“The camera is an instrument that teaches people how to see without a camera." ― Dorothea Lange
My first 365 Project. Decided to tackle it after taking an amazing Photo 101 class at my local community college in Fall 2012 and not finding any formal structure in 2013 for continuing my interest in photography. Depending on the day, the Project brought a full range of emotions from uplifting to drudgery, and its end has brought both relief and a touch of sadness. It was way more work than I ever envisioned it to be (still have too much post-processing to complete), and yet ultimately very satisfying to know I completed it. It has led me to discover parts of Albany and the region I never knew existed. Surprisingly, it only helped me learn my cameras a little bit better. However, so much more rewarding, it has taught me to be more observant and see the world differently...requiring me to slow down and be in the moment. Improved technical will, hopefully, come in time.
Breaking the rules, there are two exceptions to "a photo a day". The first was a 15-day trip to Greece and Turkey in May 2013, where I decided to allow up to three posts per day. The second is late summer 2013 where I decided some days to include a photo of my dad or his environment in addition to the photo I would have independently chosen to post. He was diagnosed in June with brain cancer and we had him in home hospice until his death in September. With my siblings, I spent much of my summer at my parents home helping in his care. This Project proved very therapeutic during that time, and I was immensely grateful that I had it as an outlet.