This week was a turning point for my project. Once I made the decision to do a Project 52, I felt the need to have some kind of connecting theme for the photos. I'm not sure why I felt that would be necessary for this project vs. last year's 365 but 52 random family photos felt more scattered to me than 365 random ones.
My first 2 weeks of shooting for this project left me feeling nervous and pressured. Narrowing down this week's choice to my two options finally clarified my goals for this year. Looking back, I can't believe I even questioned whether or not to choose this crawling photo of Little Pea. Documenting my family's milestones is what this project is all about for me. Of course this will be the one I want to remember at the end of the year. It seems so obvious now.
But a nice benefit to participating in this project? I still have my other option as a photo to enjoy all on it's own. In the process of trying to capture my 52 photos, I'm going to collect other images I may never have gotten along the way.
So I've finally accepted that my goal remains the same as last year:
Memory trumps art every single time.
Thanks so much for all your input this week. It really helped clear things up for me. I feel much more relaxed about my project now and much of the pressure has been lifted. In fact, yesterday (January 14) is the first day I did not take a picture in 379 days. It was a conscientious decision. I've been maintaining the everyday schedule I established last year but I think that is hindering my goal of quality over quantity for this year. So, since my pick for this week was already chosen, I left well enough alone and took my first day off. Happy to say I have no regrets this morning!