Back in 2007, I thought it would be good for me to do some serious work on my photographic discipline. At that time, it was popular to do a “365 Project” or one photograph per day for a year.
When looking closely at that type of daily project, I found around, say day thirty, people started taking photographs of their feet, single or together, sitting and standing, mirror reflections, flowering or non-flowering bushes, dogs, cats, and food dishes. Maybe that type of project would be too intellectually demanding to start with. I kept looking around. I didn’t want to fall into a common black hole.
Since I was an old hand of making my own “Greetings Cards”, I decided take a photograph a week, and print it out on 110# card stock as a post card. Each card would be hand addressed and have a personal note of humor, worldly observations or sage wisdom. For some of those topic classifications, I did have a book or two that I could use to look up such items.
At the time I was living in Fredericksburg, Virginia, so photographic subjects were not scarce by any means. Fifty-two photographs, fifty-two postcards times a mailing list of twenty people. The Postcard Project would be challenging to produce. Teaching myself photographic discipline, on the other hand, would prove more than I estimated, time consuming and very, very costly. I did give some thought to maybe a lesser project but shelved the impulse.
My deadline was a Tuesday mailing and fortunately, I never missed one. It got close at times, but I managed even though several times I mailed the cards from my day job.
I made every eighth postcard what I called a “Political Humor or Political Quotation” card. I did have a fresh source of information on the topic of politics since I was a newly reformed politician that had just lost, by a large margin, a political campaign for public office.
The Political Card was a selfie back before I knew of or the term “Selfie” became popular. The political cards did show there was still times during the postcard project when I still had too much unsupervised time to myself late at night.
For a first project I learned a lot. I honed a degree of patience that would later let me wait for hours for a small creature to crawl out of a hole … just to get a possible image or catch a bird on the wing. The point of the whole is that I learned a lesson not soon forgotten.
Would I do it again … not at all; been there done that. I will do something in the near future quite different, but it must be challenging. The project I have on-going now I will write about when it is about half finished. I am quite pleased with the way it is turning out.
Next Week Or So … I Just Don’t Know …
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