Want to do a 365 Photography Project? Here’s Some Inspiration

A 365 photography project is an excellent way to remain consistent with your practice. Not only does it encourage you to be creative, it also inspires you to try new things with your photography. A 365 project doesn’t need to begin on January 1st either, so if you feel like you missed your chance, you haven’t. Below we’re sharing the best 365 projects we’ve published over the years, helping you get ideas and giving you that little push needed to begin your project.

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Five Beautiful 365 Photo Projects to Get You Inspired

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Image by Sasha O. Used in our original interview

Now that it’s a new year, photographers are bound to want to begin new projects. And if you’re still mostly in the growing stages, then nothing can help you improve your craft more than dedicating yourself to a 365 photo project. We’ve interviewed many photographers about their very own and how they improved over the year that they spent honing their craft.

Here are five inspirational 365 photo projects that you’ll want to take a look at.

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One Birthday a Day: the 365 Birthday Photo Project

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All images by Justin Aversano. Used with permission.

Photographer Justin Aversano is Brooklyn based photographer that has worked on and completed what could be one of the most daunting 365 projects ever. For one year, he searched for people with a birthday on that date, conversed with them and asked them for their photograph. If that isn’t tough enough, he did the entire project with Polaroid film–which presents its own technical issues to begin with.

“Initially what inspired this project was that I was experimenting with Polaroids a week before I started the project. I was sitting with a group of friends late at night exploring our consciousness and we heard a knock on the door. It was a friend from school Brian and a few of his friends from New Jersey; he thought we were throwing a party that night, but we were not, though I invited him in regardless.” says Justin on the start of how all this happened.

“I was sitting in a chair awaiting our visitors to my surprise that it was one of Brian’s friends birthday; after saying happy birthday and greeted our guests I then looked down and saw the Polaroid camera.” For Mr. Aversano, this is the moment where it all came together.

To start, Justin did what every other photographer does: begins with family and friends. But it eventually became more challenging and he realized that in order to do the project, he would need to venture out further into the community. So to do this he travelled to other states outside of New York and found parties. He even went to the West Coast.

“To overcome initial nervousness is through self discipline, though there were a lot of doubts if one may or may not find someone whose birthday it is that day is quite a nervous thought, but when one embarks on an art project with their deepest passion and willpower then all is able.”

Justin attributes making great use of Facebook to find folks who had a birthday. But of course, that didn’t always work out–so he walked around the streets everyday with a sign that said, “Is it your birthday today?” until he found the right people.

Some of Justin’s work is after the jump.

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