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My Defective Ear

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A 366-day pursuit in personal portraiture, presented by nige.

The challenge: to photograph, and post to this moblog, a portrait shot of myself, every single day, over the next year. Apparently, it's much harder than it sounds...

Perhaps more challenging: that i don't enjoy seeing my phizog in a photo at the best of times, and knowing that i'm probably going to annoy the hell out of the moblog community in doing this. So, sincere apologies in advance for this undertaking, but i just can't help myself. I promise to try and be creative, so you won't have to look at my mug every day.

Anyone interested in joining me? I think i'm probably going to need the company...

Dailyme report card:
365 Degrees of Kyoob
See Me
My Left Ear
Whose Shoes ?
Slice of Life
Sexy Investment

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I've completed the year, and posted my last dailyme. Today, i thought i'd make one final final post. I really do hope that others will try this project, but if you're not convinced yet, maybe this picture will sway you: The entire year of portraits, fused together in one squizzare.

I merged the files together in picasa, and at 6400 x 6400 pixels it's quite a large piece (over 2.25m x 2.25m). I'm going to get it printed onto canvas very soon and hang this bad boy up somewhere in the house, so everyone can check me out again and again and again and...

See it larger if you're interested.

18th Jun 2008, 17:52   | tags:,,comments (25)

366 of 366: It really is the end of the road

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On the 18th June 2007 I started a project to take a self-portrait every day for the entire leap year. 366 days later, i've reached my goal. Enough of the fake goodbyes and suicide notes; this really is the end. It's party time.


I've been sitting at this laptop for ages trying to figure out what i want to accomplish with this last piece of text. It seems fitting that I should write about the personal difficulties and triumphs i've had throughout this undertaking, but thats not really what I want to say.

When I started this project a year ago, I didn't really question why I decided to do it. I had read about the idea on lots of photography websites, and I thought it would be a cool thing to do on moblog. It seemed like everyone had a lot more questions about the venture than I did, but I had very few answers because I had made the decision on a whim. I found that most of my own questions came during the year itself, and I'm happy to say that they have almost all been answered within 366 days. The first and most enduring things I asked myself were: What will it be like to force myself to take a picture - every single day - of the subject i least like to see in front of the camera? After i have done so for a year, will I still love taking pictures? Will I know myself a little more?

I won't give the answers. I hope they are obvious through my pictures, and the way the project developed over the last year.

This undertaking has forced me to confront myself every single day. It has made me earn the moments, and squeeze out a little extra effort to accomplish a bit more every day. Even on days when I felt like I hadn't contributed anything, I at least contributed my dailyme. It has stopped me from coasting; I haven't found myself saying "where did that week go?" as time goes hurtling by. The whole thing has been right there in front of me (and everyone else) in pictures, on moblog.

Now that i'm at the end I can say this: dailyme has been one of the most rewarding things I have ever done, and it's been that much better having the community here to witness it. I'm absolutely shattered, but I have loved the process so much that even though I will no longer post to this moblog, as long as I am able I will continue to take a dailyme every single day, for the rest of my life. Thats how profoundly this thing has affected me.

And so in writing this I now realise what it is I really want to say:
I want others to experience this. I want them to be affected like I have. To see their year, up close, every day. It's wonderful, believe me, and something that you will never, ever regret. It's harder than it looks, but easier than you think, and the feeling when you reach the end? Nothing short of amazing.
17th Jun 2008, 23:27   | tags:,,,,comments (46)

Hang ups

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__/ \\_____Deep sleep______________________________________

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15th Jun 2008, 15:05   | tags:,,,comments (22)

..miss me when i'm go..n..e...

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Goodbye cruel world θθθ

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12th Jun 2008, 20:21   | tags:,comments (10)

The last week of the 366 project

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The last week of the 366 project

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