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365 Day Project

A year of photography, concepts, and surrealism.

This year I chose to take on my very first 365 day project. If you’re not familiar, it is essentially a yearlong where you post 1 photo a day for 365 days. There are really no rules on how these projects should go. If you google “365 day project” you’ll find many different styles.

For me, the idea is fairly simple. I’m choosing to post photos that range from lifestyle to surreal to conceptual, and I may even post a few cinemagraphs. The main idea behind the project is to push myself on a daily basis to become a better artist and photographer. I hope you all enjoy.

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-Gloria-

We shot with smoke today. I thought about using smoke brushes in Photoshop but decided to use the real thing.

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Day 2

-Weight of the World-

This image was taken by a church close to my house. Some of the neighbors decided to watch the show.

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Day 3

-Chino and Tuco-

I don’t have a lot of photos of these two together. Here are my two pups, Chino and Tuco.

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Day 4

-The Fall-

This shot took place on one of the bigger bridges along Kent Trails. Specifically, the one off of Indian Mound Road. I’ll be shooting a lot in this area for the project.

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Day 5

-The Forest-

I took my little sister out to Rosy Mound for this shot. Props to Gloria for braving the cold on this one. Not only was it below freezing but I was waving a huge piece of cardboard in her face to get her hair blowing.

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Day 6

-Equilibrium-

If you’re familiar with downtown Grand Rapids this is the alley next to Stella’s Lounge. Well, partially. A huge shout out to my buddy Joe for modeling. It was very last minute but it’s one of my favorites so far.

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Day 7

-Ultimo-

This will be pat of a series which I’ll continue to grow throughout the 365 project. This shot was pretty tough to achieve considering I shot it during rush hour.

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Day 8

-Self Portrait-

Portraits are my favorite type of photography. I’ll be shooting more through out the series.

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Day 9

-Gloria 2-

This photo was shot during our shoot for “The Forest”. I love the way it turned out. I asked Gloria before we left if I could take a simple head shot of her and she replied with, “sure, but I’m not smiling.” I didn’t blame her. We were frozen.

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Day 10

-Sin ti-

 

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Day 11

-The Last Rose-

You can interpret this image however you feel. This will be part of a mini series.

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Day 12

-La Mano de Dios-

This is my favorite pond to walk to, any time of the year really. It’s always extremely quiet and there are always ducks and swans hanging out in it. My little getaway.

 

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Day 13

-Arrival 1-

A huge thank you to my cousin Roy for modeling. Someone asked me if that was a real cape. It’s actually a real bed sheet.

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Day 14

-Party-

A simple, fun, and messy shoot with my little sister, Gloria.

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Day 15

-Inner Burns-

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Day 16

-Self Portrait-

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Day 17

-The Rising End-

This is a tribute piece to Zao.

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Day 18

-Dany-

I was going to shoot something completely different here but my brother had the day off so I asked him to model for me.

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Day 19

-Suspended Suspension-

This piece coincides with the series I exhibited at the Holland Area Arts Council last fall. Click here to check it out.

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Day 20

-Sadoc-

This is a photo from last summer. One of the only times my main dude, Sadoc, has let me take a portrait of him. I’m going to try and focus on doing several portraits for this project.

I hope you enjoyed the photos I’ve posted so far for my project. There are a few key reasons why I chose to do this. As a photographer, artist, or whatever you want to call it, there is a never ending desire to become better at what you do. I chose to take this profession head on about a year ago full time to pursue what it is that I love the most in life. Aside from my commissioned work, this project is a way to show a different side of photography which is equally fulfilling to me.

I’m interested to hear about what my readers are also passionate about. Feel free to comment below and tell me what it is you do to keep your passion alive.

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