366/366 – The End

*Saturday, February 2
Saturday I went with the Potters Guild and their visiting artist to Dwight, Kansas. They were doing a cup drop (which you can read about here) and I tagged along to document things. It was such a cool experience, and I fell in love with some of the buildings in Dwight.

And with that, I am done with my 366. I maybe should have a more epic, exciting image to end my 366 with, but it just kind of happened. I am extremely relieved to be done with this project. Now I can focus entirely on my grad work and other misc. series I have wanted to start up. I will still be posting here, though probably not nearly as often.

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52/52 – Searching.

I cannot believe I am actually done with this project. It has been going on much longer than a year, because I put it on pause for my 365, and that makes it even more unreal that I am finished.

This project probably has meant more to me than my 365 did. Over the last 15 weeks this project has taken on an entirely new purpose for me as well. At the beginning of the project I was just taking self-portraits every week. I admit that for the most part not much thought was put into the shots, and for sure not much meaning was placed behind them. The past 15 weeks however have been drastically different. Every single shot has been extremely personal and meaningful. And almost every image has had lots of thought and planning and purpose behind it.

Because the last 15 weeks have been so powerful for me, it makes me kind of sad that this is over. This project has become a sort of  therapy for me. It has been a way for me to express what is going on, a form of venting. And this method of expression is perfect for me and how I deal with things. I don’t think I will be able to go for very long without starting up another project that incorporates self-portraits. I need them in my life at this point. They have become almost essential. I am already starting to plan out my next project, which as of now will most likely be a 365/52 week hybrid of sorts.

As for the shot at hand, definitely one of the best shoots I have had in a long time. I am giving all credit to my friend Danielle who is finally back in town. We drove around for a bit to find a spot, which is always entertaining with her. And then we walked on these railroad tracks, with houses next to it and me in my prom dress holding an umbrella. Towards the end we had an audience of sorts, and he was kind enough to blast some Soulja Boy for our last few pictures. Needless to say it was quite entertaining. This image and the title sum up every aspect of my life right now. It is quite incredible how perfectly it fits with the end of this project and with my situation at the moment.

And on that note, I will stop rambling, so enjoy my last 52 week shot. And be warned that there are others from this shoot that are sure to come.

365/365 – El Fin!

The end! I honestly cannot believe that I have actually completed this project. When I started it I thought that I would for sure quit at some point, since I never seem to be able to finish any project I start. But, here I am, 100% done.

This is not at all the picture I originally had in my head, other than the words that I used, and the tinfoil. I wanted an evening shot, but my day got very busy and by the time I was free I had no light left. Luckily Elliot it amazing, and when I got frustrated because I didn’t know what to do with the letters in order to get something interesting, he pulled back the blinds, and got out his flashlights. So, just like last night, a long exposure, lit by two flashlights. And, I can’t decide if the actual tinfoil is in focus or not, so try to ignore that (even though it should be great for my last picture…).

This project has been such an…adventure. It consumed my life many days, and wore me out a lot. It pushed me, and tested my photography skills and creativity. I would like to say that I have improved, but honestly I am not sure, and I don’t know if I will be able to judge that myself. I will say that my ability to spot things to photograph has improved, and I have gotten a lot more comfortable taking pictures everywhere.

I have had a few people ask me what I will do now. Since I had put my 52 week project on the back burner during my 365, I am now going to focus on that, and return to doing a self-portrait once a week until I finish. It is going to be so strange to not take a picture every day I feel, since it is just habit now. But, I want to finish my 52 week project as it should be done, and not have any extra pressure besides that (and student teaching..). Once I finish that project, I may start-up another 365, we shall see. If I do start another 365 I will be setting up more rules for myself, such as specific assignments for each week, in order to push myself even more. But, I will tackle that when I get to it.

For now, thank you so much to all of you who have stuck around and encouraged me during this project. I so appreciate all of you!!