I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m glad that I failed my 365 photography challenge in 2023! Let me explain why.
You’ll have guessed from the title that I’m here to confess that I failed my 365 photography challenge that I set myself on New Year’s Day!
I failed and, you know what, I’m so glad that I did. Yes, you read that right.
For the substantive post, you can check out all of my photography from this year’s challenge here but this post will explain how it all came to an end after 136 days. 136 out of 365 isn’t something to be ashamed of. For those that have attempted a 365 photography challenge, whether you accomplished it or ‘failed’ like me, you’ll know just how hard such a challenge is.
For the first couple of months, I felt as though I had inspiration, an abundance of photography ideas just waiting to be captured. It quickly became apparent however that life, when put under the microscope of daily photographs, is quite boring. Quite mundane. At least mine is.
I have a 9 to 5 job in a stressful area of law where I barely leave my home office all day long and pre and post work there are family routines that cannot be shirked. To try and constantly take photographs of something unique each and every day not only becomes a chore but entirely unenjoyable. After a while, it made me resent picking up my camera.
The Fujifilm X-T5 does not deserve that.
The main aspect of the challenge that I really didn’t like was feeling compelled to post to social media each and every day. I also knew that my efforts would be judged and perhaps my photography skills questioned. I say that because I can see that the photographs I created were of the boring, of the mundane and some just from being very lazy; taken once my brain reminded me whilst lying in bed trying to get to sleep.
Until one day, day 137, May 17th, my brain simply forgot to remind me. I did not in the slightest feel as though I had ‘failed’ the challenge – I was relieved, grateful that I didn’t have to pick up my camera. Which is odd considering my love for photography. It’s even taken me almost an extra month to bring myself to write about it!
MY FAVOURITE PHOTOS FROM MY 365 PHOTOGRAPHY CHALLENGE
For those that stuck around, thank you and I hope I’ve inspired you either to pick up or perhaps even leave your camera alone for a bit! We all need a break and there’s no need to force anything. I’m pretty confident you’ll never see me attempting a 365 photography challenge again!
I’m looking forward to seeing what the rest of 2023 brings and maybe I’ll switch on my camera again soon!