date November 19, 2010 location Chicago, IL comments 19 Comments

Today. There is only one way I can think of to start off this post and that is with a big "THANK YOU". Project 365 has been a personal project of mine, but photography, like all art, is not possible without an audience. The friends, family, fellow photographers and everyone else that have encouraged and inspired me have made this project possible.

I have had a lot of people ask me what Project 365 is. Project 365 is simply publishing a photograph every day for a year. Project 365 is the best way to improve your photography skills, because it not only forces you to produce a photograph every day, but it forces your work to be constantly critiqued. Project 365 is the marathon of photo projects, and how fitting is it that I have accomplished it while running.

At this point I am not sure what my next project will be if there is one. My plan is to take a break from photography for a while, and wait until I feel the urge to shoot again. Photography is a hobby for me so it is important that I keep it fun.

Today's picture is my first self-portrait! What better way to end project 365 than a picture of me running through Chicago with my camera.

Finding a hobby that you love is a once in a lifetime experience. Thanks to everyone for your encouragement, this has been amazing!

ShutterRunner shutterrunnin' through Chicago.View Exif InformationView on Map

ShutterRunner shutterrunnin' through Chicago.

Posted by Heath O'Fee on November 19, 2010 7:21am

Congratulations, Matty!! I've really enjoyed the portion of your 365 adventure that I was part of, and it was great to see your progression as a photographer. Enjoy your break from shooting, and I look forward to your return!

Posted by Jim Denham on November 19, 2010 7:26am

Congrats Matty and well done! I just wish I had tagged along for more of it! Hope to see more from you soon!

Posted by Shane on November 19, 2010 7:32am

Yay!!! Congratulations!!! I'm soooooo proud of you. This picture is INCREDIBLE AND LUSH! I can't wait to celebrate with you all weekend. You are amazing and your art truly does move me. Thanks for taking me along for the ride.

Posted by Brit on November 19, 2010 7:33am

Ditto what Shane said.

Posted by Jesse Pafundi on November 19, 2010 7:36am

Haha love the balloons! Congrats on completing it. You really have some terrific images!

Posted by ShutterRunner on November 19, 2010 7:41am

Thanks to all of you guys! @Jesse glad you like the balloons!

Posted by Matt Glavin on November 19, 2010 7:45am

Congrats Matt! What a fantastic accomplishment! I can't wait to for your next project.

Posted by Dawn on November 19, 2010 8:04am

Well done Matty! I love the way you ended the project with a self portrait. You are extremely talented and I am looking forward to whatever you do next. <3

Posted by Ashley on November 19, 2010 9:42am

Great way to end project 365! Congratulations!

Posted by Scott Frederick on November 19, 2010 12:03pm

Congrats, now you can rest! :)

Posted by bob lussier on November 19, 2010 12:42pm

Great post Great project! Congratulations. Love the image as well. The balloons are cool. Can you write a little javascript that will allow us to pop them with a mouse click? :-)

Posted by ShutterRunner on November 19, 2010 12:52pm

Thanks Everyone! @Bob, glad you like the balloons, I thought it was a nice touch. I used a jquery plugin called jSnow. I'll see what I can do about popping them.

Posted by Hector Garza on November 19, 2010 3:24pm

Congratulations on this amazing project. You manged to keep us "at the edge of our seats" waiting for the next photo. I wish you all the luck in whatever you do next. I know you'll return to photography once in a while... and I know it will be a blast. Sincerely. Hector Garza aka Munshun.

Posted by mike on November 19, 2010 8:32pm

wow great accomplishment, I really enjoyed your journey....hope to see more, now sit back and have a cold one!

Posted by Van Sutherland (exileimaging) on November 20, 2010 6:15am

Congratulations, Matty! I've really enjoyed visiting this site, and look forward to seeing many more outstanding images. Don't take too long a break!

Posted by Kaitlin on November 20, 2010 10:07pm

Congrats! I started following your blog over the summer... My mom actually told me about it because one of her friends posted your pictures on facebook lol...and she knew I like HDR photography. I had to go back and look through all the previous photos, they're all great!

Posted by ShutterRunner on November 22, 2010 12:48pm

Thanks everyone! It's been a pleasure posting pictures and receiving all of your feedback. I will post more soon!

Posted by Theaterwiz on November 27, 2010 6:54am

Nice work, congrats

Posted by Kelley Bard (Kelley Bard Photography) on November 30, 2010 3:33pm

I love your work, and have really enjoyed following your photographs! You have a good eye, don't stay away from photography for too long, ok? Good job on sticking with the daily photos, I started out that way this year but I've had to take a bit of a break from the daily postings to my photoblog :(