At the beginning of this year Kate Davies began a 365 project with a twist, by deciding to shoot it entirely in infrared.
The already challenging prospect of taking a photograph each day is magnified by the fact that because Kate shoots in infrared, she can’t see through her viewfinder and so there is a lot of guesswork involved. Secondly, shooting for a circular format (one of the things which makes her work distinctive) requires a completely different composition to regular formats.
“Ask a photographer to take and upload a photo every day for the year, and it seems a bit daunting but totally do-able,” Kate tells us. “It wasn’t until about day 10 when I realised that taking the photo is such a small part of the whole process, and I think that is where this project has changed photography for me.”
Ordinarily, Kate would plan and shoot a story of about 10-15 photographs which are intended to be viewed as a unit. Taking one photo each day, one the other hand, has led Kate to the realisation that the whole year is her story. “That means that some days I’m tired and some days I’m creative, but all of the emotions are important,” she says. Although it’s a lot more psychological and emotional an experience than she ever would have imagined, Kate’s primary aim is to keep each image honest.
The project is a growing window into Kate’s life, and the images she has taken so far include intimate snapshots of people and places that are important to her. The title of each image also forms a significant part of the viewing experience, as these are chosen to enrich the moment that each image evokes.
The most rewarding part of the process, Kate explains, is “the amazing feedback from family and friends, especially on days when I’ve worked all day and still have to go get the shot I want. When I feel the photo isn’t 100% where I want it to be and someone tells me it made their day, then it makes mine too.”
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