The End of 365, how I feel about it and what’s next??

As I mentioned in my last post, my count was off on my 365 project so I’ll share with you #366, which was intended to be #365.  I was bummed when I realized (incorrectly) that I was going to be taking photo #365 on the day I flew back to NYC from Oregon (on a redeye).  I had wanted to do something special for my last photo – but things got so crazy with all the travel and festival stuff, that I just didn’t really have time to plan anything.  So there I was, sitting in my claustrophobic Continental coach seat and I was determined to do something even a little creative to mark the finale of this year-long project.  And here’s what I came up with:

Photo 366 out of 365 (one for good luck) – “365”

"365" - Settings: ISO 1000, f/4, 1/60 sec, 24-70mm lens (24mm)

Since this year was marked with lots of travel, the setting of this shot seems rather appropriate.  It was cute… I was sitting there carefully ripping the numbers out of the Continental Airline magazine and Adam was looking over at me adoringly – he loves when I get all craftsy.

So there you have it.  I’m done.  And it feels good, and anti-climactic and kind of weird.  So I’ve been thinking… what has this project meant to me and how do I feel about it now that its over?

First – this project proved to me that even without a boss telling me what to do, I am totally capable of sticking to a project and seeing it through until the end.  That is a relief to me, because I always sort of feared I was a little flighty – that I lose interest in things too quickly.  And this was a long project… an entire year of delayed gratitude.  But what I’ve realized, is that the final picture didn’t provide the reward I thought it would.  Instead, the reward truly came from the process – and the people who supported me throughout, and the body of work I’ve slowly built up.  And that was an important lesson for me to learn. Because of this, I can now identify with all these filmmakers I’ve been meeting, who put YEARS into the creation of one film.  I never really understood that dedication before.  At least, I never really thought I’d have the focus and tenacity to pull something like that off.  Now, I actually think I could do it.  In fact, I can’t wait to do it with Adam on his next film!!

Another important lesson I learned, is that it’s ok to fail sometimes.  It’s not the end of the world.  There were some days, when I was sick, or it was cold and raining and I didn’t put much effort into taking pictures.  There were other times where I’d just feel off and completely uninspired.  But just like every other day, I’d have to take a photo and I’d end up having to post something I wasn’t proud of.  That was hard for me.  I tend to put a lot of pressure on myself.  I had to remind myself that just taking a picture at all and staying committed was reason enough to feel successful.  But it has become quite clear to me that I hold myself to an exceptionally high standard.  And I think that is good for the most part, but it can also have the negative effect of making me want to quit something if I feel I’m not a superstar at it right away.  On days when I felt crappy about my work, it was the support from all of you – my family, friends, strangers (some now friends), who boosted me up and pushed me along.  I was no longer just doing this for myself.  I was accountable to all of you, who were taking the time to look at my photos, read my blog and share your comments with me.  That was huge.  So thank you all so much for your participation.  I couldn’t have done it without you.

So now… what’s next??  Well, first on my list is to make prints of about twenty-five photos for my amazing friend (and stellar casting director of Hello Lonesome), Brette Goldstein.  She (along with her mother Leslie) are some of my biggest fans and she is decorating her entire apartment with my photographs.  I love you Goldstein women!!

I’m doing a photo shoot tomorrow with the artist, collector and gallery owner who lives on my block, Joe Overstreet.  That is going to be my final project for my portraiture class, which ends in two weeks.  I’ll be sure to post my favorites from our session right here!

I’d like to do another project like 365 – but maybe not 365 – maybe 52.  It would be nice to focus a little more on quality vs. quantity for my next project and have more of a specific direction instead of the complete randomness that was 365.  More on that when I figure it out.

And finally, I have discovered a newfound love for social media through this project.  I have decided I’d like to become a social media ninja.  I think it fits me.  I love connecting with new people.  It’s what I do naturally.  And I can use it to promote my blog, my photography, Hello Lonesome and the next film we make together!  I’m super excited about this.

And last but definitely not least… I want to send a shout out to two fellow 365’ers who are days away from completing their projects as well… Yvonne & Bryn!!  Check out their projects on flickr by clicking on their names.

Ok.  I’d say that’s enough for one day.

Oh WAIT… one more thing.  I’d like to compile a “best of 365” portfolio and I can only do that with your help.  When you have a minute, take a look at my photos from the project (links below) and comment with your very favorites (5 max).  I’m going to tally them up and see which ones get the most votes!   Thank you thank you!

Photos 1 – 200

Photos 201-365

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20 thoughts on “The End of 365, how I feel about it and what’s next??

  1. Awesome ripping job on the 365 numbers. Now that’s what I call talent. The picture is great too 🙂 Congrats on the completion of this grueling project. You did a great job!

  2. CONGRATULATIONS on finishing! it’s been so much fun to follow along with your project. 🙂 i have SO many favorites, it was very hard to choose… but a few of my favorites are:
    118: secret garden
    262: ice moon
    273: statue in tompkins square park
    275: glass bottles on a barbershop windowsill
    328: the birds

    you said only five, so there you have it… but some of my runners-up were:
    194: tree with autumn sky
    203: cherry flavored taxi
    246: igor
    276: little girl on the F train

    thanks for sharing your photos and your thoughts; you’re an inspiration. 🙂

    • Thanks so much Kate! for your support and your input! You gave me a lot of fuel with your comments throughout and I appreciate it so much. would love to hear what you’re up to these days!

  3. Congrats! What an acomplishment. I love all your shots, so it was really hard to choose. I’m no critic and don’t know what to look for in a good shot, so I decided to choose the ones that stuck out at me and made me smile.
    68 “Jim Beam”
    74 “BlondeTourage”
    157 “Me & My Canon”
    176 “Two Patriots and a hot tub”
    180 “Kiss”
    343 “Jumping rope in Cobble Hill”

    I enjoyed this project and look forward to following nell’s dish du’jour wherever it may take you. Keep up the good work:)

  4. Too many good ones!!! I mean really, there are too many to pick 5!!! Okay, I focused on people because you capture
    something that draws me in, moments that are so pure. And I had to pick a theme or I’d have to say all 🙂
    1. irving being irving
    2. papa
    3. cowboy on a bench
    4. johnny h
    5. little girl on the f train
    ..and one more of course
    6. two patriots and a hot tub

    Congrats!
    xxxxxxx Sabrina

  5. A big Felicitations from Switzerland, Nell! I can’t believe that the original 365er in our happy band is finished. Where do we go now? What do we do with all this spare room in our bags?! I hope we discuss soon because a Project 52 is exactly what I had in mind, with a little twist to provide some guidance (and hopefully less options for taking ridiculous photos in the house at 11.30).
    Congratulations, Nell. I am a huge fan of your impressive collection of shots taken over the past year. Well done, you.

    • thanks bryn! I think you’re only a few days away yourself now!! awesome. I remember the day I stopped in at my local little library to look for photography books – there were like 3 – and one of them was photojojo and that started it all!! yay! let’s definitely discuss – I have some ideas but a brainstorm would be nice. we’ll skype it baby. when you’re done MEETING!

  6. Hi Nell!
    I like the fact that your year didn’t start on Jan 1.
    And it’s okay to do 366 because we can pretend it’s leap year.
    My faves:
    22. Hydrant
    165. Nuns
    293. East Village Snow
    308. Old and New
    343. Jumprope

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