Project 365, my new year’s resolution

2006 was the year I discovered Groovy, a scripting language for the Java VM which changed great parts of my private coding and work life. 2010 will be the year I am focusing on something fairly non-technical: Photography. And just to make sure: it does not mean I am less interested in Groovy and I will also definitely continue the podcast together with Glen!

On January 1st, 2010, I joined the 365:2010 group on Flickr. Project 365 is about taking a picture everyday. My ambitious goal is to take one portrait every day and I must admit I failed miserably on day one. The challenge here is less the technicalities of taking a picture (which also can be quite complex if you want to get a good shot), but communication and approaching people. I realized this the hard way and softened my goals a but, allowing me to not feel as a complete idiot the first day of the project. My first picture is here on Flickr by the way.

Luckily, day two was better. I approached 5 people at our local market in Sunnyvale, CA, and none of the people I approached rejected my request to take a couple of shots of them. They were all pretty happy I believe. So I guess my first day’s choice of people was just simply the kind of people who would never have said yes… or at least not easily. Here is my chosen picture of day two, but be sure to take a look at the rest of the portrait pictures so far here.

I really hope to make portraiture a daily part of my life, the first days are promising and I am still fully motivated. But I realize 365 days (I think it is actually 366 2010, right?) is a long time. Even if I won’t be able to take a picture or portrait every day, I am sure it helps me develop my photography skills – simply because it already has.


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