Years ago, alert “06880” reader/nature-and-lifestyle photographer Stacy Bass had an idea: For the next year, she’d take and share an image of whatever she happened to be doing at noon that day.
It was, she admits, “crazy and stupid.” The project lasted exactly 2 days.
Now, Stacy’s back. Her new idea is much more workable — and beautiful.
She was inspired by Kerry Long. Stacy’s friend and fellow photographer worked on her own 365-day project, shooting images of her young daughter Lucy. Kerry’s photos were “outstanding, stunning and wonderfully composed,” Stacy says.
Her own children — much older than Lucy — “would not be nearly as cooperative,” Stacy notes. Nor are portraits her specialty.
Stacy wondered what subject matter would keep her interested and motivated every single day, for a year.
Suddenly she knew.
Though she photographs flowers regularly, as part of garden shoots for magazines and private clients — check out her great Gardens at First Light book — Stacy knew she’d have to stay focused (ho ho) for a long time to find, take and share an image each day.
But she wanted to try.
Vacationing on Nantucket with her family last summer, she began.
Nantucket bloomed with flowers of all kinds. When Stacy returned to Westport, she found many more.
The daily challenge proved invigorating. The positive reactions her photos drew on social media kept her going. Friends and strangers thanked her for providing a daily dose of “beauty and positivity.” (Hydrangeas are the crowd favorites.)
Some days were easier than others. About 2 months in, Stacy hit a figurative wall. She wondered if anyone would notice if she stopped.
But the feeling passed. Now that she’s finished, Stacy is proud of her consistency. She’s also thrilled to have tangible proof of 365 flowers, with a beginning, middle and end.
She’s not quite sure what to do with all those images, though. Fans have inquired about buying a print of their favorite “day,” or of a special date as a birthday or anniversary gift.
Perhaps figuring out how to do that is Stacy’s next project.
(For more information on Stacy’s flower photos, email firstname.lastname@example.org.)