I started my Daily Selfportrait Project 367 days ago, according to the number of pictures in my Flickr album. I never set out with a specific goal in mind or an official end date slated. My only ‘rule’ was that I had to take at least one picture a day, every day, no matter how I felt or how I looked. Most pictures have been completely spontaneous, with a few obvious exceptions. To date, all photos have been taken with my forward-facing Apple iPad 2 camera and posted via Instagram.
The project started because my Dear Other Half (DOH) wanted more pictures of me. As the project crossed the 200 photo mark, I thought about all the directions it could go. I decided to at least keep snapping away until I had a year of daily photos so that I could make a photo book for DOH. Well, huzzah, I’ve met that mark!
Without further ado, here is the slide-show of the current 367 Daily Selfportraits of my beautiful self.
It has occurred to me that this project has changed me in several ways. Instead of waxing on about each change with philosophical dribbling, I’m just going to give you a bullet list with things arranged in no particular order:
- I’m in front of the camera more, not just with the project, but in general.
- I have found that I have a smile that I like.
- I’ve learned to embrace glaring imperfections, including, but not limited to, shitty lighting, grainy pictures, close-ups of terribly dry skin.
- My self-confidence has surely risen
- Sexy is not an adjective I would have used to have described myself with any bit of seriousness before I started the project. However, now it is one of the first adjectives I might be inclined to seriously use.
- I hate referring to the project as, ‘the project’… I roll my eyes every time I type or say ‘the project’.
- Hey bro, filters are annoyingly the shit. I absolutely hate filters, but LOVE using them. I believe that only one or two of my pictures is sans a filter.
And there you go! Once the book is all ready (probably not until December), you can can purchase one for yourself… If looking at a year’s worth of pictures of me is your kind of thing
Will I continue with the project? It’s kind of addictive, self-gratifying, and has become a kind of ritual for me. I’m not sure how long I plan to keep taking daily pictures, but I don’t see a end to the project in the near future.
So I walk like I’m on a mission cuz that’s the way I groove.
I got more and more to do, I got less and less to prove.
It took me too long to realize that I don’t take good pictures
Cuz I have the kind of beauty that moves.
~ Ani DiFranco