“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: