David By: David


I said to my wife earlier today that I'm sick of this project, that taking a picture every day is doing what? Who am I doing this for? Am I just doing it to prove a point? I'm this far, why would I decide to not continue? I stuggled w/ finding something to photograph tonight. It's the weekend and I was hoping to shoot something new, something beautiful, get out in nature and enjoy the fall colors, but we're supposed to have shit weather this weekend, rain and cold. So am I relegated to take yet another photo of Lily of another one of Cohen and make it 3 days in a row of him? WTF? Who knows?


  • Jessie Leong PRO 3y

    That's life! Well captured
  • Felicity 3y


    Theatre of life
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  • Lorenzo Montezemolo PRO 3y

    Aw, hi Cohen! My dog Abby is asleep in the exact same position on a similarly colored couch. Great dog minds think alike! I hear you on struggling to find something to photograph. You have a lot of talent, but have you considered that you don't need to hit the ball out of the park 365 days in a row? I think that the 365 gods would be ok with you uploading an older photo you might have neglected. I think if you feel like you're forcing yourself to shoot things you've already photographed, but can't find an interesting/new/inspiring way to photograph them (Lily and Cohen, or example), it might make the whole project (or at least this little creative rut) frustrating. I say take a break for a few days and work on old images you've never processed, maybe experimenting with new ways to process OR take a total photo break for a few days and tack those few days onto the end of your 366. I won't tell on you :)
  • Rich Levine PRO 3y

    I know the feeling. It's really tough doing a 365, and we all reached this wall at one time or another. Agreeing with Lorenzo's Lorenzo Montezemolo thoughts here, especially about older images - they are yours and you did take them during this project. After all, you are doing this for you. believe it or not, you will remember why you fell in love with photography,
  • ger power PRO 3y

    cute photo
  • Tim Sackton 3y

    The 366 can definitely be tough at times. I find when I'm out of ideas and motivation that trying out a new technique can sometimes help get me over the hump, or shooting something that I've never tried to photograph before. You can also give yourself permission to take something that isn't that good, which is especially easy to do when you're trying something new. Experiment with light painting, or try to shoot an abstract shot, or take pictures of fire, there are lots of ideas out there to try something new. Anyway, that is what has helped me get through the slow days.
  • taryntella2 PRO 3y

    Don't give up, David! (says someone else who's "stuck"...) Google can be your friend. Inspiration is just a click away! Or if you'd rather, turn to other sources of art with the goal of being inspired. Or give yourself an assignment from the Getty Images Twitter list like Kids with Bike Helmets, or Children's Birthday Parties, or People Using Electric Devices in Everyday Life...or restrict yourself to only one lens for a day - shoot only macro, only wide-angle, only 50mm, play with flash (check The Strobist for amazing ideas), or walk around the street and ask people to pose for you. (You will LOVE this video - Zack Arias has no fear, and does miracles with some seriously crap equipment - it's very inspiring!) Just get out of your comfort zone. No pics of daughter, dog, wife, anything familiar. You need a visual kick-start and you won't get it in your own living room. ;-)

    "Why continue," you ask? "Why would you stop", I ask? You have a gifted eye, and every day you find something interesting to shoot is time you spend making artistic choices that enhance your skills. What is more fun than that?
  • Richard Jankowski PRO 3y

    The best thing I read about inspiration is that it doesn't 'just appear' - you have to keep on clicking and work at it (like everything worthwhile).

    The moments of tedium and mundane are lost once inspiration returns - keep it going :)
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  • Holly C. PRO 3y

    Love this subject right here!
  • David PRO 3y

    Lorenzo Montezemolo Richard Jankowski taryntella2 Tim Sackton Rich Levine thanks for the kind and helpful responses. I really appreciate you taking the time to do that. I'm going to stick w/ this project and I'm going to continue on doing it every day, not gonna skip. I've made it this far and I'm just going to take a little bit more time to take my photos and see what I can come up with. The nights I have class and I'm away from home all day, I'm going to try some things at Pitt, some more architectural photography perhaps, hdr and night shots, and taryntella2 I may try out some street photography, see how that goes. I really enjoyed watching that video of Zach Arias. I'm going to look into doing some fun stuff around the house as well. I've really wanted to try out burning steel wool at night, I have a few ideas of where to do it that should make for interesting compositions.

    Anyways, I just wanted to thank you for your kind responses. It was nice hearing your encouragement.
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Taken on October 5, 2012
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