If 5 years ago someone told me that I’d be taking daily photos for 1825 days straight, I’d laugh. First - I can’t do it. Second - I don’t know how to take photos. Third - who even needs that?
Those three excuses are the ones I hear the most when I invite people to join Tookapic and take up the 365 challenge.
Now I know, that if 5 years ago I gave in to the excuses, I wouldn’t be the man I am today. I have quite a few reasons to believe that without 365 project, I’d miss a lot of those last 5 years.
365 project helped me with my self-discipline. I now know that I can take up pretty much any challenge. Daily training - sure! Healthy diet - why not! I felt unstoppable after my first year. Now, that feeling is even stronger.
365 project helped me value the small little moments in life. The ones people don’t usually capture, because they won’t look good on Instagram or Facebook. The slices-of-life moments. Mundane daily life, that I think we don’t appreciate enough.
365 project helped me understand how fast time flies. I mean, when I posted my first photo here on Tookapic, my wife wasn’t even pregnant. Now I’m a father of two.
365 project helps me remember every single one of those 1825 days.
365 project helped me become a better photographer. Sure, there are some really bad photos in my album, but you can’t be awesome all the time, can you? There are some beautiful images as well. I would’ve not taken neither terrible or exceptionally great photos if it wasn’t for the self imposed requirement to take, edit, and post a photo every day. 365 project did more for my photography than any piece of gear I ever bought.
365 project helped me cure GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome). I stopped buying cameras. I finally understood that it’s not the camera that takes the photo. Sold some of my gear and stuck with the same camera for almost two years now.
365 project made it possible to meet amazing people. The crowd absolutely passionate about photography.
Thank you all for being part of this community. Thank you for your photos, your comments, your likes and stars.
See you all tomorrow.
P.S. 365 Project and photos like the one above also helped my wife understand how weird I really am. And I want to thank her for putting up with me.
P.S. 2. For those of you who prefer polish, I’ll sum up my 5-year journey on my personal blog tomorrow (and I will post a link to the article tomorrow as well).