Starting last year on my anniversary (July 20, 2010), I decided to take at least one photo per day, using the Project365 app for iPhone. I stuck with it, and uploaded one photo per day for one year (plus 11 days). It was a lot of fun, and I ended up with a visual record of the past year.
I wanted to share the photos with anyone interested, as well as a couple reflections on the project.
Observation One: I take a lot of pictures of my kids and wife! I guess they feature prominently in my day-to-day life, which is probably as it should be.
Observation Two: Being required to take a photo per day forced me to look at the world differently. For at least for a few moments every day, I had to step back from my work and look at what was happening around me, and find something interesting to capture. This was a profoundly good exercise for me, as I tend to get lost in the realm of future possibilities and the Big Picture (extreme Myers-Briggs ‘N’). I had to just notice what was happening right in front of me, and it was worth it every time.
Here are the links to various months of the project. If I saw you in the past 365 days, you might be in there!
- July 2010
- August 2010
- September 2010
- October 2010
- November 2010
- December 2010
- January 2011
- February 2011
- March 2011
- April 2011
- May 2011
- June 2011
- July 2011
I’m not planning to do it again for the upcoming 365 days, but it might be a great project for you to try, especially if you’re a “future possibilities” person who has trouble simply noticing what’s going on right now.
i love this idea! it's also neat for me to see your wife in these since we're getting to know each other in huddle. thanks for this post…i'm considering jumping on board to document a year to help me focus on being thankful in the moments.
Ben Sternke says
Sounds great Natalie! Thanks for the comment.
I had never heard of that app! Love the spread of pics!