Day 365 and Day 1

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013 30

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.

PX70_Cool_365DiceI 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

30 Responses

  1. […] WOOT. 365/365. Read more HERE… […]

  2. Rhianne says:

    oh wow, what a project! I’m looking forward to seeing it and happy, happy birthday to you too 🙂

  3. First off, Happy Birthday! I hope you find a little love in your mailbox today 🙂 I’m so proud of you for meeting this challenge you made to yourself. I can totally imagine that blend of loving and loathing a project like this, depending on the day, and I have to believe on those days where you’re just trudging through is where there’s so much to learn. Congratulations, again! I look forward to following 365 2.0!

  4. gotham girl says:

    Wow! And I’ve enjoyed watching this adventure unfold for you! Bravo! Love the idea of the impossible project every day. I hope they’re giving you a discount on film, ha! Can’t wait!

  5. Shiny says:

    Impressive way to end a chapter and start a new one. 🙂

    Happy birthday — may this year be even better than the one before…

  6. I remember that day, as we were at the Makerie retreat last year. It’s been fun following all your photos through the last year.

  7. Kendra says:

    Congrats, Happy Birthday and Good Luck, Meghan! Wow, what an amazing accomplishment. I can’t wait to see the selfies.

  8. Kelly Schussler says:

    Congratulations! What an accomplishment. Thanks for sharing – happy birthday!!!

  9. Corinna says:

    So proud of you, delighted for you, and excited to see what’s to come in your new project. You completely rock. (And happy birthday, dear friend!) xo

  10. Debra says:

    Happy birthday! I’ve loved following this past year’s 365 and I can’t wait to see all the beautiful instant selfie goodness to come. Much love. xoxo

  11. Tiffany says:

    Happy Birthday!!!

  12. Briana says:

    What a great idea! I look forward to following you through the next year. Your polaroids are always so lovely. 🙂

  13. urban muser says:

    first of all, happy birthday. second, congrats on completing your 365! and third, i agree with you, and I am terrified (and a little excited 😉 for you regarding your new 365 impossible selfie project!! i look forward to seeing it unfold. xo

  14. kirstin says:

    Brilliant you!
    And my goodness! This year is going to be amazing! xox

  15. […] in between the photos that I shoot with my mobile phone. I’ve been diligent in shooting for my respective 365 projects, but my iPhone photos have gotten the cold shoulder. So you can imagine my stress quandry when I […]

  16. […] since I embarked on a new photography journey. After wrapping up my first 365 project, I decided to jump right in to another one. But I decided to use the themes that emerged from my first 365 to guide me moving […]

  17. […] someone who wrapped up my first 365 back in April, and stepped into an even bigger daily challenge THE VERY NEXT DAY, I have seen the benefits of having a project on which to focus your attention and your lens. If I […]

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  20. […] month to go. That’s it. Just one more month of this 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits journey. Seemingly just like that — *snap* — I’ve got only 30 more days to […]

  21. […] did it. I crossed the finish line of shooting 365 IMPOSSIBLE Self-Portraits. One year ago today, on my birthday, I embarked on a journey that I felt called to take. The […]

  22. […] second, one of my self-portraits from my current 365 Impossible Self-Portraits project. Here is Day […]

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