A Year of Instax | The Beginning

It’s been quite some time since I’ve written a blogpost, hasn’t it! Life has been rather busy, and I suffered from a severe case of writers block. I thought I’d ease back into it with a little post telling you about a photo project I’ve recently started – an Instax 365!

Years ago when I was active on Flickr, I’d see many photographers attempting the 365 challenge – creating a photo every single day to post on the site. Nowadays most people who want to keep an active Instagram following (bloody algorithm) try to post once a day anyway but I’ve decided to do something a little different, and have my photo a day be an Instax shot! 

This is definitely more of a challenge, because while most people post every day that doesn’t necessarily mean the photo has been taken that day. You could store up loads of great snaps and save them to post, even schedule them, and also do throwbacks. With the Instax 365, I’m trying my best to make sure I post a new photo, taken that day, every day. 

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I started the project on my birthday as I figured if I’m starting this on any day other than the 1st of January, it should be a day of importance. My birthday marks the exact mid-point of the year too, so it’s pretty significant I think! 

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I’m 50 days into the project now and while it does take a slight toll (there have been a couple of days where I’ve almost failed!), I am really enjoying the act of taking a specific photo each day and treating this separate Instagram account as a diary. I know that already I’ve inspired a couple of people to take on this project too which is amazing! I wanted to share just a few of my favourite photos from the past 50 days, in the hopes it’ll make you want to follow the account to see the other 306 photos to come! 😉

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Shortly after starting the project we went on holiday to Italy with my boyfriend’s parents, and there were lots of perfect photo opportunities. In England, we don’t get as many lovely sunflowers but thankfully we had a big field of them just up the road from where we were staying in Italy! Ironically I’d forgotten to take my instax camera when we walked up to them, Leo let me borrow his (I’m so glad I got him into instant photography!) and he actually had a pack of the black frame film in his camera. This is the first time either of us have used the black frame film and I love how this shot came out. We’re definitely going to be buying more of this in the future!

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Here’s another shot from Italy that I absolutely adore. We visited Portonovo where they have the most beautiful beach, and the sunset was divine. It’s always a bit of a worry shooting into the sun like this with instax but honestly, I don’t think this could have come out any better. The dreamy lighting coupled with the colours and the silhouette of the life ring coming through makes me so happy.

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Just one more favourite for now – soon after getting back from Italy, I had a lovely day in Brighton! My friend Sam and I saw Moana on the beach and thankfully the sun stayed out all day.

Well, wish me luck for the next 306 days of this project, and if you’re interested in following along you can find me on Instagram at AnInstantYear

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