Fear of failing the 365 Project. I think everyone who does the 365 has
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Sometime during June 2008, with the academic life a bit past behind me, I decided I needed a life, and that included getting a better hobby than doing at home the same things I was doing at work. So I bought my Canon 400D and started shooting everything that moved, and then everything that stood still, and then just everything.
After a while I started getting a grip on the camera, so I tried setting some goals that would allow me to evolve, and the idea for Project365 was born. Initially I'd try and take a picture of the most relevant things for me throughout the day, but eventually realized that wasn't really what I wanted. So I started trying to take a daily photo that I liked, without repeating myself too much.
Within the project, a couple subsets were born, such as "Phobias" and "Addictions and Bad Habits". These provide a never ending stream of inspiration, at the cost of having to spend quite some time in preparing the sets. After a while, I realized that what I liked most - as in everyday activity - was People and everything about them.
So in the end, Project365 turned from being a self-centered project to being about the People that surround me and make my life as interesting as it is. I ended up photographing over 70 different people including friends, relatives and strangers. Remarkably, I also ended up documenting the most eventful year of my life, where lots of important changes happened!
I'd like to thank my girlfriend for her patience and for showing up in almost 60 of the 365 photos. I'd like to thank Rui Marinho and Sérgio Castro for lending me their cameras when mine broke, my other friends who participated and the community that supported me on a daily basis. So, in a very real way, Project 365 is not mine, it's ours. Thank you.
Finally, a year gone by, I feel that besides being a much better photographer, I may also be a slightly better person. And now that Project 365 has become history, I'm going to rest a bit. I'll be back in August, see you then!