I posted a photo each day in 2016, accompanied (most days) by a bit of writing. You can listen to a conversation about that 365 project on The Family Photographer podcast. It started in December 2015, when Jenny proposed the idea to her podcast listeners, and I asked myself, “Why do a 365 project?” To nurture my creative voice? To encourage myself to see beauty in our everyday life? To be an active part of a photography community? To see my family more deeply, with more dimension, and with more reverence?
I think of the quote I so love by Brenda Ueland: “For when you write, if it is to be any good at all, you must feel free — free and not anxious. . . Yes, it has made me like working to see that writing is not a performance but a generosity.” In that spirit of generosity, I decided to venture out on a daily photo project. Thank you to Jenny, one of the most generous people I know, for inspiring me to begin and carry on.
As of January 2018 (going strong into year three), I’m continuing to take and post daily photos. Some weeks I’ll group the photos together and write about the week; other weeks I’ll post individual photos each day. I’m letting my writing ebb and flow with the project this year. My goal is to keep practicing the arts of photography and writing and use these tools as a way to pay attention and express gratitude.
I also post regularly on Instagram (@zanekathryne).