The LIFEyear Project
I was a very well documented child! My father, a librarian and an avid photographer, didn’t leave any mood of mine unillustrated. There was always a camera pointed at me and I had become a pro at smiling. My father bought me my first camera at the age of 12. I snapped a lot of black & white pictures with it – subjects such as old relatives and my surroundings. Developing film was expensive and I had a small allowance so expression had its limitations. Six years later my most distinct memory was of waking up on my 18th birthday and there was a present next to my pillow from my father. It was an automatic Nikon 35mm film camera. I was so excited because it didn’t look like a toy camera like my old one did. I shot a lot of pictures but never got as good as my dad. I never learnt to use the manual mode on his camera. I was happy looking at his beautiful pictures and whenever I wanted anything captured perfectly I would ask him.
I got seriously interested in photography three years ago. I bought my first digital SLR and started experimenting. Since developing film was no longer needed I was able to take tons of pictures and learn from my mistakes. My only regret is that (well there are two) that my father never got to experience digital photography since he passed away before that became popular and that I never got to show him the enthusiasm I have developed for photography. I would give anything to talk to him about it now and learn his tricks and tips. Since starting this blog I became more interested in food photography in particular. I love taking pictures of food, but my appetite for photography remains unfulfilled. Considering ways to express myself I started thinking about a ‘365 project’, i.e. taking pictures of my surroundings everyday for a year.
I discussed this with our follow blogger who has also become our good online friend, Rebecca from rCakewalk.blogspot.com and we decided to start this joint venture together. We call it the LIFEyear project and you can visit us at LIFEyear.wordpress.com. Each of us will take one picture everyday for a year and post it on this website. It will illustrate one year in our lives and we will capture it in a printed book at the end of 365 days. I am really excited about this project because it will bring me closer to my dad’s memory. I will think about him as I take each picture.. this one is for you, Abba!