On January 1, 2010, I began the Picture-a-Day challenge. My goal was to take at least one meaningful picture every day for a year... using analog process only. Digital work did not count. This was to be a period of experimentation and discovery. 'Meaningful' was to be something that was considered and composed - something that challenged my eye or imagination in some way.
I shot landscapes and abstracts, beaches, trees, flowers, friends and family, travel, and home. I photographed large and small. I photographed shadows and shapes, lines and light. I explored patterns that are explicit and implicit in the world around me.
I had no idea how long I would last, but as that first dark winter gave way to spring, I was still at it, as I was when summer turned to fall and fall again to winter. When 2011 rolled around, I had not missed a single day, and I had no inclination of stopping, nor did I when 2012 began.
I worked mostly in black and white, but with quite a bit of colouras well, including my last rolls of Kodachrome before that storied film disappeared forever. I shot 35mm, 6x6, 6x7, 4x5 and 8x10. I made coffee prints and cyanotypes, I attended workshops and gatherings, and traveled lonely roads looking and learning what it meant to call myself a photographer.
Today, as I reach the milestone of 1000 unbroken-consecutive days of analog photography I am still as inspired as I was that first day of 2010... I still have no desire to stop or slow down, but holy crap, do I have a LOT of film to catch up processing and printing.