With all the blog posts about making so many images every few days as part of a new year, I myself feel pressured to do the same. I think its a good idea to do as a photographer though, especially if we have time. I would argue though not to force it but still press yourself. Forcing it, I see leads to frustration and then quitting. We need to set sustainable goals or we are setting ourselves up to fail. It’s the same with all goals and resolutions. Most people set goals that aren’t sustainable so they fail.
With that said I’ve determined that I should post two images every week. I didn’t pick this number randomly. I felt that one image a week wasn’t pushing myself enough while doing one a day would be more than I could handle right now. I’m going to try avoid scrambling for a second image on Saturdays just to meet this quota I’ve seen for myself by planning ahead. I’ve already laid out a rough map of what I’m going to do for the next few weeks and I hope to continue that all year.
My reason for doing this is to push myself to create new images when I’m not currently involved in a project for someone. I want to avoid stagnation and periods of no growth. I don’t know what this year will hold for me as I’m just now spreading my wings after finishing school. I can only hope that it will be a positive year but I’m not going to let myself sit around and wait. I’m going to attempt to make it happen.
Even though it can be done at any point in your life the new year is always full of talk about turning a new leaf or starting anew. I wish you happy voyage on any resolutions you have made to start the year.