Joyce has just completed her 365 Project, and as it seemed like she had such a good time we thought we would find out more about her time as a 365er.

Tell us a bit about yourself…
My name is Joyce Wells, and I live in New England, I am a fifth grade pubic schoolteacher. I live on the coast of Massachusetts, so I have ready access to the ocean, marshes, rivers and harbors. I’m also only 8 miles from Boston, which is a city rich in history going back to the 1600ʼs. This gives me a wealth of photo ops with great architectural sites - both old and new. In addition, there are many beautiful farms nearby, and the mountains are an easy two-hour drive.

What made you decide to take on the 365 Project?
I’ve always taken photos of people - students at my school and photos when I go out with my friends. Last year, a new friend, Maura @mks, told me about this project. I had never heard of 365 before, but I looked it up and signed up.

How did the Project expand your knowledge, or teach you new things?
While my prior photographic experience was basically taking fun shots, this project totally changed my style of photography. Outside of my school-based photography, I rarely take photos of people anymore. While I have dabbled in some “street photography”, I’ve found that I expanded my photography to include all the places around me - the ocean, marshes, rivers, the farms and the city - everything that has always been here, but I had never bother to document.

What kind of camera did you use, and would you recommend it?
I think I’m one of the few people on this site who uses a point and shoot camera. I had just bought my Sony DSC- HX9V when I began this project last year. I love my camera and what it can do. It has a manual mode, which I’ve yet to learn to use, but I mostly shoot in Program mode. Hopefully, over the summer, I’ll be able to teach myself how to shoot in manual mode, and I also hope to learn some editing techniques in PS Elements.

You have mentioned ‘dreaded abstract shots’ is there a particular style of photography you enjoy the most?
Through this project, I discovered that I enjoyed taking photographs of landscapes, architecture, anything to do with oceans, rivers, marshes, and animals. I did step outside my comfort zone and try some abstracts. Three of them made the Popular Page, and one was a top 5 finalist for “Abstract-Green”. I was a bit embarrassed by that one, because I’m just not an abstract person, but it doesn’t mean I won’t try them every now and then.

What kept you going throughout the Project?
The project does get tough at times. Everyday “busyness”, jobs, sickness, and lack of inspiration hit us all. That’s when you turn to your 365 friends. You let them know what’s going on, and they all rally around with encouraging words and bits of advice, and they cheer you on. My 365 family became very important to me. Through the year, we’ve shared wonderful occasions like the birth of children and grandchildren, graduations, new home and new jobs. We’ve also shared the loss of loved ones, loss of jobs, and loss of homes. This is when the 365 community comes together to help each other out. We truly do care about each other.

What do you feel you got out of the Project?
365 has given me a newfound appreciation for the world around me. I will never look at the world the same way again. It got me going to places that have always been around me, but I hadn’t been to in years. Now, I think nothing of getting up early to drive into Boston to get some building shots when the light is just right, or taking a detour on the way to work to get a perfect sunrise photo at the marsh. I never go anywhere without my camera, as I know something might come along that just might have, “Photo of the Day” written on it.

Can you share a few of your most popular shots, and your own personal favourite?
Some of my most popular shots were “Snowy Walkway to the Beach”, “White on White”, which was #10 in the Top 20, “Marsh Sunrise”, and one of my first photos to make the Popular Page, “Are You Kidding Me?” (8-6-11). My own personal favorite is “Sea Grass Bending”.

Now you have completed your project, is there any thing or any person you would like to capture on camera?
I want to continue what I’ve been doing - exploring both old and new places, trying new techniques, getting more comfortable taking photos of street people, and yes, continuing with the “dreaded abstracts”. I’ve learned that the power of photography allows us to find that singular moment in time where a person, place, emotion, or event can become a photograph that allows us to linger, study and savor that subject.

Any advice for budding 365ers?
My advice for new 365ʼers is to become a part of the 365 community! Look on the Suggestions and Popular Pages. Find people to follow on the New Faces page - that’s how you get started. Be sure to comment on peoples work. They will usually comment back or comment or your photos. Ask questions - people are happy to tell you how they got a particular shot. Most importantly - get out every day and shoot! Your confidence will increase the more you practice. Get to know your camera, too. Most of all, have fun and enjoy your journey.

Thanks Joyce for sharing your 365 experience!

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posted August 2nd, 2012
Congrats on being granted an interview, Joyce! I really enjoyed learning more about you! I have loved viewing your work as you go on your 365 journey! Hope you continue so we can see the world through your eyes for another year ~ Best regards ;)
posted August 2nd, 2012
Fabulous interview Joyce - really well done and enjoyable to read - thanks!
posted August 2nd, 2012
Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I enjoy your pictures, and I enjoyed learning more about you.
posted August 2nd, 2012
Great interview Joyce, it was good to learn more about you. I too shoot with a point and shoot and you have now given me something to aspire to! I have loved viewing your work and also hope you continue to drop in!
posted August 2nd, 2012
Yay someone I follow is famous.
Great interview and shots.
posted August 2nd, 2012
OMG this is so cool to have been interviewed. I hope you copy this and keep it in your scrapbook or when you do up your "coffee table photo book !!!" hint, hint, hint.
Your shots certainly inspired me and will, I'm sure, in the future. Who is Kerry McCarthy? Just bask in the glory AND the sun at the beach!!!! Well done.
posted August 3rd, 2012
Lovely interivew Joyce :)
posted August 3rd, 2012
Very exciting Joyce! Well said and well done. Thanks for the shout out. I must say, you have blown me out of the water with this project. I may have introduced you to the project but you brought it to a new level for me. Thank you.
posted August 3rd, 2012
Congratulations Joyce.... you really have a lovely album. You certainly know how to capture your beautiful state. I agree, 365 makes you looks at life and surroundings in a whole new light and in detail. 365ers find wonder in the smallest or mundane things. I believe... 365 is a gift. Good luck - I hope you continue with the project.
posted August 3rd, 2012
Excellent interview, loved your sample shots, great read all round
posted August 3rd, 2012
Lovely interview, Joyce! I'm looking forward to more of your photography! :)
posted August 3rd, 2012
@sparkleplenty1 - great interview and inspiration
posted August 3rd, 2012
Great interview, Joyce!! Congratulations and such an great interview and inspiration to all!
posted August 3rd, 2012
Great interview - hope to see more of these in the future!
posted August 3rd, 2012
Wonderful interview! :)
posted August 3rd, 2012
Great interview Joyce! I'm in year two with my little point and shoot- and although I have dreams of upgrading, it has truly served me well so far! I enjoyed learning about you and your beautiful pictures! I'll be heading into Boston at the end of next week. Is there anything you would particularly recommend I aim my camera at?
posted August 4th, 2012
Just read and enjoyed your interview Joyce. Congratulatons! Keep up the good work, you are doing great!
posted August 4th, 2012
Congrats Joyce! Love this interview and love your work:)
posted August 5th, 2012
Joyce, this is great!
posted August 5th, 2012
Oh Joyce! You are being interviewed by 365! Cool! I have loved following you and especially have liked having a "fellow traveler" in that we are both teachers, super busy, and trying to do the project. I am not doing much on here right now..just what I can, but I am glad I saw this interview!
posted August 5th, 2012
Great interview Joyce and love the photos that go along with it--you have had so many great ones that it must have been hard to choose!! Congrats on the completion of your project!!
posted August 6th, 2012
Awesome job, Joyce, both in your 365 project and in the interview.
posted August 6th, 2012
great interview Joyce
posted August 7th, 2012
Lyn
Ah, Joyce, how wonderful this interview is! You have such beautiful photos in your album and I feel honored to beable to communicate back and forth with you - am so glad you chose to continue! Thank you so much for saying all the things about 365 that make it such a wonderful community.
posted August 7th, 2012
@shirljess Thank you so much, Shirley - I was really stunned to be asked to do an interview! It was fun, though, and I hope maybe I can encourage people with limited skills and a p&s cameras like myself to get out and explore the world around them - and that they can take nice photos, too - especially with the support of the community!
posted August 7th, 2012
@michaelelliott Michael - Thanks for all the kind words! I've loved following you, and you always set the bar so high. But more importantly, you were part of the community that always encouraged me and took the time to write comments - you with your hundreds of followers,too! People like you make this site so great! I see you checking out the site on a regular basis and still commenting - isn't it nice with all the pressure off now?
posted August 7th, 2012
@nadaa Thanks, Nada for your kind words!
posted August 7th, 2012
@judithdeacon Thank you so much, Judith - I've been able to get some very decent shots with my p&s. I just wanted to let some newbies here realize that you don't have to have a fancy camera with all the lenses. Would be nice, but not essential! :)
posted August 7th, 2012
@johnnyfrs Thanks, John - but famous? I hardly thing so! I was surprised to be asked, though.
posted August 7th, 2012
@sailingmusic Thanks, Myrna! I was a bit embarrassed when Ross first asked me There are so many great photographers on this site. He said he's hoping to bring back the interviews on a regular basis. I think it's kind of nice to read about other people to get to know them - I've read a couple of older ones he's posted recently. Kerry is Ross's assistant - she sent me a list of questions to answer, which made it really easy.
posted August 7th, 2012
@juanita Thanks you so much, Juanita - I appreciate your kind words!
posted August 7th, 2012
@mks Maura - I can't thank you enough for introducing me to this project! I look at everything so differently now - and the year flew by! I'm so glad you told me about 365 last year.
posted August 7th, 2012
@thebluegnu Thank you so much for your kind comments! This project really does change your life. I've especially loved getting to see so many places around the world, such as your beautiful SA. I remember when you were in Massachusetts last year and posted photo of Occupy Boston. This project really unites people from all over the world!
posted August 7th, 2012
@claireuk Thanks you so much Claire - I appreciate your comments on the interview!
posted August 7th, 2012
@joa Thanks, Johanna for your kind words!
posted August 7th, 2012
@shannew Thanks, Shanne - so glad you're back on the site!
posted August 7th, 2012
@exposure4u Thank you so much, Wendy!
@chriswang Thanks, Chris - There will be more interviews - Ross said he wants to bring them back - I think it's a great idea! I appreciate your comments!
@russianblue Thanks for your kind words, Kass - I appreciate them!
posted August 7th, 2012
@olivetreeann Oh, Anne - you're coming to Boston! Will you be right in the city? There are so many things to see, and it's a very walkable city. You'll need to walk around Copley Square, the Public Gardens, and Beacon Hill, along with the Charles River - you can do those easily in a day with a break for lunch. You'll also want to do the Freedom Trail that shows you all the historical sites - you can do that along with Quincy Market and the waterfront - then over to the North End to eat. The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is great (but you can't take photos there :( ) , but you can at the Museum of FIne Arts, which is right in the same neighborhood and is wonderful. I'm taking a photo walks tour this afternoon of the Freedom Trail. I've taken 4 photo walks tours before with a wonderful photographer who also knows so much history. She shows you all the sites, and also shows you how to compose you pictures - and she uses a p&s! You might want to google "photo walks - boston" to see if you can take a tour with Saba - she's wonderful! Thanks so much for your kind comments on my interview and photos!
posted August 7th, 2012
@ggshearron Thanks so much for your kind words, Glover!
posted August 8th, 2012
@sparkleplenty1 Thank you so much Joyce! Those sound like excellent suggestions. We are just outside the city- I'm not quite sure of the town right now- but according to my friend, it is a quick walk to the train which takes us right in to Boston. All of those things sound like excellent suggestions! Looks like I'd better bring a good pair of walking shoes!!
posted August 8th, 2012
@ulpiphotos Thank you so much for your kind words, Ulpi!
@paulaag Paula - Thanks so much for your comments! :)
@sunnygreenwood Anne, thanks so much for reading the interview - you always leave such wonderful comments!
@stude73 Thanks you Sandra - I appreciate your comments!
posted August 8th, 2012
@espyetta Thanks so much, MaryBeth - You've always been one of my biggest supporters! We've always been able to commiserate about our busy schedules and lack of time or energy. We've been able to share our love of history and so many other things we have in common. You've been a great friend to me on this site!
posted August 8th, 2012
@chauncygirl Thanks so much Heidi for your comments! Yes it was hard trying to decide what photos to put in - when I was asked which were my followers' favorite photos - that was easy, since I just looked at the stats, but picking my own favorite was a bit harder!
posted February 21st, 2013
thanks Joyce good to hear about you and love your photos
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