My name is Travis Ennis and I'm a photographer living in Jasper, Indiana. I say I'm a photographer even though I spend my days working as a software engineer because I became tired of being identified by what I do to make money instead of what I do to make myself happy.
I got started as a photographer because it was one of many things I've tried throughout my life as a creative outlet. And, out of all of those things, photography has stuck with me.
I started my 365 project because I felt it was hard to identity myself as a photographer when I was infrequently making images and that is the position I found myself in late last Fall.
Before that I had mostly focused on doing photoshoots with models I met on Facebook or Model Mayhem. For awhile I was scheduling a shoot every other weekend.
Considering I work full-time, am married, and have a family, that pace was keeping me busy. But, it started to slow down. Instead of every other week, it was once a month, then every other month, until one day I realized I hadn't made a single image in over three months.
I became a bit introspective when that realization hit me. I had lost interest in what I was doing, but it wasn't photography that I had lost interest in, just that kind of photography.
My 365 project was designed to get me shooting again and to figure out what it was that I wanted to do going forward. I'm 21 weeks into the project at this point.
There are days when I get ready for bed and realize I haven't taken a picture that day, but those are pretty rare and easily solved. Bathroom mirror portraits are unoriginal, but still satisfy the requirement of an image a day.
Fortunately, most days I'm taking pictures all day long. The way I found to do that is to throw out any preconceptions one might have as to what is photogenic.
If it catches your eye, holds your interest for even a split second, then click the shutter. Leave the editing for afterwards. In the moment, I don't think or make any judgements about whether to make the image. I just go off instinct.
That's been a very freeing experience for me. It's removed the shackles of doubt that I think most people put on themselves when they hesitate trying to decide if something they see before them is worth making an image of.
That kind of stuff should be left for later (I will admit that digital makes this snap-happy technique a lot easier). Pretty soon I'll be half way done with this project. I'm already starting to feel like I want to move on.
Somedays it becomes tedious, but I'm going to keep pushing myself to finish. Being able to work on a project from beginning to end, even when it starts to lose its momentum, is a good thing you can prove to yourself that you can do.
Plus I think the desire to move on to something else is a direct result of this project giving me ideas and inspiring me, which was the whole point from the beginning.
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