A Year in Photographs by Adrian Galli

 Sunset @ 25,000ft – Day 361

Sunset @ 25,000ft – Day 361

One year ago, I set out on a person mission, my New Year resolution and creative endeavor to take a photo every day for 365 days with each month a theme. 2018 is here and 2017 has come to its completion and thus A Year in Photographs concludes.

It is somewhat bittersweet to end this project. For an entire year my mind has been at work photographing everything around me. It is also a relief. There were days and weeks where it was very hard to get out and photograph; or at least follow my theme. Some months were very busy with work and other events. But all good things must come to an end.

I learned a lot about myself and photography. I pushed myself and took many along this journey but I think I will keep this simple.

When I set out on this journey in January of 2017, I was very excited. I felt somewhat in a rut professionally and A Year in Photographs gave me some purpose creatively. I also recall a post not too many days into this project concerned I wouldn't have enough storage for all the photos I was taking. And had I continued that path, I would have thousands, perhaps tens of thousands, of photographs.

I would head out every day with my camera and take photo after photo after photo and end up with a hundred by the end of the day. Two things were an issue: I didn't want to store all this and, two, frankly, I soon found I didn't have time to photograph as much as I thought I needed to.

This need wasn't about actually needing the quantity, it was about lack of focus. While I enjoy running around, wandering, with my camera and taking photographs, it simply wasn't practical to do when some days in the future I would find myself working sixteen hours. Instead, I soon found that I needed to adapt and become even more creative. 

 Chicago River – Day 26

Chicago River – Day 26

My daily mission wasn't to shoot a bunch of photographs and pick my favorite one to post for the day. My mission became that of having a precise creative vision. In other words, whatever my theme was for the month, I pushed myself to envision what I wanted to capture that day and go out and find it. Rather than wandering, although I still did that when I had a chance to, I would set out to find the image specifically; knowing where I could/would find it and make it happen.

As it turned out, rather than taking dozens of photos, I would take just a few and find what I wanted. When time was short and other circumstances would keep me from taking all the time in the world to photograph, this learn was huge.

Some months I had the chance to also work with some colleagues and friends. Erik Dirksen and Juan Galindo were two who I set out on a day of photography. I also enjoyed some time with old friends—Rory Coyne, a friends and artist, allowed me to photograph him as he worked. I hope to do more small projects like this in the future as time allows.

Further, Mazi and Chrissy, two good friends, requested me to photography their wedding. While it was not a normal skill of mine, it was a great opportunity and fun to get out of my usual creative space. One of my favorite photographs from the entire year came from this shoot.

 Mazi and Chrissy – Day 245

Mazi and Chrissy – Day 245

My one opportunity with this project was to take it even further. Of course, hindsight is 20/20. But let this not sound like a defeat or complaint. It is merely another learn from this that there is so much more to photograph, so many more endeavors left that one could not achieve them in a single year.

Looking back over the year, I noticed that things began to work together. Things I worked on or learned earlier in the year, for example Color or Shapes and Patterns, became important influences in Perspective and Details. People played an important part in Cinematic while Minimalism and Black and White influenced Night

While this project has come to an end, I enjoy looking back over the 365 photographs I've taken. It was tough, sometimes even foreboding when I could not imagine having time to do it, but it was an incredible experience. I recommend to anyone who enjoys photography to engage in such an adventure.

January – Black and White
February – Shapes and Patterns
March – People
April – Minimalism
May – Color
June – Architecture
July – Signs and Symbols
August – Night
September – Cinematic
October – Perspective
November – Motion
December – Details

A Year in Photography: 365 days, 12 themes, each day a challenge. Here are some of my favorites from 2017.

December — A Year in Photographs by Adrian Galli

Details.

 Unknown, Chicago, 12/29/2017

Unknown, Chicago, 12/29/2017

November — A Year in Photographs by Adrian Galli

Motion.

 Smoke, Chicago, 11/14/2017

Smoke, Chicago, 11/14/2017

Capturing motion in a photograph is a challenge. I love playing with long exposure but I also used Live Photos with iPhone. It felt a little bit like cheating, there is a movie created with all Live Photos, but it was a month of busy schedules.

Apple Michigan Avenue opened on October 20th, 2017 as I played a major role as Historian documenting the event. We then when right into the Chicago Series which was thirty days of programming at Apple Michigan Avenue. I spent much of my time working as a Programming Expert where by I was one of four who managed the team in charge of the events taking place.

Most of these events took place at night and I was at Apple Michigan Avenue for sometimes twelve or more hours. Finding time to fit in my person project was hard but achieved.

I had aspirations to do more action based photography; photographing sporting events, for example. But given my time limitations, I could not make it happen. As it stands, November might be better known as Long Exposure but, as with many months before, this gave me inspiration to move into a deeper project for the subject of motion. As 2018 approaches and A Year in Photographs will be coming to an end in a month, I plan to extend my creative endeavor in a new directions of more project based photography.

Please enjoy November.

Up next: DecemberDetails

October — A Year in Photographs by Adrian Galli

Perspective.

 Stairs at Wolfram, Chicago 10/1/2017

Stairs at Wolfram, Chicago 10/1/2017

September — A Year in Photographs by Adrian Galli

Cinematic.

 Where Ideas Sing, Chicago, 9/29.2017

Where Ideas Sing, Chicago, 9/29.2017

I'm writing this a late. These past weeks have been busy but I made a commitment to this project and it continues.

I work in film and TV and my photography is really a passion; something I can do alone, whenever I have time, or can make time fairly easily, but I also continue to exercise my craft in film and TV in photographic form.

While cinematography is about a series of moments, photography is a single moment in time, never to occur again. They both have their challenges and, in September, the challenge was to bring the two together. All photographs we to be shot in the same style as I would if I filmed the moment.

I used my iPhone 7, Olympus OM-D system, and Nikon, for all images but then cropped them either 16:9 (HD widescreen) or the widescreen cinema ratio of 2:39:1.

 Wedding

Wedding

The month started out with the wedding of two good friends, Mazi and Chrissy; a perfect opening to a month of cinematic photographs.

As a cinematographer on a film shoot, Spaces, I also snuck in some still from on set. An easy time getting my photos for those day. But other days, I had to set out and simply look at the world in a film styling way.

After thirteen years in the industry, I would say I see the world in a cinematic and photography way. was my grandfather always tells me, "I never see the things you see. Ordinary things aren't ordinary to you." I do wonder how the world looks through other peoples' eyes.

Up next: OctoberPerspective

Cinematic