Several weeks back, I stumbled upon Elle Luna’s “The Crossroads of Should and Must.” Great read, I highly recommend it. However, the most important thing I got out of the book was something called the 100 Day Project. For a second (or third?) year in a row, Ms. Luna encourages her readers to take on one creative task daily for exactly one hundred days. It could be literally anything that involves the create endeavor. Naturally, I thought of photography first, because, well, that’s what I do regardless – I think of photography every day, every hour really and so I wanted to make my project related to taking photographs.
So I decided to take a portrait of someone every single day for one hundred days. I didn’t set any other specifics or limitations for myself, other that it had to be a portrait.
Due to the fact that I actually have a full time job outside of photography, I knew some of my first portraits had to be of the people I work with.
So here is the thing. If you’ve read my previous posts, you already know I absolutely LOVE people photography. I also absolutely dread it at the same time, because I have many reservations asking people for a photograph, especially strangers. By signing up for this project though, I did not give myself the choice to NOT do it. Does this make sense? Once I made up my mind to engage in this, I became much less fearful of actually doing it. Whenever I felt an apprehension of asking someone to let me take their photo, my mind would automatically go, “Oh but this isn’t about me, this is about the project! This is for a purpose, not just so I can snap a few portraits of random people.” And believe it or not, such mental shift in perspective made a really big difference.
Today, I am approaching the half way point of fifty photographs. I admit that I had to tweak a few rules to make it work, but nonetheless I am still making it work. Truthfully, I have not been taking one photo per day. There were some days that I skipped taking any portraits and others where I made more than one. I decided that I was not going to be hard on myself for this, as long as I actually complete one hundred portraits in total. I also added a little extra something to each portrait: after taking each photograph, I would ask the person to give me one word they felt described them best. I must say, I have gotten some really cool and unique answers to this one.
I am planning on posting the first photographs on the blog and would love to hear your thoughts on it! I haven’t shared the project with too many people as of yet and I initially wasn’t really planning on sharing it at all, but my lovely nurses and friends have actually asked me to share the photographs online so they can see what everyone’s portraits are like. I’m really glad they did ask J
So here it is, the #100DayProject first five photographs…