Day 365 and Day 1
Wow. That’s what I’m feeling right now. WOW. Yesterday marked Day 365/365. Since that bit of information is still sinking into my own head and heart, I’ll repeat that. Yesterday marked Day 365 of my 365 Project. O.M.G. That milestone project that I embarked on last year, April 23rd of 2012, the day of my 40th birthday, is complete.
I definitely need some time to sit with all that I learned and all that I gained from shooting every day for one year. I am thrilled to cross this finish line, and I am so grateful I took on this challenge. There were days I LOVED this project — the practice, the focus of attention, the dedication to something just for me. And then, there were days I HATED this project — the monotony, the “what am I going to shoot today” question, the overfull days without space to really work on craft but rather the reality of I just had to shoot something. I’m happy that I stuck to it. That I moved forward even with setbacks or uninspired shots. I’m taking a little bit of pride in the fact that all of my photographs were shot with either one of my Polaroid cameras or my dSLR, and that I didn’t use any iPhone shots (that was a personal goal for me — everyone needs to set their own threshold of what feels right for them on that one!). And I’m definitely coming away from the project with a clearer sense of my identity as a photographer.
One piece that rings clear for me as I complete this 365 project are some themes that emerged in my work across the last year. Most resonant are themes of instant photography and self-portraits (among others). With those in mind, and wanting to forge ahead in my creative journey, to keep moving forward, I’ve decided to embrace a brand new 365 project. (I know, you are thinking I’m totally crazy!). Starting today, I’m going to focus on 365 Impossible Self-Portraits. I’ve decided to spend this next year taking a self-portrait each day using only my Polaroid cameras and instant film from the Impossible Project. This project both excites me and terrifies me. And isn’t that the perfect blend for a new challenge?
So today, I’m celebrating Day 365 and Day 1. And oh yeah, my birthday. xoxo
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