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The End of Photo365

Published: 12 March 2015 · Tags: photography

At the end of 2014 I committed to making an attempt on a Photo365 challenge. It didn't go to plan, and here's why it wasn't a failure.

On of my challenges this year was to do a Photo365 challenge. An image a day, everyday, for an entire year; how hard can it be? Very, it turns out.

The idea was that having to take a — new, fresh, and original — image everyday would help to push my photography. This was inspired by a number of things: a new camera, wanting to get out more, and wanting to take my photography up a notch.

Let’s take a look at the original brief:

For 2014 I am attempting to do the photo365 challenge. This means publishing one photo every day for a year. For this challenge I have imposed no camera restrictions (either the SLR or iPhone camera can be used) and one photo must be submitted everyday.

Due the nature of many of the trips I do where I am unable to gain internet access some of these may be submitted a few days late, but all will have been taken on the correct day.

The images are uploaded to Instagram and provided here by pulling those with the #photo365 hashtag from my personal feed. For immediate updates you can follow me on Instagram.

I’m behind with uploading images, but that doesn’t matter. I intentionally wrote the brief to cover this, knowing I’m often away without an internet connection for periods of time. What does matter, however, is that I have missed some shots over the last week–or–so; because of this I’m calling an end to this challenge.

 alt: Foggintor Quarry – on Dartmoor – living up to its name.
Foggintor Quarry – on Dartmoor – living up to its name.

It’s a bit frustrating failing at this challenge when I was getting along so well with it, but unfortunately being a little more towards the ill end of the scale than I’d have liked last week, and life in general being quite busy a the moment, led to a few missed shots.

Despite all of this, I’ve gotten exactly what I wanted out of the challenge. I’m seeing angles where before I would have ignored the sights around me — some of the shots I have taken and uploaded have even gained a reasonable number of likes on Instagram.

The important thing now is to keep shooting just as much, and looking just as much. Now that I’m not looking to take one a day to publish and share some level of pressure is removed, and with that the need to share the worse images. Now I can focus on shooting the best possible photographs, and share only those that I feel are up-to-standard.