On July 26, 2010, while at Goddard College I began my 365 days of photographs project. Each day I snapped at least one photo that I selected to share on my website www.chad365.com. The photo project proved to be very interesting, as it is forced me to slow down. The project required me to spend a few minutes on myself, doing something that I wasn’t being made to do, something that I am now committed to doing.
I don’t consider any of the photographs masterpieces, some turned out pretty good, some not so good. Some of the pictures work, some do not. What surprises me is that I am able to speak about each picture like it happened today. Before this project I would not have been able to tell you what happened three days ago, let alone a week or five weeks ago. The project allowed me to tell my story long after I would have forgotten it. Initially I was going to take all of the photos using my digital SLR camera but I decided that I to use my iPhone, with its limited capabilities and focused on framing, lighting and content.
Through my studies at Goddard, I felt, what I think a lot of people my age feel, that maybe the life I was living was not the life I dreamed of when I was 20 or 15. I’d freak out a little when I realized things like: “I am aging and getting older. I still have all of this stuff that I still haven’t figured out”. The process of this project made me less sure of myself somehow. For the first time, I was seeing so much about my life that I did not realize before.
In the beginning, I wanted to find a way to be more in the moment, to be more in every day; to understand time more and to understand my life more, to have more memories -- all of these things. Basically, I wanted to live more richly in my personal life, not just in my work life. For this project, I was really interested in thinking about life itself as a creation, as a story that I was only beginning to write.