In November 2011 I completed a personal art project which was a year in the making, here is the details.
The project was entitled “Take two a day” and I ventured upon it from November the 14th 2010 until November the 14th 2011 ( why these dates you ask? Well mainly because as you will read below the project was about reflection and having just followed my birthday I was in a reflecting mood.)
It lasted the whole year; I never missed a day and much to the shock of most people I shot the entire endeavor on 35mm film. That’s right I shot a years worth of film…35mm SLR film for all you camera junkies and didn’t get it developed until almost half a year later. This may seem like torturing myself but then that was the idea, to have images trapped in canisters for a year just like my memories to have experienced them but not be able to access them with the clarity I had in the moment.
You see I have a terrible memory for short-term events, I can recall whole events from years ago but they aren’t usually important events they are always silly little things, insignificant moments in time and usually only triggered by items and images I see.
And so I shall explain the project.
The idea of the project came as I say after my Birthday and from looking into other people’s 365 projects in which they usually pick a single subject and take a photograph of it daily. A friend of mine Dom did a 365 of self portraits each day trying to out do himself and to come up with something original every day. I have seen many projects covering many subjects and the main reason these projects have become so popular is because of digital imaging and the ease at which you can craft and image and post it into a network such as Flickr and some people do such projects just as a publicity stunt, because if one person who hadn’t seen your work before randomly sees your image from a random day they may like it and seeing that its part of a bigger project choose to follow you to see whats to come, It’s a classic technique of giving someone a small taste and they stay for more.
But I didn’t want that, I didn’t have time to craft an online persona like I do now as social media was still burgeoning I was simply looking for conceptual growth. I realised that the year I was embarking upon would be a pretty impact filled year in terms of events; as I was finishing University, I would be moving into the ‘Real world’, I would be unemployed once more and so this in a way was my statement to cap off that part of my life.
And so I did. Everyday I photographed events and moments from my year; people cameoed in shots when they didn’t realise others realised but didn’t worry when I explained that I wouldn’t be developing the film for a year and they would probably never see the shot. I captured a year in my life, and looking back now I remember more of that year than I do any other in my life as I have this selection of 700 and something photographs to remind me, to be honest I’ll probably do this again because the project wasn’t for anyone but me really and in doing so I created something which I really enjoy looking at again and again.
Thank you for looking and I hope you enjoy a glimpse into my life!
I’ve given myself chance to re-live a year through these snapshots of each day and that’s a satisfying result enough for me.