Ladies and Gents, this is it, the FINAL image of my 365 project!
365 photos taken consecutively since 29th Feb 2012 - tomorrow will be 366 only as it was a leap day when I started :)
As with the majority of my 365 pics, the idea for using a clapper board to ‘bow out’ just came to me…or it’s more likely that it’s a subconsious amalgamation of a picture I’ve seen in passing. And of course for a film buff, the clapper board is a great prop to use and have.
As you will appreciate, spending a better part of a day (in some cases) taking a picture, editing and uploading, has been hugely enjoyable but also had it’s fair share of pressure. Especially as I can be somewhat of a perfectionist and I wanted every single photo to be worth sharing, something I was proud of, and worth looking back at.
The goal was always to do 365 - push the limits in terms of personal photography, try out new techniques, better oneself in the art and above all, have fun! I achieved all those things, and more, so I’m immensly proud of this achievement.
If I’m honest, the last month or so has been motivationally difficult, which is why this will be it for this project. However, I have a lot of ideas for the future, and have already set some wheels in motion to carry out some other projects so, as a great man once said: “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning”
As this project comes to an end, I’ve been thinking about the brilliant people I’ve met along the way - both virtual and non…and not all photographers! :)
I felt I should dedicate at least one photo to you lovely folk out there who regularly take the time to visit my photos, provide frequent and kind comments and have, in essence, kept me going.
While I admit that my enthusiasm, in replying and keeping up with other people’s work, did wane towards the latter part, I hope I find some time post-365 to take a step back and start appreciating your work also.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my project, I certainly won’t continue ‘a photo a day’ after 366 - reasons why revealed tomorrow ;)
Anyway, I hope you all keep in touch in the future to see what other projects I have lined up, I am certainly excited to share them with you all!
Today’s photo is a clue/teaser as to the projects I’m thinking and hoping to do after 365 ends later this week.
I’ve really come to appreciate old vintage cameras as part of this process, and my fascination with photography is now expanding to the analogue…as it tends to with a lot of photographers I’ve noticed.
Today’s picture is my dad’s Yashica Electro 35 GSN. A hugely popular 35mm consumer camera in the 60’s and 70’s. There are several reasons why I love this camera, but the main points are: it’s build quality, solid metal, certainly no plastics here! Secondly, it’s an aperture-priority camera which is the mode I use 90% of the time on my current dSLR, what genius. And last of all, the incredibly fast (f/1.7) and sharp lens - not bad for a circa. 35-year old camera! :)
Incredibly, the Yaschica brand still exists today.
I don’t necessarily feel empty, but certainly feel my creativity needs a boost. I am looking forward to 365 finishing in a few days time, getting some well earned rest and picking some exciting projects for the future. I don’t think any of them can be, or will be, as demanding as 365!
I will share my thoughts about the whole 365 experience in the coming week :)