Posts Tagged ‘Project 365’

Day 364

The great photographer Walker Evans once said “Stare. Pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.” I think lately I’ve taking his advice too much to heart and have developed a fascination for looking into people’s houses as I’m walking by to see what they’re watching on tv. A habit made substantially easier by the Sydney heat and people having their doors open! And a practice made weirder by the fact that so many people are watching the same thing that you were, on this occasion the tennis.

Anyway I thought it would be appropriate to include one of these shots for the second last Project 365 entry as a look back on my photos through the year reveal a number of ‘stalker’ type images. One reason for this was my desire to become better at not being seen while I’m taking photos. The advantages of this in a commercial sense are the resulting ‘natural’ look images which really show in a positive light those people who simply freeze up in front of a camera.

Day 363 – Compromised Rules

For more pictures from this event see www.keating18.com

Day 360 – Australia Day

Day 357

Day 356



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Day 262 – Suitably Unusual

Well its day 262 and I’m currently 71.780822% of the way through the 365 project! With the end in sight I’ve been thinking a little recently about whether or not I will continue it when the year ends. I’ve seen a project by Bill Waldman who took 365 portraits. The rules being the photos had to be taken one each day for a year and every photo had to be a different person. Portraits are something I’m fascinated by, though haven’t included much in this 365 project. I guess its the effort, or willingness to ask people to pose that has impeded me so far and I was wondering if doing a 365 portrait project would help me put that effort in. Then again knowing the time that goes into this one I’m starting to wonder if I’m mad even considering it! Maybe I should catch up on my enteries and worry about next year when it comes around!

Quote/poem of the day:

Old Time, in whose banks we deposit our notes
Is a miser who always wants guineas for groats;
He keeps all his customers still in arrears
By lending them minutes and charging them years.
~Oliver Wendell Holmes

Day 182 – Halfway House

Well I guess it’s a bit of a coincidence that my birthday and the halfway point of the 365 project fall on the same day! It would signal time for reflecting, if I had any time to do exactly that! And while it does feel about a year from my last birthday it definately doesn’t seem half a year since Feburary, time has just flown. This project has been the biggest consumer of time in my life or anything I’ve ever done, not just taking A picture every day but thinking about photography, ideas, meanings and writing some of it down. But it definitely has been worth it too. I think now is a good time too to focus on what I need to do for the rest of the year and I might as well write them down so I remember!

1. Carry camera EVERYWHERE! Yes I think this would help me avoid the ‘oh crap it’s 11.59pm and I still haven’t taken a picture so I’ll just point it at the ceiling to fulfill the project requirements’ syndrome

2. Spend less time on the internet (said as I type whilst on the internet, oh the irony!). Maybe I can write out the blog words before I log on to avoid the temptation on clicking onto other irrelevant crap! Or if my mail could open without the Yahoo news stories maybe I wouldn’t get distracted as much! Anyone any more ideas on how to cut back on the interweb??!

3. Go to greater lengths to take pictures. And by this I don’t mean climbing illegally up onto the Harbour Bridge to get a better view of the city or breaking into abandoned buildings in the dead of night! More so having more courage and upstart to seek out the shot I want and getting better at convincing people of the necessity of recording moments.

4. More (good) portraits, not just crappy ones of a night out on the camera phone. I think that getting those types of pictures is connected with point number 3.

5. Read more (books not internet articles)

6. Go more places (that I haven’t been before) ((that it doesn’t cost much to get to)) (((where my camera gear won’t get robbed))) ((((or destroyed by fire, water, animals or small children))))

7. Interact/collaborate more with creative people and steal their ideas, oops I mean learn from them! 

8. Focus more and stop getting distracted (like my fascination with the upcoming election when I don’t even get a vote)

9. Write with less thought to who’s reading (especially Bernadette who asks me for more pictures of flowers and crap, note to self, ignore Ber!)

10. Spend less time on the internet (ok I’m logging off now, actually this is a good point to reiterate as I still haven’t logged off and am making some more changes)

10 (a). SPEND LESS TIME ON THE INTERNET (ok)

 

Day 1 and I’m starting off with a picture for myself. I took it on my camera phone while out running at an Erskineville park. The ‘A’ for the start of the project, and the start of a new year (although not technically Jan 1), the space for what’s to come and the bright light, well….that was just bad exposure!

Any begining, I think, represents an opportunity to take the lessons learned previously and apply them to new situations, hopefully in positive ways. This year seems like it could be significant and different though I don’t know why yet, but excited to see what happens!

Ok enough of the philosophical crap, its also just a picture I never would’ve taken before even though I’ve ran round that park thousands, well ok tens at least, of times! So here it is, a memory of the Harry Noble Reserve on the 1st of February 2010 where people brought their thoughts, goals, friends and dogs and just enjoyed life!

So I’m gonna get off the computer and do the same!

Quote of day:

“Everything has been figured out, except how to live” Jean-Paul Sartre