On the Summer Solstice I launched a personal photography venture called The 100 Day Project. The project was originally the conception of The Great Discontent magazine (learn more about it here), but I adapted it to my own goals. Each day I strive to take a photograph unlike my typical style. I set certain parameters -- I must use Canon's revolutionary new 5DS-R camera with a 50mm 1.2L lens. My choice of lens is a homage to Ansel Adams, who shot only with a 50mm because it is closest to what the eye actually views. I must shoot the images at the camera's maximum aperture of f/1.2, which creates an extremely slim focal plane. My subjects are teenagers and I aim to capture their essence at this complex age. In creating each image, I am manipulating light, composition, angle, textures, and depth of field. Just for fun, I record under each finished photograph the day and what my subject said to me as I snapped the photo.
Each day I must remind myself that the photograph I take is not about perfection, but about the compilation of a set. This is a learning process, and I am tremendously excited about it. I share the first nine days of photography below and welcome your thoughts.
Did you know that every time you take my picture, I lose part of my soul?
Do I look like a character from "Children of the Corn?"
I can see you.
There's a car coming behind you.
Can you wait to take my picture until I get my hair cut?
Welcome to my lair.
Can I have a dog up here with me?
Can I just go play?
Can we take my senior portraits here?