My wife, Julie, introduced me to the idea of the December Daily a few years ago, and since then, we’ve tried to make them a part of our winter ritual. December Daily is the creation of Ali Edwards, who envisioned December Daily as scrap-booking way to “capture the spirit of December via one story per day.” Julie has made use of Ali’s kits and liked them quite a bit. Another year, she and I each did a December Daily and then put the photos side by side in a book from Artifact Uprising. For me, I’ve envisioned December Daily a little bit simpler. I’ve put my the December Daily into action as simply as taking one picture a day, every day of December. The pictures can be a random snapshot from the day, or organized around a theme, like landscapes or meals, etc. It can be as simple or as complicated as you’d like.
This year, I’m returning to my roots with my December Daily. While I’m not all that artistic (I don’t paint or draw or sculpt), I take my photography pretty seriously. Eight years ago, I took a class in black and white film photography, and I’ve been hooked ever since. I still love film best, but with the death of Kodachrome (and the rising cost of slide film), I’ve switched over to DSLR. And with the switch, I’ve realized that I need to take the time to get back to the basics of composition and lighting. The ability to take 100’s of pictures has caused me to get a little lazy with my work. And so, I’m going back to where I first learned my craft. My December Daily this year will be a study in black and white photography. If you’d like to follow along, you can find it on Instagram @rev.doc.trout.