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I learned a lot taking a picture a day, about photography, about my camera, about myself and the subjects I photographed. I learned about my interests and what I think is beautiful and what colors I prefer. I even learned about life and society and why certain things are appropriate and other things aren't.
For instance, I learned that, the more pictures one takes, the more likely one is to get a picture that's worth something (anything). I know, that's kind of a "duh" realization, but it's true! If you take, say, 50 pictures of a scene in front of you, you could come up with a priceless moment that you weren't necessarily looking for.
[Burke explains how Eskimo women harmonize their voices by standing really close together with their mouths open...?]
It's also frequently true that, try as one might, one may not be successful in taking a cool picture at all, all day. And that's ok, too. Post it anyway.
And while you're taking a lot of pictures, people sometimes get frustrated with you--"did you get it? am I done?" and you end up with shots like this :)
[Viv gets tired of holding her hands up "just so" and starts making faces.}
I learned that my camera, my bitty point and shoot, does really well with macro focus shots (and less well with landscape shots).
I've also learned that I really want a big, fancy digital camera (with this lens, I think), but am thankful for having a camera that I can stuff in my purse, and one that's better than my (albeit pretty nifty) phone-camera. It's the little things, right? :)
I've learned that some photos, if I meditate on them long enough, will make me cry every time I look at them. Some photos will always recall certain emotions. And I'm glad I have those moments to reflect on. "Not all tears are an evil," right?
I've learned that I'd like to be invisible. See, when one has "just" a point-and-shoot camera, people look at you funny when you try to take cool pictures (which, admittedly, often forces you into sometimes-funny positions or odd angles). I keep getting the feeling that if I had a more "professional" looking camera, people would dismiss it as "oh, she's a photographer." But right now, I just get looks that say "you're creepy." Which is unfortunate. Because I could get lots of fun pictures if I was invisible, even with a point-and-shoot :)
So this was a long way of saying I'm happy to be done with my 365 project. Happy that I did it, and happy that it's over. It has taught me that it's great to take pictures of random things--the memories photographs stir up may surprise you later on--days later or years later. I am glad that I will remember so much of this year, the first without Momma. I will probably make a photo book on the project, but how I want to format it, I'm not sure yet.
And I will continue to take pictures and post them. My flickr account won't be lonesome! I will also continue to upload pics to my picasa Web albums: http://picasaweb.google.com/ablack429 so visit there, too, and let me know what you think :D
Here are some other fun 365 sets. Some are themed and some are just all-around awesome. Check 'em out if you like.