Friday, January 18, 2013

Happy New 2013 + my brand new project 365

This year began for me with a break and a really exciting project simultaneously. When good friend and creative whiz Asavari Honavar announced project 365 on my FB page, I knew this was it. Project 365 is a photography project where all participants click one photograph a day and by the end of the year have 365 pictures to speak for the year. It is not a new concept and all who were familiar with flickr have seen photographers participate in this year after year. But this is my 1st and the prospect of the discipline and commitment it will take to participate in and complete this project, filled me with trepidation and excitement at the same time. Sign that I MUST do it :) This project is spearheaded by the very young and dynamic nature lover and photographer Laura Beth Drilling from Iowa, who keeps the group enganged and enthused with not just with regular constructive appreciation but also with a lot of fondness and openness. 

A couple of things happened as a result of this project. I find that I'm using my camera a lot more and that I'm more often than not looking to see if I can good picture. Earlier my camera would just come out when I am in 'work mode' or out travelling or covering something specific. Now I'm just a lot more open to shooting almost anything. Things that I wouldn't normally shoot. And the most interesting discovery I'm making is that I'm less paranoid of 'exposing' any particular aspect of my life by taking a picture of it. Privacy has always been a big thing in my head, since I'm online so much. How much to show, one picture a day will be like telling every one - 'this is my life'. I think this is the biggest mental block I have been able to overcome while saying yes to this project. And its been going good so far. 
Sharing with you a few of my more favourite pictures from the project and some things that I ended up taking many pictures of, just for the love of it. 
 And seeing how the other participants are shooting and how their project is shaping up has been a great teacher and motivator. So glad I said yes to this. 
 So yes, do expect to see a lot more of my camera clicks this year. Will pop in every now & then with a post on the progress with my project 365. Or maybe make it a regular feature on this blog.
Many of these pictures are not the kind I would normally click or even see for that matter. In a very literal sense this project is proving to be an eye opener.
In a way, this project is symbolic of a lot of things that I would intend my 2013 to be. Discipline, really putting to use what I have, whether it is my camera, my time or my talents. And being consistently productive. One day at a time. I wish you all a similar year. And if you want to start your own project 365, go right ahead and it needn't be clicking one picture a day. It could be drawing one sketch a day, writing one para a day, one doodle a day or anything really. As long as it excites you and makes you happy. And don't worry if you will be able to continue and see it through the year or anything. Just start. And take one day at a time.

10 comments:

Priti Singh said...

Fabulous shots Vineeta! Spotlight cat and beads of light are simply magical. Loving it... and congrats for your new project! :)

Ruby said...

Awesome clicks Vineeta,especially the coffee table,puttu container and plantain flowers. Loved it :-)

Ruby said...

Awesome clicks Vineeta especially the coffee table, the plantain and puttu container.loved it :-)

Laura Drilling said...

You have been inspiring me with your intimate views on the world. You have the ability to see such quiet and intense beauty wherever you go. I know what you mean about being scared to show the world, it's not something to take lightly. But I must express how happy I am that you are conquering that fear because it means I (and so many others) get to see your lovely work. And the blog is fantastic as well.

quirkygirl said...

Loved the pictures. Am a regular reader of your blog. Had to leave a comment to say good luck. Looking forward to some lovely pictures!

Mallika said...

Am loving this project 365 too Vineeta . Your shots are fabulous and inspiring .

Anupama Puneeth said...

beautiful captures. This whole photo-a-day project is buzzing everywhere and I do see a lot of my Fb/flickt friends who have started the same and inspiring me..including you :)
Its indeed a lot of discipline and more importantly a commitment you strive to keep. Kudos and best wishes :)

Madhu Gopalan said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures, Vineeta - your eye for pretty things never fails to amaze! I did a month-long photo-a-day project last year, but 365 sounded so challenging that I chickened out! It's awesome that you're doing this, I look forward to following your project through this year :)

Deb said...

Beautiful pics and what an eye. There is so much we literally overlook. This is a great idea and seeing these makes me realize building discipline in something is an important new years goal.

Naomi said...

Love! I just stumbled across your blog while looking for design resources in India in anticipation of a big move there my husband and I are planning.

On Jan 1st, I was itching to start my own project 365, but I got caught up in the renovation and packing as we get ready to leave in a few weeks. Hopefully, once things settle down for me, I'll be able to get it started!

Be Ready Bravely