In 2010, I decided to start a 365 photo project because I loved the idea of having a daily dose of creativity. I work in the graphic design field, and have all sorts of opportunities to think creatively, but it was important to me to do so without budgets or client restrictions attached. My hope was that the more I did it, the more flexible my mind and eyes would become. In addition, I also wanted to improve my photography skills on a technical level. I started the year shooting in automatic on a Canon G9 and ended the year owning my first SLR, a Nikon D3100. I still have lots to learn, but have come a long way.
My 365 year achieved everything I had hoped for, but what most surprised me was the connections that I made, and the people that I met. Flickr proved to be a really supportive environment to post my photos to, and I got comments from all over the world. I became friends with some of those contacts and even had the chance to meet some of the Winnipeger’s in person. It was an amazing experience!
My 365 project ultimately turned into a visual diary. I’ve always kept a journal, but I’ve saved it mostly for those times when I’ve been confused and needed to think a situation out and/or if I was really happy and wanted to remember something. The 365 visual diary was day-to-day, moment-to-moment… and I think much more instinctual. I poured out random observations, shared accounts of my days, let out my frustrations and was brave enough to share some of my most personal experiences and fears. My hope is that you’ll get a sense of that through my Outlet Collection – the best of my work from a year of living photographically.