This summer has been all about color for me. The motivation for it was a 100 days project put on by my local arts council. http://roundrockarts.org/call-for-art-round-rock-100-october-2015/
I was resistant to the idea at first, mainly because I didn't want to have the pressure of HAVING to make art and post about it on social media every single day, especially over the summer. Usually I Instagram a photo daily, but I didn't want to be mandatory, or related to a project. What can I say, I don't like being told what to do (childhood metaphors, anyone?).
Then I started to realize that there weren't a lot of rules. I could make this project anything I wanted. It didn't just have to be about making art every day; I could give it a shape, a special meaning, I could let it grow and develop however it wanted. I got permission to work on it quietly, I thought about it and wrote about it, and, as often happens, once I got started I was completely possessed by the whole thing. All color. All film. All straight from my heart. And - yay - all developed by the lab, including this wonderful thing called PRINTS!
As the 100 days draw to a close - Labor Day weekend will be the end of it for me - I am starting to look at what I have made. I am trying to wade through through the hundreds of images (because of course it wasn't just one a day). The project started as something intensely personal that I wasn't even sure I would end up sharing, but it grew as my eyes looked further. I was hungry for everything summer, not just the small private moments. There's a lot of randomness, but overall I am happy with what I have made. The prints included in this article probably won't make the final cut; I'll save those for later.
The end result will be several different series. More importantly, the end result is my better understanding of color photography, which films I like for which situations, and which kinds of light. It's possible I won't be able to exhibit any of this, since space is limited and I am not guaranteed a spot just for participating. But it's been so, so worth it.