My 30 days of going steady with the iPhone and publishing one image a day are over.
At the end of 2012, I was sick of thinking about my camera gear. What camera, what lens, how many strobes should I bring?!! AGGHHHH!! Whatever!
I got into photography because I like taking photos. I like to cut a piece from the busy world and make my own little-simple-world with a photograph. You don’t need a bag full of gear to do that. You just need one camera. That is why I chose the iPhone. Small, easy to use, edit on the fly, publish from anywhere, and I always have it in my pocket. This was my medicine for my Gearhead Disorder of 2012.
I decided to start 2013 with my iPhone and publish one photo a day for 30 days. That was the only rule. Publish one iPhone photo everyday. No matter what! Somedays I took 20 photos, other days I only took 3. But all that mattered was I had to ship one photo a day.
In the beginning of the project I thought I might have some hard days. You know, days when you can’t find anything interesting to shoot. Or all the photos you take are crap.
Well, I didn’t.
That’s not because I am a great photographer. It is more about work ethic and attitude.
It goes like this.
Some people only work when they feel “inspired” but others get to work when the clock strikes 9am. I think the people who get themselves inspired at 9am are the most creative. If you are waiting for the muse to inspire you then you have something else coming. But if you set a time and goal then the muse will come visit you everyday. That is what this project did for me. Sure it forced me to shoot and publish everyday but I never felt under unnerving pressure. As long as I got up everyday and did my work the shot found me and all I had to do was click the shutter button like a stupid monkey. Probably a lot of you disagree with this but that is fine. This is how it works for me and I am pretty sure it will work for anyone who tries.
Or maybe, you could summarize this rant in 3 words…
“Real artists ship” , Steve Jobs
Not to say I am a “real artist” but I believe the quote summarizes it well.