This is the reason pro photographers don’t do 365 projects. If you’re going to do one and be honest about it, you’re going to have bad days where nothing much happens. I’m not a pro, you’re reading this for free, so I’ll post it anyhow.
This is all that I could come up with because I made a mistake. I went for a walk at a popular shopping area and found a cool scene. It was raining and there was this giant fish sign with a perfect reflection in the water on the street. It was going to be a cool capture for the project. There was no SD card in the camera so for the exception of the exercise, I lost my photo. These things happen.
The value in this is the attempt. For all of the great photos you’ve ever seen, there are thousands by the same photographer that you didn’t. In 365 days, there will be some like this that merely document the day and bore the viewer.
So what type of day led to a photo this boring. Even though I dislike shopping and malls, the weather made it seem a good idea to go to one for a walk out of the weather. I realized why I don’t like them. It’s just the unadulterated materialism.
I like stuff, everyone does. To much of anything is bad though and when I look at today’s major shopping areas, they are just packed with stuff people don’t really need. Retail experts arranged all of this stuff in clever ways to draw people to marked up Chinese crap and watching it work is depressing.
The most humorous store that I seen was an Apple Store. I’ve never wanted anything from Apple, so I never noticed their store. All that it was was a bare store with a bunch of tables. The customers were all standing at the tables poking at devices. I wonder what someone from the past would think peering into this store?
I went to the bookstore like I always do. If there’s anything honorable worth buying at a mall, it would be knowledge. I almost bought this book by Joel Meyerowitz. I just could bring myself to do it though because I know I’ll find it cheaper online. Even the bookstore seems pointless in the modern world.
This failed day was worth it though. I’m on a mission to find more interesting places with people. Places that don’t have have mall cops. Places that don’t have to lure you in with fancy displays because they have stuff you need. I’ll be on the lookout.