365°

I'm Ege. I'm 20 and I live in Istanbul. I'm a med student, an amateur photographer and a very, very heavy-sleeper. Correction: a plane-missing heavy sleeper (see 84°)

This year I decided to take a picture a day for 365 days, so I figure out stuff I've yet to figure out - well also have fun along the way.

I call my little project: three - six - five degrees

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365°. Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do - Mark Twain

So I really am glad to have done this project (although with a bit of a delay in the end). I started out thinking it would be a piece of cake to post one photo each day - despite the warnings; needless to say that wasn’t quite the case. There were times when I wondered what I’d got myself into, and the odd occasion(well, to be fair the not-so-odd occasion) when I really couldn’t be bothered to take a shot. On the whole though, it’s just been simply an amazing experience for me, and I would highly recommend anyone thinking of doing a 365 project to start as soon as possible.

From the start, the project was mostly about documenting my life. In addition though, I really wanted to put my best forward and share it with everyone, and I do feel I have achieved that. I feel that I’ve assembled  a body of work that I can be proud of for years to come. I did my best to be creative and tried pass along a little bit of what I’ve learned along the way.

Since I started this project:

  • I’ve taken 15,798 shots!
  • I’ve found a compelling love for the 18mm focal length.
  • I’ve learnt a lot about digital photography
    (and along the way also became passionate about analog photography)
  • I’ve met a lot of nice people in real life, and also on the internet (for the most part on Tumblr and HitRecord)
  • I’ve become a big fan of Web 2.0

Oscar Wilde said “Quotation is a serviceable substitute for wit” and that was actually why and how I started to use quotations on my posts but soon after I realized it became much more significant a part of this project. Quotations became a means for me to aid in my aim of story telling, completing each picture, emphasizing its theme, and they usually explained the pictures better than I ever could have with my own words.

Lastly I’d like to thank everyone who followed my blog, who has ever posed or side-stepped or in any way helped me out along the way. I can clearly say you’ve all been a great inspiration.

go xkcd!

I’ve never been a big fan of good-byes (well in fact, I do intend to repeat this project sometime so this isn’t an actual good-bye) so I’ll just repeat the brilliant English poet John Gay’s words: “We only part to meet again”

-E

364°. If a dog will not come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience - Woodrow Wilson

Only 1 more to go!

363°.  A photograph is usually looked at, seldom looked into - Ansel Adams

362°. The breaking of a wave cannot explain the whole sea - Vladimir Nabokov

361°. Sometimes I feel so sick at the state of the world I can’t even finish my second apple pie - Banksy

360°. People were right when they say there is no other place on earth as beautiful looking as Istanbul - François-René de Chateaubriand

359°. The sun is but a morning star - Henry David Thoreau

358,5°. All sparks will burn out in the end

This video here is for the song All Sparks by Editors who was at Efes Pilsen One Love Festival where I took the last two photos I’ve posted here (see 357° and 358°). Despite my futile attempts, they didn’t play this song. The concert, and all the others as well, were amazing though. It really was great being able to see groups like Cake, Manic Street Preachers, Editors, Suede together in a single festival. Looking forward to next year’s festival already.

It seems I’ve only 7 posts left to go. I’ll only say beforehand that it’s been one hell of a ride and I’d like to thank everyone for their support.

Hope everyone’s having a nice week,

E

PS In case you’re interested, here’s also two posts about last year’s festival: 60° and 61°

358°. A concert is not a live rendition of our album. It’s a theatrical event - Freddie Mercury