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Not even a month has passed since the finale of my 365, and it’s time to take on a new challenge. It’s actually 13 days between day 365 and the beginning of this particular project.

As mentioned in my last post, I did look to inspiration for this latest project (Faceless project). It’ll span the rest of the year (which, as of 13 Aug is 141 days) on only self-portraits; however, I won’t show my face (directly) for any of those shots. Loosely based on Aoyama Yuki’s rather controversial photobook “Schoolgirl complex”, taking only the faceless part of that and putting it as the main theme will prove a bit difficult.

It has to be natural and can’t hide face for the sake of hiding. And at least signs of something good, I’m trying to not take shots behind my ubiquitous seafoam green wall (which may account for nearly half my 365P photos).

Compared to the 365 Project, there is more lenience towards missing one day or two, since it’s an incomplete project to begin with. But much like the 365 Project I want to finish what I started with no gaps in-between.

The Faceless Project so far.

here’s hoping!

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*The final day’s photo– paying homage to Day 1

Well, it’s good to be back posting on this blog. It’s been 8 months since the last posting, so lots of things in and around the blog needed to be updated.

For those unaware, and there were many of you, on 1 Aug 2009 I started what is called the 365 Project; simply one photo a day of anything for 365 days. The key here is supposed to do this all in 365 straight days; but with life, things do happen and most people skip a day or two, and some cave under the stress and pressure and abandon it partway.

It is seemingly rewarding from a confidence standpoint that I could finish something so long-term. Relying on other peoples’ similar 365 projects do help motivate you to continue; you feed off their support, you do so likewise–the cycle goes on. Now balancing that with full-time work compounds the situation in trying to come up with an idea, shoot, edit and upload. I don’t know how I’d feel if I actually missed one day of this project. What was hard was trying not to repeat themes or even shots (which I may have done a few times); it’s a bit difficult because you do lose track of what you’ve shot. I think the weirdest thing in all of this is that when 31st July hit (day 365), you’re free from that routine and realise you have more time on your hands. August 1st hits and all of a sudden: “Wait, wasn’t there something I needed to do?”. I taken a bit of a photo-vacation these last few weeks since then and I’ve concluded that I think I’m ready for another long-term project. Not another 365 (that’ll wait for a few more years), but something themed; not necessarily counted, but certainly something done on a daily basis.

I’ve drawn inspiration from photographer Aoyama Yuki from Japan who shot abstract portraits of high school students in a seemingly controversial photobook “Schoolgirl Complex”. Since my last project involved staring at the camera most of the time, trying not to look directly at the lens for photos is a different challenge.

I’ll try to keep this updated as humanly possible (as I’ve said numerous times on this blog)

cheers!

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