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June 30th, 2013 by Sharon

Why I Took a Break from Photography… and Why I’m Coming Back

In January of 2010, I started taking a photo every single day.  I didn’t call it a 365 Project, but that’s pretty much what I was doing.  On January 1, 2011, I started my first official 365 Project, and I did another one in 2012.

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By the end of 2012, things had changed.  Photography had become an afterthought to my day.  I still enjoyed it, but I didn’t enjoy the structure of having to take a photo every single day.  It had become a chore – and it showed.  My photos were uninspired and boring.  Early in the 365 journey I would drive twenty miles to hunt down the perfect subject for my photo, but by the end of 2012, I couldn’t even be bothered to pull over on my way to work.  So I stopped. Not completely, of course – I still took photos here and there, and still do portrait sessions.  But the habit of taking a photo every single day, and taking photos just for the sake of taking photos, is gone.

Because it Happened
It’s been about six months, and I have uploaded fewer photos to Flickr over that time than I used to over a good weekend.  But tomorrow, July 1st, I am going to, once again, begin taking a photo every day.  I’ve started thinking about photography a lot more, and it’s about time I did something about it.  So tomorrow is the day.  I think the break has been good for me.  I’m not sure this will be the beginning of another 365 – the school year is just a little too hectic these days to make that commitment.  But for the next two glorious months of summer, I’m in.
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Comments

2 Responses to “Why I Took a Break from Photography… and Why I’m Coming Back”
  1. Yeah! That’s wonderful, Sharon. I really look forward to seeing your photos every day!!

  2. I’ve missed your photos – it was really the only reason I started on facebook