The final week of images. This week was the hardest week of the entire project. Diana was in the hospital for two days when it was almost impossible to find time to get out and take photographs. Mentally, the opportunity just never seemed to present itself. Priorities shifted away from photography. But I did force photographs for a couple of days just to have one or two, can't say they are anything more than recording a moment of only slight consequence.
I am grateful for this 365/366 project. It taught me a lot about my camera, lens and Tri-x. I learned a lot about exposure and the behavior of film at different ISO's and development times. Personal discipline was a must. I can't say that I would have taken every image in this project had I not been committed to one per day. I'm looking forward to having a camera with me every day without the need to shoot something that really doesn't inspire me. It means I won't take as many photographs but the ones I do take after this project are likely to be more important.
It's an interesting paradox. A project like this teaches you a lot of technical skills by "forcing" you to shoot constantly even if the subject isn't particularly inspiring. I think it can also make it difficult to stay engaged with a 365 project because you have a feeling that your work isn't particularly meaningful or even good. That makes it frustrating at times. There have been times where I've been surprised by the results and that has been part of the learning as well. It goes beyond seeing what is and understanding what could be. That to me is the leap in learning that I'm grateful for.
This is my third 365 project. Two years with digital and this past year with film in one camera and one lens. Will I do one again? No, I don't think so. I'm looking forward to the freedom of taking out my medium and large format cameras and focusing on new and purposeful subjects.
Thanks for following along.