Have you heard of Project 365? It seems to have various permutations around the internet but on that site, the story begins with a guy named Taylor McKnight who started taking one photograph per day on January 1, 2004. The purpose is multifold: 1) by always using your camera, you will become a better photographer, 2) you will have a year long photo album of your life, 3) you will be able to recall exact days and moments that you have may have forgotten otherwise.
It’s an interesting twist on recording memories and active preservation, huh? I thought so anyway. We all know that life is made up of many little moments, things that we wish we could remember but somehow they get lost along the way. Think of it this way: if we are actively recording our lives and what is significant to that particular year, then won’t we have a more complete story to tell at the end of the year? Many of us chronicle our lives in written words, whether by a diary, a blog, letters, etc. But what about photographs? Do we try to document with just photographs? And one specific photograph each day will have more of an impact than albums of hundreds of digital photographs for certain occasions. Captions are allowed and encouraged.
I had heard about Project 365 many times before, but wanted to wait until a new year began to start (unlike other resolutions I make). So I began my own Project 365 for 2009, knowing that this will be a year of change and many locations and exciting adventures. I still record most of my life in words, but photographs seem like fun, too. And yes, I’m keeping another blog for it. If you’re interested in the link, I’ll send it to you. And if you decided to start Project 365, let me know! I’d like to see. It doesn’t have to start on January 1, so you can still begin. Happy photographing and documenting!