Photography 365 Project (Masterlist)

WORK IN PROGRESS

In 2010, I loved taking pictures. I brought my camera everywhere. The only thing that competed with my passion for taking pictures was my love for looking at other people’s pictures. In those days many other photographers were doing 365 projects, which meant that they taking a photograph everyday for one year.

The rules for this project were extremely broad. Many people did self-portraits daily. Unlike the selfie, these photographers would venture out with their DSLRs and ten-second times. They’d prepare by dragging props into the middle of the woods or Photoshopping themselves into insane environments. Other photographers would take landscape images, foodies would photograph their meals, each group was different.

At that time, I was incredibly inspired by Anna Szczekutowicz, who fit into the first group. She traveled to Poland and spent a lot of time in the woods creating self-portraits. Shortly after she finished her project, I decided to start my own.

January of that year, I made my first attempt. Around day 20 I missed a day and decided to start over. Then, I failed again and again for the same reason. My standards were set way too high. Finally in May I started for the last time. I met another photographer named Carolyn Snyder, who pushed me artistically. Her daily comments helped keep me on track.

In May of 2011, I finished my first 365. 18:365

Shortly thereafter I deleted most of the photos. I was ashamed at most of the photographs I had taken. They didn’t compare to the other photographers around me. There were fantastic artists who created stunning images daily. Yet, I barely had anything that I was proud of.

A couple weeks ago I decided to start archiving the original images from that 365. I didn’t have a backup of the project and I wanted to make sure that I wouldn’t lose it. As I saved each individual file, I realized that the project drastically improved my photography skills. Each photo was also attached to a memory, which is incredibly valuable.

Other photographers have deleted their FlickrStreams as well. They don’t want to show their images that they aren’t proud of. I get it. Through my 365 I took plenty of cat photos and images that make me blush with embarrassment. These photographs definitely aren’t my best work. But they show progress.

At the beginning, I barely had my own camera. A few months in I bought my first lens (Canon 50mm F/1.4). I didn’t know anything about cameras. I shot everything on auto. Then I got the lens and shot on Aperture Priority (basically auto). Slowly I learned how to photograph myself and others. I learned how to find environments to take pictures in. I learned how to pick up my camera tirelessly and run out to take a picture before the sunset.

I’m posting my 365 because I want others to see that you can start with shitty pictures. In fact, everyone does. We all start by exaggerating contrast or colors or something. Slowly over time you learn how to edit. You learn how to over-expose. Then, eventually, you start taking less shitty pictures. It just takes a while.

Rather than posting all images into one article, I decided to post them into week compilations. For example, week one is day one through day seven of the project. This way, you can navigate through them without seeing 365 pictures instantly. Also without crashing your web browser.

All the original text is posted with each image. While some of the things I said were silly, I feel it necessary to leave included. There is a ridiculous amount of spelling errors. In the world of spell-check I don’t know how it happened but I left those errors there too. Hopefully you can just roll with it.

I’ve posthumously renamed each week, you can click on any of them to get started. Once you’re inside a post, you can navigate to either the previous or the next post. I wish you all the best of browsing. Please excuse me while I blush over how bad some of these pictures are.

 

Week One (Eric begins by doing yoga in weird places and dragging friends into nettle plants)

Week Two (Then writes things across his pictures and begins taking dark images)

Week Three (He then leaves his room to venture into the woods, which he wouldn’t leave for the next 12 months)

Week Four (Eric learns how to tint his images, and chooses them all to be red)

Week Five (Then forgets how to operate his camera by breaking the shutter)

Week Six (He risks his camera’s life by photographing a water balloon fight with flash, everybody hates him)

Week Seven (Apparently Eric still has friends. Ooooh and a nice kissing picture)

Week Eight (The week starts fancy but degrades quickly to toilet paper and kitchen pictures)

Week Nine (Lightly colored pictures, also known as the moment Eric stops over-saturating him images)

Week Ten (A scanner isn’t a camera but I guess it’s part of your 365 project)

Week Eleven (Fancy black and white pictures for photography class)

Week Twelve

Week Thirteen

Week Fourteen

Week Fifteen

Week Sixteen

Week Seventeen

Week Eighteen

Week Nineteen

Week Twenty

Week Twenty One

Week Twenty Two

Week Twenty Three

Week Twenty Four

Week Twenty Five

Week Twenty Six

Week Twenty Seven

Week Twenty Eight

Week Twenty Nine

Week Thirty

Week Thirty One

Week Thirty Two

Week Thirty Three

Week Thirty Four

Week Thirty Five

Week Thirty Six

Week Thirty Seven

Week Thirty Eight

Week Thirty Nine

Week Forty

Week Forty One

Week Forty Two

Week Forty Three

Week Forty Four

Week Forty Five

Week Forty Six

Week Forty Seven

Week Forty Eight

Week Forty Nine

Week Fifty

Week Fifty One

Week Fifty Two

 

Thank you so much for checking this out. This project changed my life and it laid the groundwork for years of photographing. If you want to check out my more recent photography, check out my Flickr or follow me on Facebook.

Three years after completing this project, I completed another 365 project. Instead of taking a picture every day, I blogged. It doesn’t matter what you’re passionate about as long as you’re out there doing what you love. A friend asked me once why I do all this. I told him that I create because it’s what I’m passionate about. Is there any other purpose in life than to follow your passion?

An End of Sorts

Well, I’ve written this post 3 times already but nothing seems to fit right. It doesn’t feel like an entire year has passed. Nor does it feel like I’ve written each day. I’ve moved from Texas to Mississippi, back to Texas, then to South Carolina. I’ve met some amazing people and done so much. I’ve experienced the highest highs and some of the darkest pits I’ve felt in my life.

I’ve written about missing home, kissing a questioning guy, and I’ve even shared a poop story. You know it’s personal when you can talk about poop. I’ve went from being bald to having a glorious 1.5” mane. All the way from going to a technical school to doing a technical job. While this year has been full of struggle, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.

There isn’t much more to say other than thank you. The support I’ve received from this project has been outstanding. I’ve loved and hated writing each day. While I won’t continue posting every night, I will be writing often. I have many more projects to do and more adventures to experience. Cheers and, again, thank you for following me through this year.

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One Week

That’s all that’s left in this 365 project. Come next Monday, I’ll have been writing for exactly one year. Over 150,000 words, or the length of two mystery novels. Everything that’s gone on from Texas to Minnesota to South Carolina. From going to school to starting a job.

In it, I did a vlogging project, reviews, started my own website, compiled other blogs, interviewed artists. A lot has happened in the last year and I’m happy to have recorded it with you. As this week progressed, I’ll be going back through old posts and writing further about them. 2014 is almost over and there’s a lot to reflect on!

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Almost Done

It’s hard for me to believe that in exactly one month, I’ll have finished the last post for this 365 project. While I am excited to complete it, I’m saddened that this year is already drawing to a close. One year ago I was living in Texas and going to school. Now I’m working a full time job and living on the other side of the country.

When this project comes to a close, I look forward to writing more in-depth posts and boosting the quality of my writing. There are so many limitations with only having 24 hours to write a post. You can’t contemplate what you’ve written or edit it over a few days. It’s constantly creating a product, whether bad or good. I’m just excited to spend more time creating.

A few of the posts that I’ve started, that will be published mid-December, are about trips I’ve gone on over the years. I want to write more about this year in retrospect and set new goals for myself. I completed my NOCNOM/Fitness Challenge, I’ve checked a few other things off my list. Now I can move on to bigger posts.

All I can say is stay tuned. There’s only 27 days left until this challenge is over and I’m excited for what lies ahead.

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End of the Week Recap

I want to start by apologizing for another late night blog post. Instead of only writing about 100 words, I want to write a bit more tonight. Truth be told, this week has been full of unexpected pleasant surprises and business. While I wish I could say that my busyness was productive, I don’t have anything to show you for this week. Especially regarding this blog.

Earlier this week I wrote about taking the first photograph in a long time. It was a big deal because I used to take images daily. If I wasn’t out taking photos, I was talking with others who were. Time went on and I disconnected from the people I love. Artists don’t exist where I live, so it’s been a difficult transition. Taking an image this week pushed myself back into that community.

Yesterday I wrote about having exciting news. I don’t want to share any of it yet but I can’t wait until I can. Right now I’m working on many projects that I’ve held in my head. Actually putting them into existence is intoxicating.

Even though I only produced one new image this week, I’ve already felt a jolt back into the community. All of my projects revolve around either blogging or art. When I have the opportunity to work on them, I feel like I’m fulfilling a higher purpose. It feels like I’m doing what I’m supposed to be doing.

Work rolled by quickly this week and I found myself working on my projects with an abundant amount of time. The time that I was given felt productive. When you lay your head down at night, having those feelings of fulfillment is stellar. There’s nothing like feeling on top of the world.

Speaking of on top of the world, there’s a song I’ve fallen in love with. Yes, I’m late but I never knew the lyrics. To conclude tonight’s post I’ll write the lyrics below and connect it through Spotify. I hope you all had a wonderful week!

“I want to stand with you on a mountain.
I want to bathe with you in the sea.
I want to lay like this forever.
Until the sky falls down on me”

-Truly Madly Deeply, Savage Garden

 

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