Last January I decided I'd try taking one photo every day for the entire calendar year and then making a photo book with all 365 photos. I made a simple layout to get a week's worth of photos onto one page. My original goal included using my SLR every day and to really practice photography and improve. However, as life took over and Mom became ill, just taking any photo became my goal.
I did take all 365 photos, got them into a photobook from Blurb, which to my great delight and excitement, landed on my doorstep just the other day. I'm thrilled with the results.
While I totally failed in using my SLR every day, I love the book and that I managed to capture a whole lot of my life in those 365 photos. I ended up taking photos that I never would have taken had I not been so darn determined to finish this project.
I also ended up, in an understated and quiet way, telling the story of last year's challenges and joys.
In April when I took the photo of Mom and Dad's house - the house in which I grew up - I had no idea that within just a few weeks they would be spending their last night in the house.
While Mom underwent her chemotherapy treatments, and then was hospitalized, the last thing she wanted were photos of herself, feeling her worst. Consequently, I don't have any photos of her, but I have photos of wheelchairs, IV machines, her hospital room, and her hands -- photos scattered throughout the book that give a little glimpse into our lives at that time. I would never scrapbook these photos - at least not right now - but with this project I have the photos in among the scrapbooks and the stories.
I also have many happy events recorded to remind myself that the year was not all doom and gloom: fort building, skating, soccer, swimming, skiing, cousin fun, biking, friends, to name but a few.
But best of all are the photos that show our home and life the way it really is: folded laundry on the dryer, my favourite coffee cup, root beer floats, popcorn making, bits of the yard, the kids' toys, Kerry's bike tools, the cleaned out and organized linen closet (ok, so that one isn't really "real life", but it makes me happy).
I'm not doing the project again this year, but I'm so thrilled I did it last year. I really lost my scrapbooking mojo, but this project gave me an easy outlet to deal with photos and tell some stories about the year. I'm thrilled with the photobook and just so pleased that I saw the project through to the end of the year.
If you're interested in seeing all of my pages, you can see them at the Photo a Day tab, or click here.