Well, I did it! I took a photo every day for 100 days. I am rather proud of myself, and I learned a lot along the way. Before I ramble on here are Day 99 and Day 100.
The whole exercise has been a lot of fun. I take a daily walk and have several routes close to Fennell Towers and knowing that I needed to take a photo each day has really made me look and observe my surroundings. I noticed people’s front gardens, the bark on trees, birds, insects, the sky, small flowers, the shapes in the natural world and more. It made me slow down, which can only be a good thing, and notice the beauty in almost everything. I have definitely improved my wellbeing through this project.
It has also had an impact on my photography. The Delightful Mr F taught me to use an SLR when we first met, and I have enjoyed taking photos ever since. Although all these photos were taken on an iPhone and not on my beloved Fuji X10, they are still good quality shots, and it allowed me to learn more about composition and light. Coincidentally, the BBC ran this article on how to improve your photography which includes a suggestion to use your smart phone to develop your skills daily. They call this “photo-sketching”, analogous to artists who sketch daily to practise. I love this idea, and am going to continue using my iPhone camera like this as I think it really helping me improve.
Day 24, the shot of the dandelion is by far my favourite shot of the 100 I took. I think I will get a print of this and put it in my office to remind me to continue to be mindful and to slow down once in a while.