One day, on my way to work, I realised I don’t take enough photos. I didn’t use my cameras as much as I wanted, mostly just because I was too lazy to pack them in my bag and carry them around all day. So I decided to change that with a photo project that would last 100 days. Just because 100 sounded like a good number.
The idea was to use my camera daily to train my eyes to pay more attention to details, especially when seeing the same things every day. I wanted to also challenge myself by taking these photos in a certain time frame – usually before 11am. That way I could make more use of my mornings (usually not my most productive time) as well as making sure that I wouldn’t skip a day by pretending to not having had time until the night when the light was gone. I’m good at making excuses, so giving myself some restrictions should minimise that.
The main restriction was to take a photo every morning. Another thing I decided, was that the photos should be in portrait mode. I mostly shoot in landscape, I usually forget to turn my camera to get a different crop. I wanted to train myself to do that more often. Weekday photos also usually had to be taken on my way to work – I mostly take the same route and I wanted to try and see different things every day.
I really enjoyed the project. This was also one of my quicker turnarounds – the day after I decided to do this project, I started. I haven’t missed a single day and I have photos of 100 consecutive days that I like. Not all of the images are super creative but they document my mornings, show a glimpse of my routines and also my beautiful neighbourhood.
I think shooting every day definitely improved my photography, my ability to notice things and it sped up my workflow. I won’t keep taking photos every morning but I will take my camera with me more often. Maybe I’ll keep it in my bag every day even, we’ll see.
I’m not sure how many photos I took overall but I edited almost 600. Here are some of my favourites, in random order.
Now that the 100 mornings are over, I need a new project. But first, I’m going to Colombia for 2.5weeks. My first proper holiday this year – much needed. After that I’ll start thinking of something new to do. I’ve got loads of ideas already, just need to pick one (or some) to execute.
I might make a book of my 100 mornings. Well, I would like to. It’s on the list…
If you want to see photos from every single day of my 100 mornings, visit my instagram and check out my “highlights”. They’re all there.