This assignment required a photo to be taken every hour within the approximate first 10 minutes for 48 hours. We were also given the option of whether we wanted to use a regular camera or our cell phones; I chose to use my iPhone. I decided to use this device to shoot because it simply felt more natural because my phone is something I have with me everywhere I go. Carrying around my Canon t3si for two days straight would have felt strange and carrying around such a bulky thing around my neck would have been inconvenient. The point of the assignment was to carry around your camera with you everywhere which is something a lot of us do on a regular basis but do not realize as digital photography has developed by the constantly improving technology on camera phones. The first day that I started shooting, Sunday 4/5/15, it was difficult to get used to due to the timed schedule we were supposed to be on, but it was manageable because I was allowed to be openly using my phone. However, my second day of shooting, Monday 5/6/15, was increasingly harder because it had to be done during a school day during classes. I tried to make myself as discrete as possible, so others would not be aware of what I was doing and make the photos more natural.
Although at times it was challenging, this assignment made me more aware of the environment around me because I was constantly thinking about what I would take a picture of since I could only take one and had one chance to get it right. It required me to focus on the light, angle, and all other aspects that would influence the outcome of the photo. Several images were an example of my failure to do all of these things accurately especially light. However, I feel like this represents the spontaneity of the shot by the fact that none of these photos were edited. Many times, I found it extremely hard to find something interesting to take pictures of that represented that moment in time and what I was feeling during that moment. For example, the photo of the window was taken during my math class when I was struggling with focusing on the material and ended up day dreaming by staring out the window. Also, it was especially difficult on Sunday because for the majority of the day I remained in one location and felt like I was running out of things to take pictures; I wanted my photos to be varied and not of the same subject every time. At first, I was amused by the idea of taking a picture every hour because I was intrigued by the idea of seeing my average day captured in pictures. As the hours went on, it felt like a burden to have to take photos at specific times. I do not feel that photography is something that should be or can be forced. It should be inspired by something that the photographer finds interesting and wants to capture it. However, I did find it fascinating to see my life in the form of pictures and emphasizing small moments that I typically would not have thought twice about. It made me realize how unimportant things to you can be interesting to someone else as a person on the outside looking in. We are so used to our daily routines that it is so empowering and thought provoking to think that someone else may interpret it in an entirely different manner than you would because you have adapted so well to your scheduled life.