Waving An Enormous White Flag!

I surrender. I give up. I’m done. While it seriously bums me out to admit this, because I never quit on anything I commit to, even if this was supposed to be something solely for my own benefit, my project has turned into something I am deeply unhappy with. I am referring to my 1 photo a day for 100 days. As great an idea as it sounded originally, and as impressive the portfolios are of other Redbubblers who have achieved this goal, I have come to the conclusion that I don’t have the quality time it takes to get a shot that I am proud of and therefore I found myself posting stuff out of this need to post for the sake of posting as opposed to posting what I am truly proud of and what meets my own personal standards. I am infinitely impressed at those who can get that magical shot day in and day out to confidently share with the world. I sadly admit here that I cannot keep up. If a moment in time appears worthy of capturing, I embrace the opportunity. Otherwise, I must move on. It amazes me how I can go for long periods of time without anything to trigger my photo fancy then suddenly BAM! I can find myself knee deep in images I can be happy with. I guess that’s what this boils down to. I was ashamed of what I’d come up with to post and dreading more of the same. I cannot work like that and I do not want those kinds of nothing images to populate a portfolio that I take seriously.

Thanks to those of you who offered your amazing support. Sorry I bailed. I hope you can understand.

Sincerely,
Ainsley

Comments

  • Outdoors2
    Outdoors2about 3 years ago

    Go with a weekly? It is a good idea (the shot a day) but if it is to much stretch it a little, even a month just categorize it as such. This way you won’t feel remorse about “quitting” ha jk
    R

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 3 years ago

    Totally understandable. Once something that you love to do and take pride in becomes a chore then it is time to reevaluate… as you have wisely done.
    The portfolio is a tool to showcase your best. I am thinking of going through and culling mine because I feel I have improved vastly in some areas and as much as I am fond of some of the less than stellar images, fondness is not enough :))
    Good on you Ainsley, I like people who know when to say enough is enough. :)
    Maree xx

  • JohnDSmith
    JohnDSmithabout 3 years ago

    I hear you,….One a day,.. would not work for me,….Sorry it didn`t work out for you,….But then there really was no harm done.,….
    Cheer`s

  • Marjorie Wallace
    Marjorie Wallaceabout 3 years ago

    Hi Ainsley! Don’t be so hard on yourself. You know, we are ALL “Works in progress” and we all have days when what we do just isn’t what we expect of ourselves. Doing one photo a day for 90 days is quite an assignment to give oneself. I do not think I could do it.
    Perhaps take a break, then wait for inspiration to come calling… and it will.
    Your Muse is just taking a little nap! :~)

    Warm wishes,
    Marjie

  • Carol Knudsen
    Carol Knudsenabout 3 years ago

    No need to apologise at all!!!!!!
    The best work we create is when we are loving what we are doing….If I have pressure on myself to produce, then I find it more difficult……Relax and enjoy your photography at your pace…With life as busy as it is I could never commit to one photo a day (one that I was happy with)…lol… ♥
    I have been inspired by many peoples work, including your beautiful work here on the Bubble….I look forward to seeing lots more of it too ♥
    Huggles xx

  • JaninesWorld
    JaninesWorldabout 3 years ago

    Sis you do amazing work on here whenever and whatever you upload! I am proud of you and your work…alot of people are on here. Keep doing the things you love and I believe that photography and those wonderous shots you achieve come to those who wait! You are on a journey of your own with your camera and you have embraced it with expertise. Keep up the great work my dear Sis, you are special to me and others here. Take the one shot you are proud of, without pressure. You will always have my support no matter what! xxxxxxx

  • Mererand
    Mererandabout 3 years ago

    I like this written Ainsley,and I always enjoy your artworks when I have a time.Keep to do your works so ahead always! These are really perfect!:)

  • Rachael Talibart
    Rachael Talibartabout 3 years ago

    I think you have made the right decision. I did a project 365 in 2009 and felt the same frustrations but it was linked to my Flickr account where I am more experimental. Like you, I take my Redbubble portfolio more seriously as I can’t offer for sale images of which I am not proud.

  • JUSTART
    JUSTARTabout 3 years ago

    very understandable, don’t worry :)

  • bearwings
    bearwingsalmost 3 years ago

    I think it’s great how you shared a part of your life. We win and we lose and move on. Its good that you know how much is too much and more imoprtantly, how to be honest. You might not have 365 photos but you got my respect.