365 completed photographs.
7185 shots taken.
64.96 gb of data.
One year of awesome.
I don’t think I’ve ever undertaken such a large project before. It feels very surreal to *not* have to take a photo today. I can leave my camera on the table and not do anything with it. Or, I could pop a roll of film in one of my film cameras and just run around with it.
I know I make it sound like doing a project-365 was a bit of a chore, sometimes it did feel like it. Above all though, it was life changing.
Before I set out on the project, my most recent photography training had been in photojournalism, which taught very black and white rules of photography. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. I needed to break out of that.
That’s not to say it doesn’t have its place, I mean, if I were shooting for a newspaper or magazine I would absolutely adhere to the rules of photojournalism ethics, but for my personal photos, for my art, why should there be any rules at all?
That took a long time to realize. And was hard to let go of. I’m happy to say, I got over it.
I sincerely appreciate all of you who helped me with this over the last year. The ones who patiently listened to me when I told them to stand a certain way, look this and that way, and didn’t mind that I splashed a picture of their face all over the Internet.
The people who helped me with ideas, either by giving me an idea of what they’d like to see me do or by just helping me fumble my way through it with vague ideas that I could build on.
There’s also my family, especially my mom, who put up with finding her house and its furniture rearranged to be used in a photo on a regular basis. And those who had to put up with the fact that when I’m editing photos, no I didn’t hear what you were saying to me. I was responding? How curious.
So thank you. All of you. All of the people I met along the way, too. All of the experiences that gave me creative bursts and allowed me to follow through with this project.