Tomorrow I will be kicking off the first in a series of 12 photo day projects. This is a brand new challenge for me so I don't have a specific example to send you to but it is a miniature version of my annual "Day in the Life" project that is hosted each May.
The 10 on 10 project's goals are:
1. On the 10th of each month in the year, capture an image once an hour for 10 consecutive hours.
2. The subject of the photos is up to interpretation but my personal goal is to document what a normal day is like in our family. I'm guessing there will be laundry piles, plates of food, a living room scattered with toys, shots of grocery bags and bathtime ritual shots.
3. Since the focus is on 10 images for a day, my goal is to make each of those 10 as strong as they can be. Lighting, composition, my final editing, it all matters to me for this project. I want to capture our everyday in the most beautiful way possible.
At the end of the year, I'm looking forward to seeing how our everyday changed over the course of the next 12 months. This also allows me one day a month to spend really analyzing how the light changes in the same spaces across the seasons.
If you've participated in the Day in the Life project, the goal for that is to "shoot, shoot, shoot" and document every last detail of your day. My annual project usually has 80 – 120 photos. The 10 on 10 is much more focused and purposeful and requires a lot more thinking than shooting. It definitely ties into my "slow down, edit more, delete more" goals I'm still really working on.
So are you interested in joining me? The first day is tomorrow. All you need to do is:
1. Pick 10 consecutive hours for your project. I think I'm going to do 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. tomorrow. This may change for me month by month, but it could also be the same if you wanted to.
2. Shoot one photo an hour. Generally, you should do it at the top of the hour so they are evenly spaced, but I won't be checking your Exif data to make sure.
3. Select and edit 10 single photos. This is the only hard and fast rule. This is a project that requires 10 single images. I'm all for bending rules on everything else we do, but this one seems pretty clear to me.
4. Load your 10 images into a set on Flickr and then share them in our group. Please tag them: #10on10develop so I can find them.
I suspect that some of you are intrigued by this but think that your everyday moments are not something you're necessarily interested in capturing. Your subject matter is very much open to interpretation.
Alternative suggestions for themes:
– 10 macro shots of everyday objects
– 10 shots of the same spot to see how light changes in a day across the seasons (a window, a tree in your yard, etc.)
– 10 self portraits that may or may not include your face
– 10 portraits of people you encounter in your day
– 10 shots of a traveling object (teddy bear, silly figurine, etc that is placed in unique spots in your office and home)
Feel free to play and have fun with this!
Any questions? Let me know in the comments. I'm excited to try this new challenge together.