419 Days.

Much to my dismay and my families happiness, I finished my 365 project about two weeks ago.  It took 419 days to complete, I’d safely say around 230 hours of editing (but that might be being a little modest), and willpower. Lot’s of willpower.

Usually, every time after one of these is done I feel relieved for the next two weeks or so and then I start itching for a new project. Thankfully, there’s already a project in the works so my usual antsy-ness is to a minimum. I’ll be posting more about that later, though.

What’s your stance on 365 projects? Are they just a pain in the butt or do you see a purpose behind it? For me, it’s about growing with photography and also as a person, and being able to see the gradual change and improvements – that’s what makes the bad days worth it. The days where you’re taking photos of sink drains and crying while you’re editing because oh my god I have two hundred and fourteen days left of this?

And naturally, since I’m a sentimental fool about these projects, I made a video of all of the photos together! And if you’re not interested in that, here are some b-sides (as I like to call them, they’re really just outtakes I edited)! If you want to see what photo they’re outtakes for just click on em.

365 Photo Montage.

4-1

41-1
37-1-2


56-3
106



240

241-1

300-1-1

315-1

333-1
310-2

343-4

342-1

347-1

350-1

355-1
360-1
364-2

Naturally, it’s very saddening but also very uplifting when these things end. It makes me reflect on my past year and however many days, and also on myself as a person. I’m very happy to say that reflecting on my work – I couldn’t be happier on where it’s progressed. I’ve been fortunate enough to make outstanding connections where I live and through those I’ve improved my portrait photography. And my personal photography has been fortunate enough to grow as well. And as for myself as a person, I’m even happier to say that I feel like this past year has helped me grow into my skin. It’s been very influential, changing, and exciting. It’s shown me what I want to do and how I’m going to do it. I can safely say that I don’t think I’ve ever been as happy with myself and what I love doing than I am right now.

How much of that has to do with taking 365 photos for a project is still up for debate.

I’m so glad to be sharing this video, the b-sides, and a little paragraph that’s bordering on too-sentimental, with anyone who’s reading. It means so very much. I’m very excited to share the next project and 365 days with you.

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