Project 300 // Out with the old in with the new //
2013 has been an incredibly busy year, but it really ended on a high.
// Project 300 saw me shoot more frames in 2 months than I had shot in the previous 2 years.
In the end I only managed 26 days and not the destined 30, and there was a time that would have annoyed me. But having achieved and seen what I have in those 26 days has been nothing short of awesome.
// The first few days started with a couple timelapses.
But no way could I keep up shooting 35GB a day.
However, watching the landscape unfold for hours was worth it, actually taking the time sit and watch the world go by is nothing but a worthwhile experience that we should acquaint ourselves with more often. No excuses.
When I first set out on the idea of photographing 10 hours a day I outlined 4 whys.
WHY > To see if it's about putting the time in or putting yourself out there.
WHY > I find myself online, editing, networking & behind the computer so much that I only often shoot when it's a job. And frankly I think that's crap.
WHY > I used to work my nuts off in press photography, shooting and hustling 50 hours plus a week. So I guess part of me wants to see if I still have that hustle and fight for shooting and for the first time just shooting for me!
WHY> Why not? What do I have to lose? What can you do when you put your mind to it.
I'll admit they were broad reasons for why I would take on such a laborious task but I found that there was a lesson to be learned.
The biggest achievement from Project 300 was finding solace and enjoyment from the simplest of things.
It's not just about the amount of time you stick in, it's about the quality of the time spent.
Not forcing the photograph, but rather letting the moment unfold in front of you while being prepared, organised and ready to capture and document that moment.
Watching sunrises and sunsets, hiking through the forests to the top of mountains all while watching nature combine with the elements.
Having to shelter from the rain under trees and hiding in caves, but also enjoying the surprise warmth of the sun in late November wearing just a t-shirt by the sea.
// Take nothing for granted.
There'll be more work and images released from project 300 after I have had some time to reflect on the 128 GB of photos that I have accrued.
A huge thanks to friends & those who came along for the ride, Zach, Scott & Shane. And also not forgetting a patient girlfriend, who put up with my antisocial shooting and editing hours. Cheers.