In 2013, I created and completed a "365 project" in photography. Although writing is in my blood, photography is a passion I've embraced at nearly the same level. You can see all 365 pictures from 2013 here if you are so inclined. It's awesome, but I'm biased :). Today, my friends and family, all of whom supported me every step of the way, ask me why I'm not continuing the 365 project for a second year. Here's why:
Two--In all honesty, I don't know if I would be able to do it again. I worked so hard this year on my 365 and was (almost) always wholeheartedly devoted. I'll admit, there are some pictures that just don't meet the high creative standard I hold myself too. But life gets in the way sometimes, and I don't want to chance not finishing something I've started.
Three--This past year, 2013, was special. Thanks to my 365, I'll remember one of the best years of my life for as long as I live. Why should I try to top that, or to recreate it? I don't want to. I want this past year to be unique and special. Doing it again would make this past year lose some of the breath-catching wonder it's left me with.
BUT. My "project" mindset will live on. This year my 365 helped keep me to a schedule. And although it was hard to do at times, I think it was good for me. And looking back, and looking at my results, I am amazed and incredibly proud of myself for completing it. This year, I think I can do it again--with a twist....
Dear 2014: my graduation year, the year I'll step with finality onto a college campus, the year I'll embrace adulthood, the year I'll learn to live; I want to remember you differently than I did your predecessor. I'm excited to introduce to you a new project, a new idea, my New Years resolution, and a wholeheartedly "Rory" endeavor:
The 52 project. A poem a week, for the 52 weeks of 2014. Stay tuned for the first poem in the next few days...
As a photography lover and poetry guru alike, it's only fair that I embrace the other side of my creativity for the new year.
I hope you'll follow along, and I encourage you to make 2014 count in a way that's special for you.