While this is a travel photography blog, today’s post leans more heavily on the photography aspect.
On January 1st, 2011, I began a 365 Project.
The idea was to take a photo of myself every day for a year.
The rules for 365 projects vary — some suggest photographing anything you want to during the day; the sky is the limit. If something catches your eye, take a picture, and that counts for that particular day. But I’d seen other 365 projects where the photographer only shoots himself / herself, which seemed like a bigger challenge. How could I photograph the same thing everyday (me) and still make it interesting? Plus, as any photographer will tell you, it’s hard to get photos of yourself when you’re always behind the camera. To further complicate things, I usually don’t like how I look in pictures. This was not a vanity project! But the challenges appealed to me.
I kept it up for six months but by summertime I was too far behind to catch up. That said, I’m proud I stuck with the 365 project for as long as I did. As the weeks went on, I was forced to be more creative and come up with new angles or ways of looking at the subject. I wish I’d completed it for the sole purpose of seeing how wacky and inventive my shots would have been by the end of the year.
My favorite images are of me in my daily environment; photos that establish a strong sense of space. Looking at them now transports me back to my old condo, the balcony at work, and my near-nightly walks in Toluca Lake.
As I noted, all of these photos were taken in 2011. I’m somewhat embarrassed to share them now because I’ve grown as a photographer and cringe at some of my choices. If I were shooting these today, I would remember to white balance my camera and I’d properly expose the images! But they show how my style has evolved so on that level I appreciate these photos.
I compiled the images into a short video below. It’s set to the song “Freedom” by Kerrigan-Lowdermilk, a composer-lyricist team who write for musical theater. I picked this song for the simple reasons that I can’t get it out of my head and it roughly fit the length of the video.
Check out the images and let me know what you think. Would you ever start a 365 project of your own?