How Do You Measure A Year? : Project 365 – Gabriel Gastelum

“How do you measure a year? Mixtapes, movie stubs, height and weight fluxuations? Maybe. But for Gabriel Gastelum, it was all in the lens.By photographing his milestones in the form of a bleeding finger and his new San Francisco-apartment view, Gastelum invites complete strangers to share various aspects of his life” – Dalina Castellanos

In about 30 seconds, Dalina described the project better than I could. I started this project last April, right after I had finished coming back from my round-the-world trip. I didn’t tell anyone about the project, I wanted to keep it a secret until after I had finished. But, some people did find out due to being crazy good investigators (Dalina), or super creepy stalkers (Brian and Omid).

Five hundred twenty-five thousand Six hundred minutes
How do you measure, measure a year?
In daylights, in sunsets, in midnights
In cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife. -Rent

Its crazy how much happens in a year. I road tripped the South with my best friends. I spent an amazing last summer in Seattle. I moved to San Francisco. I went to the most amazing bachelor party ever. I saw my best friends get married. I traveled a lot. I made so many great new friends.

The project was really to see if I could do it. So many people do this project, but they take the same face picture everyday for a whole year (like the famous Noah video). I didn’t want to do that. I wanted to photography my ideas, my thoughts, my feelings and what was generally going on in my life. Some photos came out great; some came out lousy. Weather it was from my fancy camera, my iphone or my little canon, it didn’t matter, all I needed to do was take a picture of myself.

“Too late for second-guessing
Too late to go back to sleep
It’s time to trust my instincts
Close my eyes: and leap!
It’s time to try
Defying gravity” – Wicked

I could go on writing more about the project, but I will just let the pictures speak for themselves. But aside from the video posted above, here are a few of my favorites:

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14 comments
  1. Maribel said:

    Wow… I am in awe of you… there are no words.

  2. Omid said:

    by far the coolest thing ive ever seen online…better than porn!..well equal. hahah

  3. Evan Kory said:

    Gabe this is amazing

  4. Gabrielle Silva said:

    Gabe…I’m absolutely in love with your photography…incredible…amazing!!!

  5. Rosie said:

    Amazing photos, I LIKE!!! Awesome job, congrats!

  6. Mom said:

    OMG! OMG! ABSOLUTELY AMAZING! I KEEP WATCHING IT OVER AND OVER AND OVER. I LOVE IT SON! YOUR ARE AWESOME! SUCH IMAGINATION! TWO THUMBS UP! I DON’T EVEN KNOW WHAT ELSE TO SAY!

  7. evelia said:

    why does everything you do, make me cry? (in a good way of course)

  8. jlopez210 said:

    I’m not going to lie Gabe, that was ok. ha jk very well done!

  9. Juan G said:

    Te felicito Gabriel. Te quedó genial. Y para mí muy buena manera de empezar la mañana. Saludos.

  10. evelia said:

    1:14am
    four viewings = four buckets of tears

  11. David Cuerpo said:

    Absolutely Awesome! Amazing photography. Keep doing what you’re doing bud.

  12. andrea said:

    love it. thanks for making me jealous of your life!

  13. Jackie Lopez said:

    Awesome new pics Gabe…you are above talent 🙂

  14. nettsu said:

    amazing doesn’t even begin to describe this
    I ❤ it all!

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