Archive for January, 2012
In late 2010 I jumped in as an early adopter to Windows Phone 7 and purchased a HTC 7 Mozart. While Windows Phone 7 still proves to be like Marmite, and the handsets available trail behind those offered by Android, it was an improvement over my previous phone. Finally I had a smartphone which easily supported the different social networks and had apps I wanted to use, unlike my previous Windows Mobile 6.5 handset, which had programs rather than apps.
The camera wasn’t bad either. An 8 megapixel sensor with a Xenon flash, quite a unique feature for a phone. Finally I was carrying a camera with me every day capable of some reasonable shots. Of course my compact Canon Ixus 85IS was, and still is, far better, but I don’t take that everywhere. So, on January 1st 2011, I began ‘Project 365′ (#project365).
The idea is simple – take at least 1 picture a day, and share it somewhere. I chose to do this primarily through Windows Live SkyDrive, because the phone could auto-upload the pictures. The album can be found here: http://bit.ly/z5m5H3
But looking back on it now, if I had known how difficult it would be, I’d not have committed!
At the end of the year, I had only 359 photos! Even when trying, I fell 6 short of a picture for every day. Some days I just felt there was nothing worth taking a picture of. Most of the time I’m travelling to the same depressing office, to do the same mindless job. I don’t want to be taking photos of that. I’m sure over half, possibly three quarters of the pictures are of my pet rats, and more recently, pet cats.
This really has shown me that most of the time, my life is boring. I do the same thing day in day out in such a routine, photo opportunities don’t really present themselves. Certainly not ones worth sharing. I at one point created a set on my Flickr to share these photos, but have since deleted them. These are not pictures worth having on Flickr. Instead, I will leave them on Windows Live, where they can be seen if anyone wants too.
This year, I knew right away I did not want to try this again. It highlights the boredom of my life far too much. Of course I’m going to keep taking, and sharing, pictures of my cats. That is, after all, what the internet is there for! But I’m not going to force myself to take pictures when pictures don’t need taking.