B.Inspired Art

Art by Rebecca Barkley

365 Project Completed

 

Day 38

Day 38 – My favourite unplanned photo. I was taking a picture of the guitar when this little guy appeared!

On the 2nd of July 2013, a friend of mine posted a comment on facebook that said she was going to write a poem everyday for a whole month.

Day 27

Day 27 – Alice in Wonderland inspired dress up

It got me thinking. I have read about photographers who have attempted the 365 photography project, where they take a photo a day for a whole year. So I challenged my friend to stretch her goal to an entire year. I thoughtlessly mentioned the photography project as well.. which lead her to throw it right back at me. She’d write a poem a day if I took a photo a day. And so it began.

Day 166

Day 166 – It was a bit boring so I added a faery

Now why on earth would I do such a thing!? The short answer is ‘it seemed like a good idea at the time.’ I was on maternity leave  with a 3 month old baby. I had plenty of things to do to keep me busy, but I thought if I took on the challenge then I’d have a reason to be creative everyday. I HAD to be creative everyday! It was a brilliant plan.

Day 33 b

Day 33 – Our cats are in 15 photos

I loved the idea of having a visual diary at the end, which had a picture to represent each day for that year. Imagine looking back and knowing exactly what you did every single day? It sounded pretty neat to me.

Day 111

Day 111 – Inspired by ‘Mia’s Daydreams’

It started out as a joy.. I’d think up ideas for my photos, often thinking a few days in advance.. the possibilities seemed endless! I discovered so many talented photographers and was inspired to use some of their ideas. Not to mention an endless amount of photography techniques, styles and tricks to try out. ‘This is going to be easy!’ I thought. Oh how I was wrong. They don’t call it a challenge for nothing you know.

Day 105

Day 105 – Last minute idea that worked quite well!

It didn’t take too long for me to come to a time where taking one simple photo in a 24 hour time frame suddenly became a chore. It took 22 days in fact. On Day 22 I was preoccupied decorating my new bag. The thought of taking a photo just annoyed me! But I did it anyway, and surprise surprise I took a photo of the bag and bling I was busy making. Not the most creative of photos, but damn it I had a photo!

Day 22

Day 22 – Bag bling

There were easy days and there were hard days. Sometimes I’d have a great idea that turned out.. well not that great. Then other days I literally ran outside to take a quick snap and it became something way better than I’d imagined! Those days were awesome.

Day 171

Day 171 – I ran outside for a quickie ‘idontcarejustneedphoto’ photo and ended up with this! I quite like it.

At times I’d draw a complete blank! I’d look around the room looking for a spark of inspiration.. but it didn’t always come. So I’d head outside, looking around the garden for insects or pretty flowers.. I had many days like these, especially towards the end and they were very frustrating. On a good day though, I’d get an idea that was easy to create. Like the picture below, Day 208.

Day 208

Day 208 – This was one of those panic days where I had no good ideas.. then I spotted a mini plate and fork

A lot can happen in a year. Between July 2013 – July 2014 I lost a loved one, moved house, returned to work and my baby became a toddler. So as the project progressed my commitment became harder and harder to stick to.

Day 155

Day 155 – I recall this moment very well. I had received some news that morning that made me very sad. Later that day I saw this beautiful rainbow appear.

Day 161

Day 161 – The day my dear Nan passed away xxx

 

At times I was sick, tired or even hung over on the odd occasion. I’d be grumbling to myself about the stupid project and how silly it was and why should I bother.. it was those moments where I was really pushed to think up something with an attitude that I wouldn’t normally be thinking creatively with. That sometimes sparked an interesting idea I would not have otherwise thought of. And that is exactly one of the reasons I attempted it in the first place.

Day 57

Day 57 – An early lazy day. I took a photo of the moss and didn’t know what to put in there for a few days. I forced myself to think of things until finally ducks came to mind!

There were days where the weather didn’t really allow me to take pictures outside (heavy rain + camera = not a good idea) and times where I’d miss out on the sunlight so I’d be limited to a picture inside or a night time shot. And of course there were those days where I had SO many things to do!!

Day 162 a

Almost dark.. capturing the last bit of light

Other times I had the complete opposite where my photo was so easy it was no extra effort at all – these were the days where I was planning to take pictures anyway. Bliss. The only tricky part about that is trying to choose just one photo for the day. In some cases I just couldn’t choose so I either put 2 or more pictures together as one image, or I used two separate photos for the one day. I only did that twice, for Day 18 and Day 353.

Day 353 (1)

Day 353 (1) – Elle, Ryan and Marcus, family photoshoot

Day 353 (2)

Day 353 (2) – Nathalie, Eve and baby, maternity photoshoot

I found myself exploring a lot more too, mainly in the warmer months. To try and get away from too many photos being taken in the same place I’d venture out! The photo below, Day 176 was taken in the garden of an old family friend’s home. I wouldn’t normally ask to go out in the garden to browse on my own, but when I was thinking of photo opportunities 24/7 I knew I had to take advantage of being near such a lovely view!

Day 176

Day 176 – Friend’s garden, about 6 photos stitched together

The project pushed me to try new things and think outside the box. (Or inside the house) I found myself thinking of ideas and looking around for interesting things to photograph. I did this all the time. I had never paid so much attention to the seasons and just how much they change the scenery, until this project. I watched plants grow though different stages, die, then release their seeds and I learned so much by taking the time to really see everything with open eyes.

Day 5

Day 5

Day 98

Day 98

Day 154

Day 154

The above three photos are all taken of the same plant during the different seasons. I like comparing them because you can see not only how much the plant has changed, but also the difference in each image due to the lighting/time of day it was taken.

Day 209

Day 209 – Inspired by flower skirts I’d seen online before. This photo took ages!

Throughout the project I took a total of 50 self portraits, and this doesn’t include the pictures of my hands and feet. The reason is, when I need a model I’m always available. I am limited to what I can do but it allows me to get a person in the image posing exactly how I want them to. Of course it takes way longer and I end up running back and forth, throwing myself into the pose then running back to check the photo. I imagine it would look amusing if anyone else is watching. I have been known to fall over props/furniture and hurt myself during these mad rushes but that’s another story..

Day 309

Day 309 – By running between posing and taking the photo, my kitty got pretty annoyed and this is the precise moment she clawed her way down my back, leaving me with long stingy scratches!

The photos I enjoyed taking the most were the ones that involved dressing up! These took the most time and were usually attempted during the day when I was home alone. There were funny moments though where I’d be dressed up or wearing something slightly odd while posing awkwardly.. and suddenly there would be a knock at the door. Or even worse I’d be out in public and I’d notice someone looking at me, confused.

Day 15

Day 15 – Jumping in the park with hair over my face. Nothing odd happening here..

Day 168

Day 168 – No, I wasn’t nakey. I did have clothes on. Dustin busted me posing against the fence and tucking my hair into it.

Another thing I enjoyed about this project was having the chance to attempt all the pictures I had planned to try out ‘one day’. Well, maybe not all of them but you know, mainly those ideas that revolved around dressing up or using a new technique.

Day 37

Day 37 – Since having my boy, recreating this image of Sarah and Toby from the Labyrinth was a must!!

I’m glad I took on the challenge and actually managed to complete it. I was very close to calling it quits a few times. Not only did I learn a lot, but I’ve ended up with a nice big fat folio of work too!

Day 356 a

Day 356 – These Tawny Frogmouths were a nice surprise!

I am currently designing a book to release with all the images in it, and I’m going to have all the photos available to purchase as prints. If you are interested in either of these, you can send me an email or follow me on facebook.

To see the completed 365 project album CLICK HERE!

Day 332

Day 332 – One of my favourite subjects to photograph

8 random facts, just for the hell of it..

  • The most common thing to be photographed is flowers, with 54 photos.
  • The second was myself, at 50.
  • I first heard about the project through photographer Molly Strohl
  • In one of the photos I am drunk
  • 2 photos have been exhibited
  • The most popular photo is Day 37 (Labyrinth inspired) with 49 likes on FB
  • Day 33 has 33 likes (this could change)
  • Cats were the most common creature with 15 photos, followed closely by butterflies at 14

 

 

 

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