A photo a day for a year

I’m not much of a photographer. I’m more of a snapshotter. This year I’m going to snapshot my way through the year taking at least one picture a day. Why? Because I’m curious about what will show up. Thinking about my days from a visual perspective should give my mind a little bit of fun each day that moves me outside of my very text-based online world. I’m hoping it will encourage me to explore a bit more and take more chances to just stop and look around. Maybe it will, maybe it won’t. I guess I’ll just have to see.

Most of the time I take pictures because there is a special event or reason to and I spend more time feeling guilty that I’m not taking enough, or good enough, pictures than I do actually enjoying what I’m photographing. I have taken to just leaving my camera at home because a) it is bulky, b) I’m intimidated by all all the twiddly buttons and settings I can (should) use but don’t really learn well enough to understand and so c) I never end up taking pictures anyway, so why bothering lugging the thing around. So this Christmas I bought myself a nice small, simple camera that I can slip in my pocket and not feel guilty about. While I hope this project will help me learn to take better photos and maybe learn some of that twiddly stuff on the big camera, I really just want to get comfortable taking photos regularly because I think photos are an amazing way to document things and we humans really respond to visual stories.

To help myself actually try to make good on this idea, in addition to the new camera (a Canon SD770, for the curious) I also got myself a Flickr Pro account and joined the Project 366-1 group. This is my first real “Flickr experience.” Something about joining a Flickr group signifies really diving in, so it’ll be interesting as I go “all web 2.0” as one friend put it. I’m feeling good about the group so far because it seems like a great, supportive bunch and there are no particular requirements for subjects so each person can make of it what they want. So starting on January 1, 2009, I’ll (hopefully) be posting a lot more pictures to my Flickr account and picking one each day to add to the group pool. We’ve also got a little scavenger hunt going, so it’ll be fun to see how far I can get with that too. 2009 is going to be a wild ride and I’m looking forward to having a crazy visual tour to look back on this time next year.