It’s December, the last month of this crazy year called 2020, the end of our inaugural year here at 365 Picture Today, and the time of year where many of us take a moment to stop and reflect on the last twelve months. Despite all of the difficulties that 2020 has thrown at us, hopefully you will find in looking back through your daily photos that there were also many bright spots.
In January, we set out to nurture and sustain a community of people committed to documenting daily life one photo at a time. The 365 Picture Today Team has been small, but mighty. Our goal was to provide enough challenge to keep the community engaged, and also enough familiarity to not create frustration or discomfort. Little did we know back in January how important both of those things would become this year.
For many of us, our daily photos became the constant in an otherwise unpredictable year. The daily moments with our cameras provided an escape from all of the “stuff” that was going on in the world. Picking up our cameras daily was the encouragement we needed to find something every day that was worthy of documenting. I suspect that somewhere in our 366 photos from this year, each of us has memories of the pandemic, as we should. The purpose of daily photography project like this is to find a beautiful and creative way to document real life, even when real life in and of itself is not pretty.
Amidst it all, we have all been in it together. We are grateful for all of you who have been on this journey with us this year, who have shared your days and your families with us, who have trusted this community to lift you up when you were feeling down, or have honored us by allowing us to join in celebrating with your triumphs.
As the year comes to a close, take time to reflect on these past twelve months. Scroll through your daily photos. Acknowledge the struggles. Give thanks for the blessings. Hold on to the moments of hope and beauty. Remember that a single photo or a single day is just a page, maybe even only a paragraph in the book. It takes all 366 photos to tell the whole story of this year.
The 365 Picture Today Team wishes all of you love, peace, health, and happiness as we celebrate this holiday season and bring 2020 to a close.