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Noe Todorovich is a Washington, DC based lifestyle photographer, and this is her blog. She shares musings, travels, photographs, tips, suggestions and more.

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Project 162

Gina Todorovich

The project formerly known as Project 365

For a few years, I'd been interested in doing a project 365—to push myself to take a picture every day for a year. Towards the end of 2010, my friend and fellow photographer, Nakeva, and I began talking about making it happen. We started out with a Posterous site for a few of us to post to. Having company helped keep me motivated and inspired—for a while.

I eventually stopped posting to Posterous and just posted to Flickr. And then I missed a day. "That's alright," I thought. "I'll just have to make up that one day by extending it a little." The days that I would almost forget about taking a photo and force myself to find something, anything to snap a picture of with my phone increased.

I started to debate whether or not to continue this endeavor. One day I tweeted about my deliberations and my friend Penney brilliantly, simply responded:

 

Looks like I didn't even make it to 182, but the point was that I was no longer feeling the project. I was doing it out of a sense of obligation, not motivation.

Part of what drew me to the idea of a project 365 in the first place was the motivation to take a picture every day. However, some days, I just forget or don't really feel it. And I hate doing something, particularly photography, that I am not actually feeling. It's not organic, inspired. I'm not saying I won't do it, or that we don't sometimes need to do things we don't want to. I am saying that for me, I want my own photography projects to be real, inspired. Not forced.

So I am freeing myself from the guilt and redefining this project as project 162. It was a good experience and helped push me to get some good shots.

Now I think I'm ready for project photograph like you mean it. Where I am not married to a specific formula or number of shots I need, but instead I collect photographs that I shoot because I want to shoot them. Ones that really mean something to me. 

Thanks to Penney for helping me in this deliberation, all through a single tweet. And thanks to my friends who continue to remind me to ____ (photograph) #likeyoumeanit: @simplyleap, @hillarygrove, @janmichaeldc, @rachaelgk, & @aposhgirl.

Without further ado, I present to you...the project formerly known as project 365...

Project 365

Gina Todorovich

I've thought about it for a while now and probably made at least 365 excuses why not, but I finally started a project 365. Yup, I committed (wait for it, that wasn't the punchline this time) to taking at least one picture every day for a year. Thanks to fellow photographer, Nakeva, who I met at the Citizen Effect Citizen Gulf fundraiser in August last year, for helping make this happen. We decided 2011 is the year to follow through with this.

While I'd love to have 365 well-planned, perfected photos, I know myself. There will be days when I'm lazy. There will be days when I'm forgetful. There will be days when I'm busy. So I've accepted that some pictures will be taken with my phone, and some even potentially obligatory. I hope those are the exception, though.

And my phone can take some pretty impressive pictures, I'd say. Here goes!

 

Four days and counting...