It was Adam Lisagor’s wonderful commercial for Everyday that first brought my attention to photo a day projects; something that I immediately found worthwhile and interesting. Everyday App allows an average iPhone user to regularly and easily take a photo of themselves each day. I loved it from the beginning.
I started in early 2011, and after three years, I finally have completed the first stage of my photo a day project. I didn’t think I would make it three years, as sticking with something that requires your time and attention (no matter how little) each day usually burns me out after a much shorter time period. It wasn’t the case for Everyday.
Setting a daily reminder allowed me to take a small break from my day, and I enjoyed that. Taking half a minute to direct yourself into good lighting, and hopefully an interesting or representative background, allowed me a respite from the mental or physical tasks that filled up my waking hours.
For the three year long duration of this project I wasn’t able to get in exactly one photo for every one day. If I fell behind for whatever reason, I would sometimes take one photo in the morning and one in the evening. Of course I didn’t always accomplish this either, and of the 1,095 days that went by I have photos for a little more than 800. This shortfall is explained by a period when I didn’t have an iPhone, my time on the iOS 7 Beta for which Everyday did not work (no blame to the developer, they have no duty to support pre-release, Beta operating systems), and general inattentively to the daily reminder.
When I mentioned this was my first stage, I mean that I very well plan on continuing taking a photo everyday and create more projects. This three year span will hopefully be subsumed into a five year project, assuming Everyday App is still supported and in active development. I have small apprehensions that cause me to worry on that front, but I trust that the developer will see that this app is geared for the long term, and make sure that it continues to be viable.
I plan on conducting my next two years a little more diligently than the first three. When I was first starting out, I didn’t always align my face to the previous pictures as well as I could have. Also, gaps in my photo taking sometimes produces an aesthetically jarring effect, as my alignment or hair length suddenly change dramatically. I want to accomplish a much more fluid timeline, in which small changes over time will be evident, instead of big ones instantaneously. Lighting, especially important while using the front facing camera, is also a focus I want to redouble my efforts on. Overly grainy photos do make an appearance more than I consider acceptable.
Perhaps in the years to come I will experiment a little more with Everyday. It was just over a week ago that I viewed Neven Mrgan’s Everyday project, and very much liked the rotations and zooming that he did throughout his photos. I’m not sure if deviating from the previous day’s photo alignment is something I would do, but it is worth thinking about.
I have always enjoyed using Everyday and I am certain that it is worth it for both me and potentially anyone reading this. For the amount of time I have put into this project, my returns have been immense and incredibly rewarding in nature.