In just a few days, on March 1st to be exact, I will have been posting a “photo of the day” on Facebook every day for one year.
It started as a 30 day challenge between me and my friend Karen, who lives in England. We’d done it once before a few years ago, before either or us were on Facebook, and we emailed the photos back and forth. But it was 30 days and done back then. This time we decided to keep going.
In 365 days I think I’ve missed only 2 or 3 days, and then made up for it with two photos the following day. Only once did posting actually slip my mind. The other lapses were due to travel and changes in time zones.
A lot has changed in one year.
What started as a lark has become an obsession. My desire to improve my photos, maybe sell them and create a side income from this thing on which I will spend a minimum of one or two hours each day – often more – has grown with each passing month. I’ve gone through two National Geographic photo course, done a NatGeo photo walk and will be attending another seminar of theirs in April. Instead of eyeing clothes I might want, I now regularly hunt ebay and Craigslist, hoping to find a quality wide angle or telephoto lense at a price I can afford. (No luck so far. Which plays into the desire to sell some of my photos.)
I’ve gone through phases of loving my photo of the day results, and phases of being irritated and/or frustrated with myself and my photographic limitations.
Other things have changed, too.
My friend Elsa Haas, who would never post a public comment but would often send me witty emails after reading a blog or seeing one of my photos on line, passed away from cancer just after Christmas. I miss seeing her name in my inbox.
Other friends reconnected after years of losing touch, mostly by seeing my photos on Facebook, some of which I made public, and sending me friend requests. (Nice to get friend requests from actual friends!)
And, you know, life happened in all its variations from wonderful to sad. More wonderful than sad, for which I am always grateful.
I’m thinking that on March 1st I might post my 12 favorite photos from the past year. Can I choose just twelve?
And of course there will be a new one as well. Photo of the day isn’t done.