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2009 Project 365 ~ The Year In Photos
WHAT: Project 365 (2009) | WHEN: December 29, 2009
As we wrap up 2009, I started looking back on my Project 365 effort. The goal was to take at least one photo a day and post it on the blog. Admittedly this was going to be a stretch goal for me knowing I don't even remember to zip up my pants most days. TMI? Okay, sorry. (btw, shame on you if you've noticed the barn door open and didn't tell me). I managed to start off like a photographer-possessed, though, posting at least an image a day for almost all of January until I got married on the 24th. I lot of things stopped happening that day. < Kidding, honey! Totally kidding... it was an easy joke, so at the risk of discretion I ran with it.>
Then I posted almost everyday in February that I was in the country after returning from Italy from our honeymoon. And in my defense, I took over 3600 photos in Italy, so I think that buys me a little slack for the days I missed. March and April were stellar as well with the consistency meter giving off-the-chart readings.
And... then the wheels fell off the proverbial wagon. Life got in the way, and frankly I got bored. Maybe bored is not the right word... beat down might be a better description. Let's face it, it's easier memorizing the phone book than it is coming up with something interesting to photograph and post every single day, especially in the middle of a busy spring photography season. To those who have done it successfully, you cheated. I don't know how, but you did.
After the first quarter, my posts began to be every other day, and then eventually every other every other day. In the final analysis, my Project ended up falling just shy of 365 days... more like Project 213. And for anyone who was paying attention - 'cause I obviously wasn't - there were two 'Day 180's' and two 'Day 105's'. And in some cases where I got a little smarter I combined multiple days of images into a single post, so I guess that means I squeezed a few more than 213 days in there.
Anyway, I started looking back at my year's worth of images the other day, and couldn't help but smile a couple times. Although I thought on more than one occasion along the way that doing a Project 365 was a pain in the you-know-what, in hindsight it's provided me with a visual journal of my year, and it's pretty freakin' cool to have that now.
So, all in all, I give myself a B- on this year's effort. Now you may be thinking 'B-?? You only posted on 213 out of 365 days. That's like 58%, which is a failing grade in any other scenario.' First off, simmer down. No need to get snippy here. Secondly, I graded on a curve. That's one of the benefits of being the pupil and teacher. Sure, I could've done better, especially in regards to frequency, but I'm pretty happy with the content for most days I did post, so I cut myself some slack and gave myself an 'attaboy' for 2009.
I thought it would be fun to provide a quick slideshow recap of my Project 365 images. And when I say quick, I mean don't blink or you'll miss a few days. There's 604 images covered in just a couple minutes. I didn't include images from client shoots because the number of images would've been too many to make this manageable. And for the same reason in some cases I didn't include all the images from my travels from a given day. So, without any more delay (is it just me or has this post gone one forever already?), hold on to your hat and enjoy the ride.
See you next year.