No, I'm not really starting another official 365 project called 365 Evolved, but that would be a dope (to my grandparents: dope means cool in this case) name for a 6th daily photo project. I have a thing for project names with a little cinematic flair: 365 Season 2, 365 Reloaded, IV, and so on. If I were to come up with a 6th project of daily photos, I would totally go with 365 Evolved though.
But unfortunately, this is not my 6th 365 Project. Not that I'll never do a 6th 365 project; now just isn't the time. Right now, I just have to have my photo habit conform to by extremely hectic lifestyle, so I cannot guarantee a photo every single day. That brings me to my current "project", the horribly-named (Anna said it was a dumb name) #willstills2017.
My photography usually is pretty influenced by my movie brain, since the beginning really. (hence crazy titles for all my projects) Almost every photo I've taken over time I imagine as part of a longer story or video. I've never thought of taking photos as capturing a moment, but rather "pausing" an ongoing narrative. Somehow, I think I'm more known as a "movie-guy" than I am a "photo-guy" these days anyway.
I've always had a bad conscious about shooting for "fun" ever since I graduated college. There's this whole "eating" thing, so I resigned to photography becoming a miserable, cubicle-esque slog, and I quit enjoying it for a while. Now that the freelance photography game is shrinking and big photographers are jumping ship left and right, my conscience is clear about just taking photos I want to take. I never say no to the occasional photo job, but I don't want to stake my life or my wife's life on solely my photography career. (Besides, I work in a much more interesting facet of the photo industry)
Long story short, I got this awesome 24mm Sigma Art Lens which makes everything cinematic, so it's perfect for letting myself just be me. Also, it turns out, people enjoy seeing other people do what they enjoy, so I've gotten a better reception to #willstills2017 than any other project I've ever done.
I'm just doing my thing again. It reminds of the "good ole days" of 365 Reloaded and my weird dark portrait project IV. So yeah, I guess it is kind of back to the 365 days a bit. Just this time, I'm not going to feel bad if I can't post every day.
If you want to keep up, go follow @willmalone on Instagram. Other than this blog, that's my home base. I post Instagram stories all the time as well.
So that's it. I guess I'll never fully shake the 365, it's just too hard a habit to break. For now, I'll just deny that #willstills2017 is the 6th 365 and that my videos + blog posts on Fridays are vlogs.
The 6th 365 will return, one day. It will be called 365 Evolved too, because that's just too good of a name. The 365 has mostly taken place in my youth, so maybe I'll reintroduce it when, say, I turn 30. (Damn that's only 5 years from now)