Creative 366 Project is finished
It's done. I finally got my 366 album finished. There are 364 images, as I haven't shared all images public, and in a couple cases the image was only connected in some way to a short story or so.
I have decided after a lot of consideration to not
continue with another project 365 or daily photo project. What was a real challenge in the beginning, became fun and enjoyable in the middle. I got better, I grew in skill and speed. Daily creating something really improved my understanding of light. Near the end though I began to realize that I was just cranking out an image just to get something posted. I knew I could do better if I took my time. I knew I could rise higher. My creativity near the end felt stiffled, and I want to focus more on raising the bar of what I produce and what I share. I am going to be more careful about what goes out to the public. At the same time, I no longer have the time to daily shoot, prepare, and post an image, no matter how quick I am. It takes THOUGHT, and that means taking thought away from other priorities.
I entered +Creative 366 Project
curated by +Takahiro Yamamoto
and +Jeff Matsuya
with the promise that "my photography would improve". There was interaction and inspiration enough from others to keep me going. I knew NOTHING of photography, but wanted to. I had my art and my short stories as my only forms of creativity as of January 1, 2012. I couldn't actively maintain these daily. I tried DSLR (my wife's Nikon D50) early on in the project. That too I couldn't keep up, as it required so much work to upload photos, edit them, etc. That did two things though. I learned quickly how to use Photoshop, and it sponsored another project of mine simply called sky. That project was an experiment in light, and can be viewed here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/photos/100152754393360938972/albums/5725812363376567185
It was "creative" rather than photographic, so I had some enjoyable leeway as to my daily project. That's where a couple stories came in (both sci-fi in fact), and can be read here (https://plus.google.com/u/0/100152754393360938972/posts/cuaV9awxrsm
), and here (https://plus.google.com/u/0/100152754393360938972/posts/YjRJakzKttr
I'd say from about May. onwards, the gallery is 99% Mobile Photography. It was fast, it was neat, it was social, and I could take it everywhere. This developed into something else I never thought would happen. I ended up challenged by some other mobile photographers (mobile photography dawning on me then as an actual term). That pushed me, it inspired me. I looked for more mobile photographers on G+ and found, to my surprise, that they were largely disorganized excepting for a few pages here and there.
So I did my part in organizing us, sharing circles, pages, introducing everyone around. I wasn't the only one doing it, so I won't claim originality. This assemblage of mobile photographers, as well as my abilities and knowledge with the G+ platform caught the attention of +AMPt
. I was brought onto the AMP team sometime in July. I joined instagram because of them, and discovered a LOT of mobile photography, good stuff, not pictures of food. It challenged me further. My gallery acquires a few square images at this point.
In the process, I developed a tag (without an E in the middle): #Mobilography
Joining AMPt led to a new development. I tried organizing or introducing android photographers to one another through my instagram profile. It was pretty unsuccessful. I didn't know that platform. A fellow android user +Atle Rønningen
would constantly point me in the direction of android users around IG. At one point, he and I had a conversation about the lack of any Android related groups out there. So he went on to form +Android Editors
in September, and he went straight to me to bring me onboard. Cool.
That's where things are at this point. Did Creative 366 Project improve my photography? Well, I claim that I am a Mobile Photographer, which is telling of the skill I've gained, the culture I've found, and the real change in the entire perspective I have around my hobbies and personal creativity. So yes, it did. Immensely.
I won't do another creative 365/6 project, but I am grateful for this one that I did, and for the friends I've made in the process.
Thanks Takahiro and Jeff.
Thanks to everyone who participated in this with me.+Jacob Dix