Yay! Congratulations to Lindsay who completed her 2010 Project 365 with this metaphor of a shot!
It has been a pleasure to follow Lindsay and get to know a little bit about her journey to become a professional photographer. Her stream contains such a wide variety of subjects, beautifully photographed! Below are her answers to our finisher's interview questions, three of her favorite photos and two of mine, and a slideshow of her completed project. Congratulations again to Lindsay!
What inspired you to begin your 365 Project?
After deciding to make a career in photography, I sought a project that would challenge me to expand my skills and experience on a daily basis. I liked the idea of creating a written and pictorial journal of my day-to-day progress and activities.
How would you describe your photography in just a few words?
I try to tell a story with each photo.
What surprised you the most about doing the 365 project?
I'm not your typical sports nut. As a kid I competed in swimming and gymnastics, but I've never been very coordinated. I often brought books to read in the stands when I went to football and baseball games. Imagine my surprise to discover that I have a passion for sports photography! In 2010, I shot soccer, basketball, lacrosse, softball, baseball, volleyball, and football. I enjoy the thrill of stopping motion, preserving expressions, and capturing action.
What did you learn during the course of your project?
On more than one occasion, I was convinced that I had run out of ideas and subjects, and couldn't possibly imagine coming up with anything new. Many of my ideas were last-minute, and I forced myself to find a creative way to photograph them to avoid a boring snapshot. I didn't realize there were so many hidden gems inside my own home!
Do you have an interesting story about taking one of your 365 photos that you would like to share?
I live two hours from Cape Canaveral, Florida, and my goal is to view and photograph the remaining shuttle launches. Without a media pass and an ultra-powerful lens, I knew I wasn't going to get the ideal close-up photo that I envisioned for Atlantis's launch on May 14. The nearby viewing spots are very crowded, and I arrived too late to grab a spot with an unobstructed view. I shuffled through stinky mud in my flip-flops to get to a seat on the wall at the end of a canal. Just before liftoff, crowds of people waded into the water in front of me to get a view of the shuttle. These spectators told the story in my photo that day. The scene presented itself so naturally, and yet I've never seen anything else like it.
What are your future photography plans?
I'm a full-time photographer now. My paid gigs include freelancing for the local newspaper, stock photos, portraits, weddings, and other events. In my spare time, I photograph everything else! I began my second 365 project on 1/1/11, and I can't wait to watch the year unfold!