobile phone, and almost every photo is about her own thoughts. Although most of her photos are meaningless to me, this is her project and I think everyone needs to define their own 365 challenges.
365 challenge and There are no specific rules. If this project makes you unhappy, revise your rules, or even pause or shorten the shooting cycle, but it is at least worth a try. Because when you look back at the photos taken in those years after a few years, those vague memories can always be awakened anytime and anywhere. This is the greatest significance of the 365 Challenge to us.
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