Addition: here's the link to the rest of my One Camera, One Lens, One Year project.
One of my friends once told me that he needs to go out photographing at least once a week to keep his skills sharp. At the time I was more likely to do one photo trip a month or so. That’s certainly not enough and I wasn’t too happy about it either. Not much has changed since then, I still have much less time for photography than I’d like. And even worse – I’m not much into lenghty car rides because of my back problems.
After long frustration I decided to give in and try something like „one picture a day“ project or it’s fancier version – OCOLOY (One Camera, One Lens, One Year). I can’t play exactly by either rules – there won’t be one picture every day, but more like two a week. Or at least I hope so. And I own just one camera I can easily carry every day – Sony RX100-M3. It has a zoom lens, so no 50mm equivalent (but then again, I use almost exclusively fixed focal length lenses on my main camera and have plenty of time to learn their quirks; it’s actually quite amazing how buying Zeiss 21mm lens has changed my photography). But it’s still one lens, because it’s not interchangeable.
I plan not to print either, at least in the beginning, I just want to start somewhere without any preconditions or financial commitments. My experience this far is that projects requiring considerable investments up front never work out for me. But I’ll probably buy a Sigma DP2 Merill (or something similar – there’re not too many 50mm-es that fit in a pocket available) if any show up on the aftermarket. My ’printing’ will be publishing here – I just don’t like to throw random crap at the readers, so there’ll certainly be a filter. I also plan to tag all the posts with OCOLOY and do a tighter edit at the end – say, 12 pictures.
I intentionally don’t want to wait until 1st of January either, New Year’s resolutions never worked for me. So I guess it’s going to be December to December. Or until whenever.
My main problem with projects like these are that they’re a good excuse to publish bad photography. I’ve always felt there has to be something bigger behind what I publish, a project or a concept. But I’ve f***ed up two projects and I feel like I’ve started to lose the enjoyment of it. So, I’m trying to find a reason to enjoy photography again, even if that means random not so good photos for some time.
And above is the first picture.