A year ago today, I decided to challenge myself by participating in a Photo A Day Challenge. What started as a test to see if I could snap a new photo over the course of the month became a year long contest between myself, friends and followers. In the beginning, I used pre-made monthly challenges from www.theidearoom.net which served to direct my creativity. I found myself turning my eye away from the easy to get shot, instead looking for the clever. I posted all of my photos to my Instagram account and later, created a Tumblr dedicated only to the challenge.
As the months passed, I created my own monthly challenges, picked up some followers on IG and Twitter as I chronicled my progress with the challenge. Several hashtags were created after I challenged my blog readers to pick up their camera phones and snap along with me. It has been all in good fun and I’m so thankful for the experience that I’ve had.
I have been looking back over the photos I’ve amassed and they tell an interesting story. I can distinctly remember the reasons why I chose certain subjects for certain days. I can tell when I was phoning it in and when I was really trying to stretch myself, stylistically. I’ve grown as an artist, as a photographer, as a visual storyteller.
I’ve been asked if I’d do this challenge again and as of today, right now, the answer is probably not. While this one was great and it pushed me to look for the extraordinary in the ordinary, I’m ready to take on other challenges. There are a variety of 365 projects that I can tackle. I can make them as broad as I did with this past challenge, or specific as only blue colored pieces of clothing on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, street signs on Tuesdays, and food on Thursdays. The possibilities are as far reaching as my own imagination.
I decided to celebrate the conclusion of one challenge with the unveiling of the new home of my blog. Hilary With One L was born on Blogger on November 27, 2007, when I was a newly minted mother of two, looking for an outlet to express my thoughts and feelings on motherhood. My first post was three short paragraphs, followed by a quote from Rita Mae Brown (trying so hard to be so deep). I re-read that post now and just shake my head at how simple it was and how far I’ve come. Close to seven years later, I’ve now got three children, I’ve moved twice, I’ve started a flourishing photography business and have some additional projects in the works. When held up to the photographic catalog of the past 365 days, I’ve made some serious strides.
So, if you’re new, welcome to the new home of Hilary With One L. If you’re a seasoned follower, thanks for sticking around. I’m looking forward to sharing where my next strides take me. . .