Fatmumslim’s Photo A Day daily prompts have become WILDLY popular on Instagram. Her #febphotoaday photo pool has reached over to 850,000 images as of this morning! I hope she reaches a million, would that be incredible. I really like what Chantelle has created with her prompts and shame on the copy cats out there that don’t do her meme justice, I say if you can’t beat em JOIN EM and then go on to come up with your OWN unique idea, she has something to say to those people on her blog. I would like to formally THANK CHANTELLE for FEBPHOTOADAY because if it wasn’t for her prompts a) my house wouldn’t be nearly as clean as it is (um hello…day 25 inside your medicine cabinet) and b) I probably would have had a few casualties in my daily 365 project. I’ll probably continue to participate in March. How about you? Here are fatmumslim’s prompts for March:
In a couple days I will be 30 days closer to finishing my first 365, in the case of a leap year 366. This is about the same time I gave up last year. After two months of shooting something solely for the sake of documenting, what was once fun is increasingly feeling like a chore, I think that is what they call resistance. I’ll admit here has been a day or two when I double dipped into my pool of dailies but I still maintain the practice of daily shooting. No one said this was going to be easy.
How to keep up the 365 when the mojo has run dry?
I am trying to do is somehow incorporate the daily practice into the things I HAVE to do domestic and otherwise. I grab one of my old Polaroid cameras (this is the 103) and when my daughter and I have park dates I get to play as well, everybody wins. I took this black and white yesterday, my first actually with this new baby. Check out the negative laying underneath, isn’t that cool? I’m kinda more in love with what you are supposed to throw away here.
Hipstamatic // Food Pack
I also try new photo apps or add-on packs for Hipstamatic, I really like Foodie Pak (Loftus Lens, DC film and Tasty Pop flash for you hipsta takers out there) you can see an example below with no additional editing, #purehispatamtic. For me it injects a little fun into the whole ordeal of making dinner.
I also force myself to trot out the tripod and do a little more formal food photography every once and awhile even if it’s just about cookie dough.
It all helps keep me, pardon the pun, focused on the daily practice of improving my photo skills and being creative in general. Doing the work I like to call it.
What do you do everyday that you know you have to do in order to keep the momentum going or help you reach a goal? Have you heard of the book The War of Art? It’s a phenomenal book written by novelist Steven Pressfield, author of The Legend of Bagger Vance , the book talks about the concept of resistance and all the things we do in order to avoid doing what we HAVE to do. I highly suggest adding it to your reader, especially if you are in the business of creating. It will push you into the practice of the daily practice.