#AU_REVOIR FRIENDS

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365 days. 365 prompts.

Since its launch almost a year ago, Project Life 365 has served as a springboard for creativity, a global gathering place for photographers interested in exploring the world around them. We’ve taken stock of the #little_things, played with #motion_blur, shared what we were #currently_reading, looked #underneath and #above, then felt #optimistic, #strange, and #alive.

Ironically, our last prompt of the year–and the final prompt of Project Life 365–is #au_revoir.

After 365 days, we have met our year-long goal (woot!) and are closing up shop at Project Life 365. We will not be prompting or posting in 2014, simply because the team at PL 365 will be redirecting its resources to several new projects within the Design Aglow community. Over the past year, Design Aglow has published 2 books and opened Frame and Paper Shops for professional photographers, with more projects in the works. In other words, there’s a lot going on.

So we wanted to thank you–thank you for making this dedicated community of creatives such an inspiring and supportive place to be. We thank you for sharing your lives with us, for being brave and consistent and experimental and showing up each day with your photographs. From the mundane to the fabulous, we loved it all.

As for 2013’s photos: we know you’ve amassed quite a collection, so we urge you to remember this amazing year in a custom Project Life 365 Moleskine album, a modern scrapbook that will serve as a beautiful physical archive of you.

As for the photos that have yet to be taken in 2014: keep your daily photography project alive! (This app, site, and community are great resources for you to explore.) And since you’re in the hashtag habit, tagging your images with #projectlife365 will keep us apprised of your journey.

So this is the end; we’ll think back fondly on all the #good_times and look forward to seeing your final two weeks of #projectlife365 posts.

#Au_revoir, friends; we’ll see you in pictures.

INSPIRED WORDS BY MARK TWAIN

Inspirational quotes and inspired words, quote by Mark Twain

Reflections

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Tom Hussey is a Dallas-based photographer whose series Reflections beautifully captures the connection between past and present. In the portraits, his subjects gaze into a mirror and see their younger selves reflected back at them. The elderly are often invisible members of society, but this series reminds us that everyone has a story. Check out the full series on his website. What will your story be?

 

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Puppy Love

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When Jessica’s family decided to adopt a puppy, they had no idea how much love and cuteness was in store for them. Especially for their youngest child, Beau. Each day at naptime, Theo (the puppy) and Beau (the toddler) snuggle together as they sleep. Not only do they wake up happy and refreshed, but we have the pleasure of an adorable daily photo via @mommasgonecity (hashtag #theoandbeau). Check out the whole story on Jessica’s blog, and definitely follow her on Instagram!

 

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Optical Illusions

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Moscow-based photographer Alexander Khokhlov teamed up with makeup artist Valeriya Kutsan (the website is in Russian, but Google Translate works quite well) to create some amazing portraits with their cleverly-titled series, 2D or Not 2D. Using only makeup, Kutsan turned the models’ faces into optical illusions, and Khokhlov captured the results. You can see more of the series on Khokhlov’s website.

 

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Timing is Everything

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The timing of a photo can make or break it. If any of these photos had been taken a moment before or after, the final images simply wouldn’t have worked. These will put a smile on your face, so be sure to check out all 50 images here.

 

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INSPIRED WORDS BY HENRY DAVID THOREAU

Inspired words by Henry David Thoreau featured on Project Life 365

WEEK 52 DAILY CHALLENGES: 12.22.2013 – 12.28.2013

PROJECT LIFE 365'S WEEKLY CHALLENGE LIST

SUN – DEC 22nd: #LIGHTS
MON – DEC 23rd: #CUP_OF_GOOD_CHEER
TUES – DEC 24th: #MERRY
WED – DEC 25th: #GATHER
THURS – DEC 26th: #MAGICAL
FRI – DEC 27th: #GOLD
 SAT – DEC 28th: #GREETINGS

Be sure to request your free membership at projectlife365.com  and receive the monthly desktop calendar along with other goodies in our monthly newsletter!

 

Old School LA

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At age 11, George Porcari emigrated to Los Angeles from Peru. He began taking photographs in his early 20s (in the 1970s), and these particular images are from 1979 and largely taken through the window of his car. He went on to attend both Pratt Institute and Art Center College, and he is a photographer, film maker, critic, and librarian (!). Beyond the images from 1979, many years of work can be found on Porcari’s website.

 

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Help-Portrait

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Celebrity photographer Jeremy Cowart founded Help-Portrait, a community of photographers around the world who use their photography skills to give back to their local community. Every year in December, photographers around the world grab their cameras, find people in need, and take their picture. When the prints are ready, the photographs get delivered. And it really is world wide. NPR recently covered some photo shoots that took place in China.

While this year’s event has passed, it’s not too soon to start making plans for next year’s Help-Portrait. Click here for details and inspiration.

 

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