Over the past year I have been posting images in what I called the 365 Image Mega Series. This is why…
On December 12th 2010 my mum passed away suddenly. It was completely unexpected, a total shock to all of us, and it turned our world upside down. She was a big part of all our lives, my siblings and I, and she spent a lot of time with my two children. The prospect of facing the days ahead without my mum being a phone call away was daunting. The thought of telling my kids that they would never again see the Nan they adored was terrifying.
The whole thing had a profound affect on me and after the funeral, just five days before Christmas, I decided that I would sell all my camera gear. I didn’t want to create anything that my mum would never get to see. My wife, in her forthright manner, told me to stop being so idiotic. She made me realise that if my mum knew I was quitting something I loved doing for such a reason, that she would clip me around the head Gibbs style and tell me to grow up and stop being so mardy!
I knew Autumn was right, but the trouble was I didn’t feel like picking up my camera, let alone taking a photograph. And as for putting some thought into any picture I would take, well, there was no hope at all.
I needed motivation, a project that would get my creative juices flowing, something big. That’s when I had the ridiculous idea of taking one picture a day for a whole year. Not a new concept, I know, but I had the brainwave of taking the picture, uploading it to the computer, processing it and posting it here on Redbubble all on the same day. I would start on January 1st and finish on New Year’s Eve. I thought I would probably last a month, maybe two, but it would hopefully rekindle the flame of creativity in me enough to make me keep wanting to take photographs, so it had to be a good idea…
Well, here I am, one year later, about to post image 365. I haven’t missed a day. I came close a couple of times, getting one image up just a few minutes before midnight. I’ve had some favourable comments and feedback for most of the work I’ve done in this series, though some have had no comments at all (not surprising, they were the ones where inspiration took a holiday, but I had to get a picture up!), and one in particular has become my most popular piece, getting 500 views – and not a few praises – in its first 24 hours on the site. So at this point I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who took the time to look at these pieces and leave a comment, especially those of you who have given me the encouragement I needed at times to carry on with the project. Every comment is precious and very much appreciated.
And, I have to say, I’ve mostly enjoyed it, coming up with different ideas and concepts, running a few mini series through the main one, improving – slightly – my limited Photoshop skills and being featured so often alongside all you amazing artists. Having said that there have been times when I wanted to give up, especially those times when creativity seemed to have dried up. And I’m tired, so very tired! A full time job, getting up at silly o’clock in the morning to help sort the kids out, being a taxi service to the family and getting these pictures up can make for a pretty exhausting day. I haven’t been to bed before ten o’clock in months and I rarely get to bed before midnight. So, for that reason alone, I will NOT be doing anything like this again! You did notice that I didn’t say “never” didn’t you?
The next project will be getting all these images into a Blurb book, which I will begin to put together in the next few days. And that book, this series and this whole year, will be dedicated to my mum.