100 Days :: The Wrap Up

100 Days :: The Wrap Up

It’s something that sounds easy enough. One thing a day, every day, for one hundred days. Except more often than not, I fail within the first week. Well; in The Before, I failed within the first week. In the years since 2020, I have started four times, and as of last week, I’ve finished three of those four attempts.

This year, I committed to 100 Days of photos. No real framework aside from a photo a day, and probably a slice of life, the little moments that might otherwise go unnoticed. Each photo would be posted to my photography insta, preferably with a caption, but I also gave myself grace to post without a caption. A photo, a post. Some days that was the bare minimum I could manage to keep it going.

In the 100 days since February 19th, I missed only two days. I could have let those days stop me and break my project, or I could accept that sometimes, we can’t always show up but it doesn’t have to be the end. I chose the second option.

100 Days. 98 photos. Project done.

It’s fun seeing them all in collage like that . I also posted a video flick through on my photo instagram if you’re a video kind of watcher.

I had hoped to avoid too many craft photos; the vast bulk of my content creating is crafting, so I wanted something different for this project. But on the days where it was hard to pick up my camera, and I’d already grabbed shots for my blog, it was an easy way to keep it ticking over. Like all large projects, I like some photos more than others – day six (top right hand corner of collage one) is a particular favourite.

It was just the project I needed. We are settling into our new home and our rhythms in this space are also settling. It’s the perfect time to capture life right now. It’s our last year with all our family living under our roof, and this project is a snapshot of that. After closing my photography business in 2019, I’ve ignored my cameras for far too long due to burnout, and it was good to reconnect with an old interest; I’d long been considering selling my cameras, but this project showed me how much I still enjoy being behind the lens, how nice it is to use a real camera, not just snap something on my phone and call it done. I recalled the joy of watching a photo develop and come to life; not in a tray of chemicals but as it passes through the layers of editing. From a RAW straight out of the camera, through basic edits and adjustments in Lightroom, and it’s final form in photoshop. It was one of my favourite parts of weddings, seeing the magic come to life and creating art from a moment.

Even having undertaken the process a million times, I’m often quite hard on myself when chimping a shot on my camera screen. Over the years I’ve gotten quite good at knowing what will polish up well, and “seeing” the end result, but there are definitely times where I get frustrated looking at a picture like the one on the left and it doesn’t look finished like the photo on the right.

For my blog, and even for my own personal prints, I generally stop at stage two; Lightroom adjustments and a couple of presets and it’s good enough to go. For this project though, I wanted to really immerse myself in the process and create a fully finished image. It was time well spent. By following through all the way, I was able to remember what I loved about the whole thing; that it was better to spend time getting one good image to polish rather than 50 semi decent ones to sift through and try and polish up.

I won’t be going back to photography as a business. That chapter of my life I am happy to leave closed. I am, however, enjoying having my hobby back. A rest, time to reset my relationship with it, and then a focused project as a reboot. Exactly what I needed.

May or may not even be shopping for a new lens…or a whole new camera. No-one tell Mr Barefoot.

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