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Day 364 of 365 days.

"I’m not merciful or blessed. I’m just me. I’ve got a job to do and I do it….When the first living thing existed, I was there. Waiting. When the last living thing dies, my job will be finished. I’ll put the chairs on the tables, turn out the lights and lock the universe behind me when I leave."

Welcome to the penultimate 365 day photo. I love the word penultimate.

This picture is very special to me. About two minutes into starting this project I knew exactly how I wanted to end it. I knew this was the shot. I knew it was the perfect way to close out a year of photos. Assuming I was capable of making it that far. This was how I wanted to say goodbye to a year. About five minutes in, I came up with a better idea for ending the year which is what i will be doing tomorrow, but I really wanted to do this shot, and so I saved it for the next to last day.

You ever leave an old apartment for the last time. You’re moving out. You’re moving on. But before you do, you just have to take one last look at that empty room. One last glance around to see if there’s anything you forgot and just to remember before you step off into the unknown. Then you turn around and lock the door behind you. That’s kind of how I feel about this year.

If you’ve been reading these entries, then you can probably see that even though I tend to spread a lot of humor into it, I’ve been trying to be as honest about my feelings and thoughts and my life as possible. Something that really isn’t easy for me all the time. If you pay attention you can probably tell the days that I’m up and the days that I’m down. You know that it hasn’t been the best year for me, In the past twelve months, I’ve basically only worked four and a half of them. And yet in many ways its been the happiest and most productive year of my life.

This project has not only helped me become a better photographer but it has renewed my interest in seriously becoming an artist and writer. Something that I had long since thought dead in me. Over the years, I’ve been increasingly distracted by "the real world." and I’ve let my career replace my passion. Basically, even though I still claimed to want to be an artist and i dabbled. Every day I was more and more distracted by life and I kind of felt it slipping away from me. Today, because of this project and because of the people who follow it, I honestly feel as though I have that back. I may never make another dime as an artist. Hell, I may never make another dime period. But, if I die tomorrow, at least I’ll have this year and it was a year that at least on a personal level allowed me to accomplish a dream I’d had since I was seven years old. I might not be Michaelangelo. I’m not even Michael Moore. But if nothing else, I created something that directly affected the lives of at least 4903 other people on some level or another, and I swear that I will never ever forget that. So many thank me all the time for creating 365 days (though honestly, I really didn’t) and changing their lives. I want to thank all of them for making it a success and changing mine.

So yeah, it was the best year of my life. It was the worst year of my life. I don’t know what’s on the other side of that door. But I am looking forward to finding out.

Of course with my luck it’s a lion waiting to devour me. But hey. we all gotta go someway.

"We’ll leave the light on for ya."

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84 comments for “8-10-07

  1. August 10, 2007 at 4:41 am

    Someone else can’t sleep either.

    Thank you for making this fun. I hope Year Two is happier for you. And get a job, you bum! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. August 10, 2007 at 4:43 am

    @Mikey/MDDunn Photography: eh… I’m a bum. I sleep whenever… I took a nap earlier today, so I wasn’t really tired. And I wanted to shoot this while it was dark so i started working on it right after midnight. And Thanks!

  3. August 10, 2007 at 5:43 am

    Can’t wait to see the finale! And whether you ‘created’ 365 or not, you get a lot of the credit for it’s popularity here and now. I’m glad I found it. I’ve met a lot of great people through the group, one in particular. ;o)

    Congrats and thanks again!!

  4. August 10, 2007 at 5:47 am

    Drum roll, please! Certainly you must know that we are all at the edge of our seats, waiting for the unveiling of your final shot — it’s a milestone moment for each of us. Thanks for inspiring us all.

  5. August 10, 2007 at 6:58 am

    BRAVO BRAVO BRAVO!!! This is a wonderful shot!

    This has been a wonderful & inspiring year. Even though I waited half a year to start, I’ve followed your’s from the beginning. I think you’ve seen and heard how this project has affected a lot of people, including myself, so you know that it’s powers have touched us all. I’m glad that it’s been as meaningful to you as it has been for the rest of us!

    Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s shot and for whatever follows!

  6. August 10, 2007 at 8:14 am

    Very nice shot!

  7. August 10, 2007 at 8:51 am


    And yes, you DID create THIS group…whether or not you created the "concept" doesn’t matter…you put the group together and the rest of us followed and I’m very thankful. It’s been difficult and fun and at times, for me at least, a mundane task…but all in all I will look back on this year (for many years to come) and KNOW what I did, remember that it was the year that I got back the real LOVE for photography…something I, too, have loved for so long. It reminded me that I can take photographs of things other than my son…and myself! But through the daily sp’s I found, well, a bit of something else in me and you deserve thanks. It was actually Alex (Kanorama) that found me and invited me to the group…so a big thanks to him too…in case he’s lurking around out there still ๐Ÿ™‚

    I’m really looking forward to the last day shot….you’ve got me so curious!!!

  8. August 10, 2007 at 9:07 am

    I’ve really been enjoying your year of posts. Congrats!!

  9. August 10, 2007 at 9:20 am

    It just feels so epic. Just think, tomorrow will be THE day. The day a lot of people (me included) have been waiting for for months.

    Congratulations. You deserve it.

    And it better to be a complete anti-climax! I’ll have to kill something if it is. ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. August 10, 2007 at 9:33 am

    Really cool shot! The idea works so well for the penultimate shot, actually.

    I love what you’ve written here. But go on and take credit, man. You started this group, nobody else did. You helped reignite that love for photography in a LOT of people here by creating a place for this project.

    I can never thank you enough for that.

  11. August 10, 2007 at 9:42 am

    fantastic shot, you are invited to join on

  12. August 10, 2007 at 9:53 am

    This is a great shot to end with, so I can’t wait to see tomorrows. And great quote from Death too.

    I haven’t actually considered the end yet…..hmmm.

    have you considered what you’ll do on day 366?

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  13. August 10, 2007 at 9:57 am

    @Sick Little Monkey: yeah, d.rex is pretty cool. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    @misterg8s: hmmm… yeah, people have been saying that for a bit. I’m kinda afraid it’s going to be a huge disappointment now.

    @lrayholly: Oh, I have no idea what I’d use for a shot on day 366. Maybe I should quit afterall. Thank you.

    @mccalm2001: thank you.

    @pi c’s: thank you and you’re welcome…. and again, I’m so amazingly afraid that the last day is going to disappoint.

    @terpsichoreann: thank you.

    @david_porter: heh… maybe I’ll take an 11:59 cameraphone shot and just be done with it. Thank you.

    @sadandbeautiful (Sarah): thank you. Like I said, I knew I wanted to use it, including the opening quote, from the very beginning. I’m just glad I was able to inspire so many people. The thought of that wows me everyday.

  14. August 10, 2007 at 10:00 am

    @gabinetu: thank you, but I don’t think I’d ever use another random photography group.

    @peculiar235: ah… someone knows the quote. I don’t have any idea at all what I’m gonna do on day 366. I think I’ll just keep my mind blank of it for now.

  15. August 10, 2007 at 10:03 am

    This photo and your narrative are both beautiful…thank you for sharing both.

  16. August 10, 2007 at 10:16 am

    @Just Andrea With A Camera: you’re welcome. thankyou for commenting.

  17. August 10, 2007 at 10:32 am

    You know good and well that you’re no more quitting on your day 366 than I am.

  18. August 10, 2007 at 10:35 am

    Is that the door to your office?

  19. August 10, 2007 at 10:39 am

    @MegaBee: I will if I get devoured by a lion.

    @Princess Diablo: to the studio actually. My office has no door…. errr… I mean, its the door to the universe. Yeah, that’s it.

  20. August 10, 2007 at 10:40 am

    This is simply an amazing shot…..and your words are both honest and sincere. I have looked forward to seeing your daily shots and I hope they won’t end with day 365.

    Thank you so much for starting such a wonderful group.

  21. August 10, 2007 at 10:41 am

    @*boheme*: thank you. And I really did try to shoot from the heart here.

  22. August 10, 2007 at 10:44 am

    Okay, tomorrow’s shot had better be you inside a lion’s digestive tract.

  23. August 10, 2007 at 10:49 am

    thank you.

  24. August 10, 2007 at 10:54 am

    @MegaBee: I would…. but I can’t work the othroscopic camera from INSIDE the lion, and if I let a doctor do it, its not an SP.

    @flooznyc: you’re welcome. Thank you.

  25. August 10, 2007 at 12:05 pm

    Being honest about ones feelings isn’t always easy. I takes some guts. And is it ever worthwhile. you have touched so many lives with your group. I am happy to have found you, your group, and to have become an active contributor.

    Cheers to an accomplished dream. *Sip*
    Cheers to a very amazing 365 days. *Swig*
    And Cheers to an incredible artist! *GLUG*

    You’re going places : )

  26. August 10, 2007 at 12:18 pm

    @strictly 365: thank you for the kind words and the cheers.

  27. August 10, 2007 at 12:28 pm

    Wonderful shot. Good composition, and fantastic ‘wrap up’ shot idea.
    The journey of 365 is more and less than simple pictures, so inventor or not, thank you for the group. Thanks for the ideas, the fun shots, and being able to watch you grow along the way.

    Final comments tomorrow.

  28. August 10, 2007 at 12:29 pm

    @Tojosan: yes it is. And thank you.

  29. August 10, 2007 at 1:01 pm

    I’ll be honest, I haven’t followed your photostream, but what I have seen has been amazing. This has been an awesome group to be in. I have gotten to "know" alot of people, including your mom.
    For tomorrow’s finale, as long as you like it, it will be the ending you have had planned since the beginning. Not many people can do that.

    Thanks for sharing you thoughts, ideas and pictures, here’s to a better year in your next step of life.

  30. August 10, 2007 at 1:30 pm

    @Nanna J: i’m glad it has helped you. thank you for your thoughts and thank you for contributing.

  31. August 10, 2007 at 1:32 pm

    One more day – Congrats!

  32. August 10, 2007 at 1:34 pm

    @Mamahoot~: yep. Thank you.

  33. August 10, 2007 at 2:52 pm

    That is one amazing shot and a very touching narrative. This group YOU created has served as one large canvas for others to explore, whether to expand their photographic skills, find their creativity, or even find who they really are. I can attest to those 3 and I bet others will too.

    Thank you for bringing 365 Days to us all

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

  34. August 10, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    @Ernie E: thank you. Honestly, I’m just glad the group has been able to help you out as much as it has.

  35. August 10, 2007 at 3:48 pm

    I have been absent from the web, uploading 30 days at a time…and missing out on reading how other 365’rs are doing. Today I had a moment and I am so glad I stopped by your stream today.

    You really have helped a lot of people in thousands of ways that many of us cannot put into words to appropriately thank you enough. "Thank you" truly is the best I can do. I wish you all the best in the new year…and many of us will be keeping an eye out for more of your gallery showings.

    Cheers to the last 364 day and hopefully many more "tomorrows"
    – bd

  36. August 10, 2007 at 3:53 pm

    @babblingdweeb: thank you. Glad I could help.

  37. August 10, 2007 at 6:23 pm

    fantastic penultimate entry! I’ll join the ranks and thank you for starting this flickr group and helping inspire all we who come after you and the ‘original’ crew. I’ve made friends, gained insight, wisdom, artistic inspiration and become a better writer and maybe even a better photographer. This group is indeed what kicked me into higher gear, and I thank you from the bottom of my still-beating heart. I can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds, in every way.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  38. August 10, 2007 at 6:31 pm

    @lalalaa Dolce Vita: you’re welcome. I hope you keep it up.

  39. August 10, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    That is so exciting! Congrats!

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  40. August 10, 2007 at 7:34 pm

    Great shot, Chris. It really looks like you’re leaving a void. And thanks–whether you think this was your idea or not, organizing something and bringing it to fruition is usually more work than having an idea.

  41. August 10, 2007 at 7:35 pm

    Wonderful, beautiful. : ) Thanks for making the group possible. I have truly enjoyed your photography, and most assuredly will continue to do so.

  42. August 10, 2007 at 7:37 pm

    Congratulations. And thank you for laying out a path of self-discovery that so many have chosen to walk down.

    Seen on your photo stream. (?)

  43. August 10, 2007 at 7:43 pm

    This is an awesome metaphor, and I can’t thank you enough for organizing this group. I’ve only been doing it a couple of months, but I’ve grown as a photographer and learned to like my body about 1000% more than before. I’ve had the joy of sharing the experience with some absolutely great people. All this is pretty good for 2 months and the 24 bucks it cost to start a pro account!

  44. August 10, 2007 at 7:47 pm

    Really great shot and words. Self-discovery and just plain making it are the name of the game for me in my 365…sounds like a good life plan, too.

    Looking forward to tomorrow’s shot!

    Seen in some comments. (?)

  45. August 10, 2007 at 8:05 pm

    @leftbanker: thank you.

    @leftbanker: yeah, honestly, I’m more impressed with the success of this prokect than anyone. And I certainly hope there’s no voide. I’d love it to continue forever.

    @adayinthelife: thank you. That means a lot.

    @Saynine: thank you.

    @Gamma Infinity: I’m glad the project has been such a success to you. Its cliche, but honestly the fact that so many people have been helped by something so simple really means a lot to me.

    @libraryann: it is. At least that’s what I keep trying to remember. Thank you.

  46. August 10, 2007 at 8:41 pm

    What an awesome photo – and thought provoking……..
    I’m new to flickr, and have been touched by the community I see here….I’ve been looking at some of the 365 "sets" – it’s amazing – the ups and downs…..the funny days; the serious days……the personalities that begin coming through……What a great bunch you all are!

    You can’t stop now – I just got here! (not brave enough to put my funky face on here for 365 days, but…….)

    Thanks for all the sharing!!

  47. August 10, 2007 at 8:45 pm

    @Babs1696: you should try it. It’s only intimidating for the first week or two, then you really do become used to it. Thanks for the kind words.

  48. August 10, 2007 at 8:57 pm

    Hi Chrismaverick.. this shot is so beautiful..
    nice t met you throught your lovely mom..I have ever so slightly followed the 365 through Dave.. and your mama..

    anyways.. to say congratullations seems quite empty..

    may I say thank you for a lovely portrait. and thank you for aa millestone portrid in your life..

    as you I am currently unemployed.. it has made me find me.. and has bought me much loneliness, and heartsache.. all wrapped up in confusion… I want so much to be the romantic whom gets offered a dollar for one of her humble photos.. lol!.. its been fun regardless. and a heartache at others..

    well.. thank you !.. a bow to yu!

  49. August 10, 2007 at 9:01 pm

    Wow. Just wow. What a great way to end 365. I look forward to seeing your last day shot, even if it is just the camera phone shot at 11:59 you were joking about…talk about calling it in. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  50. August 10, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    @Larry_n_Isa: thank you for taking the time to stop by.

    @SydB42: I did consider it, but no, that’s not it either. Thanks.

  51. August 10, 2007 at 11:01 pm

    Fantastic penultimate shot! Wonderful job. And thanks for being a great engineer on this selfportrait train.

  52. August 11, 2007 at 12:03 am

    This is amazing. Really love the processing you put into this one.

  53. August 11, 2007 at 12:15 am

    Damn, I missed the party. Well, I like to make an entrance ๐Ÿ˜‰

    This is an awesome shot, very cool. And I have moved out of plenty of places and actually did do the "last look around", this is perfect. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for tomorrow and neither can Nico ๐Ÿ˜‰

  54. August 11, 2007 at 1:03 am

    fantastic… can’t wait to see tommorrow.

  55. August 11, 2007 at 1:20 am

    @Travelinjim: and thank you for coming along for the ride.

    @Dshalock the Libertarian Emperor: thank you.

    @PhotoKat: you always make a grand entrance, Kat.

    @jwill9311: Thank you, I’m about to start working on it now.

  56. August 11, 2007 at 1:28 am

    This is a fantastic shot, and I know exactly what you mean about leaving an apartment/house for the last time. I grew up a military brat, and had 10 different addresses by my 18th birthday. The picture, and the thought that is behind it is very poignant.

    More importantly, you’ve been an inspiration for me and countless (well, 4903 or so) others here to look inside of ourselves. I must admit, there have been times that I just haven’t had the inspiration do do something extremely creative on many days, and thought about giving up on the project, but I haven’t so far.

    Also, through you, I’ve gotten to meet your fabulous mom, who I’m very much hoping to meet in person in a couple of months when I move to Mobile. I’m also hoping that if you come home for a visit, I can meet you.

    Real life does suck quite a lot of the time, and I’m in one of those times now. Real life is intruding to the point that I don’t have the time that I would like to devote to my photography. However, if I deal with the issues I have now and get the hell out of Atlanta, life will be much simpler and cleaner.

    I’m waiting with bated breath to see what your finale will be.

    Seen in my contacts’ photos. (?)

  57. August 11, 2007 at 1:32 am

    @FadderUri: I’m glad to hear I’ve been a help to anyone in any way. Thank you for the kind words.

  58. August 11, 2007 at 1:39 am

    Fantastic image and so much of what you say is what makes 365 days such a great project with which to be involved. Cheers!

  59. August 11, 2007 at 1:51 am

    @abchick: thank you.

  60. August 11, 2007 at 2:05 am

    I’m going to cry tomorrow, I just know it. I think it’s amazing how many lives you’ve touched and changed with this project. I’m in awe.

  61. August 11, 2007 at 2:05 am

    Cette photo a toute sa place dans le groupe :
    Your photo has its place in the group:
    *Clair-Obscur / Darkness-Light*

    Veuillez nous joindre et montrer vos belles photos !
    Please join us and show your beautiful photos !

  62. August 11, 2007 at 2:22 am

    @Kungfukitten: its not that sad is it? Hmmm… I thought girls only cried when I kissed them.

    @NguyenDai: Thank you. I think I will actually add it to that group. It seems appropriate.

  63. August 11, 2007 at 8:56 am

    I just woke up – I can’t manage to conjure up any words other than that’s a rockin’ photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

  64. August 11, 2007 at 9:33 am

    @ambrosialove: thank you. Wait til you see what I have planned for today. Started working on it a little after midnight.

  65. August 11, 2007 at 11:46 am

    Wow! A fantastic image,love the feeling of space.Beautiful words!

  66. August 11, 2007 at 12:00 pm

    started working on it a little after midnight… that was 12 hours ago…come on, come on….anxious people are waiting ๐Ÿ™‚

  67. August 11, 2007 at 12:03 pm

    @practicalowl: thank you.

    @pi c’s: well, to be fair, by a little after nidnight, I meant 2am. I was just tired and forgot… so its only actually been 10 hours. And it’ll be at least another one, I’d estimate til I’m finished.

    Geeze… all this hype, I’m never going to live up to. *sigh* ๐Ÿ™‚

  68. August 11, 2007 at 1:09 pm

    This is very cool. Now hurry up with #365! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  69. August 11, 2007 at 1:39 pm

    this has been a wonderful journey, I’m glad i found it, I wish i could remember the 6 degrees of flickr separation, that lead me to the group, as i wasn’t really looking for a daily self portrait group, but i’m glad i’ve found it, and look forward to your 365th photo.

  70. August 11, 2007 at 2:22 pm

    @d.rex: oh, its there now.

    @ms.Tea: Honestly, I wasn’t really looking for one either. I was never really in to self-portraiture. But then I started this on a whim, and it’s one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

  71. August 11, 2007 at 6:29 pm

    Congratulations! This image is currently (or was recently) one of Flickr’s Top 10 most interesting photos. (It is/was on page one of the calendar view.) Would you like to add it to the Top 10 Interestingness pool? It would be a great addition!

  72. August 11, 2007 at 6:37 pm

    Congrats! Seen in Explore! #10
    You might want to add it to 365 Explored

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

  73. August 11, 2007 at 10:01 pm

    @nunavut: thank you, and I think I will.

    @lrayholly: thank you. I have added it there as well.

  74. August 12, 2007 at 5:53 am

    wow, this is so beautiful! I love the idea, how you did it and the thoughts you put in it.

    Seen in the interestingness archives. (?)

  75. August 12, 2007 at 1:14 pm

    @KatColorado: thank you. It was really hard to wait the whole year before doing it, since I had the idea on day 1.

  76. August 12, 2007 at 7:06 pm

    FYI – moved up to #9

  77. August 12, 2007 at 10:39 pm

    @lrayholly: yep, I caught it earlier. But thanks.

  78. August 15, 2007 at 9:57 pm

    love everything about this. thank you. really—you have made such a difference in so many ways you have no idea. thank you.

  79. August 15, 2007 at 10:13 pm

    @artsy_T: I’m just glad I could help. Thank you.

  80. August 16, 2007 at 3:08 pm

    very great work..stunning..gorgeous and awesome combined

  81. August 16, 2007 at 8:23 pm

    @tomdotcom88: thank you.

  82. October 29, 2007 at 11:13 am


    Only saw this now.
    This is so fantastic.

  83. October 29, 2007 at 6:03 pm

    @Cybergabi: thank you. I was pretty proud of this one.

  84. January 13, 2009 at 4:23 pm

    Hi, I’m an admin for a group called alone in a dark room, and we’d love to have this added to the group!

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