The End

Day 365...so this is the end. I remember the day I started 365. I had heard about the 365 project before and typed it into google, the 365project was the first thing that popped into google. After a quick browse, I asked myself-why not? And so the journey began, little did I know what big of an impact it would have on my life.

I had always been interested in photography, and ever since I got my DSLR, I loved experimenting and capturing the beauty around us. But I never really pushed myself to delve further into photography-more of the art of photography. So when I started my 365 project, I told myself that I was really going to try not only improve my photography skills, but really create art with photography. However, I had no idea how far this project would take me, but I tried anyway. After posting my first photo, people began commenting and I got followers immediately. So I started browsing through other people’s projects and got inspired. After only a week, I was 100% dedicated to the project, I saw the wonderful work of other people and how much others appreciated my work. Before I knew it, I got over 200 followers under a month. With the immense support from the wonderful community of 365, I pushed my boundaries and explored as much as I can with my camera. I remember 365 took over my entire life, it was the first thing I did when I got home from school, and I would spend as much time possible trying to come up with something new and creative. I set high bars for myself and put in as much effort as I can for every shot. To be honest, I was surprised to see what I could do with my camera. Sometimes I would wonder if I could even come up with anything new the next day. But when the next day comes, I surprised myself again. When my “watery days” shot got onto Top 20, I knew that there was so much more to photography for me. Slowly, I began to discover my own “style”. People would often comment that they loved the softness and dreaminess of my photos. I realized that I have always been sort of a dreamer, and I wanted to capture the beauty in the smallest things that surrounds us. Over time, I could feel that photography was becoming my own. How every shot was composed, how every detail was edited, I made sure it reflected myself. I fell in love with photography even more, and I was constantly inspired by the work of others.

I also remember the first day I missed a day on 365. I remember days where I would feel unhappy with my work. That’s when I learned that the project wasn’t as easy as I thought. You can’t always get the “perfect” shot, but everyone has those days. Then came senior year. I knew it was going to be difficult to balance my school life, social life and photography life, but I had no idea how much! I was unhappy with my work more frequently, began losing followers and there were days where I just felt like giving up. But I kept reminding me how much 365 meant to me and how happy it made me. So I continued. Even if I had to use a couple of fillers, I kept going.

And so here I am now. 365 days. 365 photos. 365 days of learning. 365 days of inspiration. 365 days of growth. Thank you so much everyone, for making all this possible for me. I have grown so much as a photographer and feel so grateful to have met all of you. Without your continuous support and words of encouragement, I wouldn’t be here right now. I have finally found my identity as a photographer and I know photography will always be something that is mine, a way to express myself.
(I remember when I posted my first photo, I had just came back from the graduation of the previous graduating class, and if felt like ages before it would be my turn. Guess what? A year has passed and it’s finally my turn! I will be taking a break from the 365 project because I need to focus on my final exams, and then relax from my 12 long (but very short) years of school. But I will definitely be back for year 2! For now, I will post any new photos on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/JuliaKanPhotography SEE YOU ALL REAL SOON!)
Congratulations on photo number 365! You have always been one of my favourite photographers and your work has been so inspirational. I look forward to seeing you return after your break. Fav!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations Julia!
posted April 19th, 2013  
congrats on your 365 - great job
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congrats and wonderful photo! Love your style and photography!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations, great project, love this last image.
posted April 19th, 2013  
congrats Julia, a beautiful year, happy to seen you for a second one !
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations big time! Here's to a fabulous future - may all your dreams come true. Good luck with the exams!!!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Oh, wow! Congrats!!!! Beautiful ending picture, too.
posted April 19th, 2013  
Many congratulations Julia, lovely write up with this final shot and a fitting way to bow out ...for now!
posted April 19th, 2013  
congratulations! such a nice and inspiring story! and love this shot! fav!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Wow! What a great story and thanks for sharing it. I just started my 365 project in March exactly like you: I had heard about it and googled it and this site came up so I joined. And, like you, I had a steady stream of excitement when I started getting comments and followers, though not as many as you :) And I, too, am here to find my "voice" and make art rather than just take photos. I have also found that the 365 community is supportive and extremely helpful. It seems I've improved light years over night!

But, I finally hit that wall. I am disappointed that it happened so quickly, but it's due to the fact that I'm getting married in June and am planning a wedding in another city and looking for jobs in that city as I prepare to move. So recently, I must admit I am using "fillers" taken a while ago but I am at least forcing myself to edit them that same day in Lightroom, since I just got that software. In this way, I feel I am staying true to 365.

My favorite thing about 365, like you, is access to so much inspiration; work by people just like us (although spread across all different levels of practice). It's amazing to think that each of us go out daily to take a photo (and maybe do some processing), log on to upload, and then browse everyone else's work! It's so cool to peer into daily moments in strangers' lives and study how they communicate thoughts, emotions, and, of course, sights!

Good luck with finals and we hope you come back to 365 really soon!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations! Wonderful story and perfect shot!! I will miss your photos!
posted April 19th, 2013  
It has been fantastic to follow you! You have so much talent and the world ahead of you! Congratulations!!!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Many congratulations - lovely shot!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations!! I love your style. Looking forward to seeing your work on Facebook.
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations - good luck with exams and hope to see you back soon.
posted April 19th, 2013  
Just starting follow you not that long ago as I joined in the beginning of this year but I find your photos amazing and you definitely have a great way of looking at the world and everything in it! Congrats on 365 and good luck on exams!
posted April 19th, 2013  
keep photoing.
love this photo
fav
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congrats!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations! beautiful end to a beautiful project!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations on your 365 Julia. Your photos are lovely. Wishing you lots of luck for your final exams. Hope you'll be back real soon.
posted April 19th, 2013  
I've loved following you. Big congrats and fav. Off to checkout your fb page.
posted April 19th, 2013  
Julia, I hope whatever dreams you have for the future are abundantly fulfilled. I would never have the opportunity to tell you face to face how much I have enjoyed following you on 365, so will say it here and now. It has been great. You are a very special young lady and an artist with a camera and I wish that every young person in the country (no, in the World) could see the beauty in life that you find about you. In the immortal words of Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, "Happy trails, to you..." wherever your life takes you.
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations Julia! Amazing shot, thats a fav from me.
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congrats on making it through. Love this shot.
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congrats, Julia! Can't wait to see more of your work!!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Wohoooo! Congrats on hitting #365! You have always been one of my favorites here! Looking forward to your year #2! Good luck on those finals!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations! You have achieved your goal and your calendar is an art book!
posted April 19th, 2013  
awww congratulations to you!! you are so talented and have such a genuine style that is totally "you". good luck with exams!!
posted April 19th, 2013  
oh and faving this
posted April 19th, 2013  
Congratulations. Job very well done!
posted April 19th, 2013  
Amazing shot! Congratulations!!!
posted April 19th, 2013  
All the best to you for the future...you are such a wonderful photographer and one of my favorites. I enjoyed your photos everyday and you inspired me so much. Congrats on finishing 365 and will look forward to seeing your photos again!
posted April 19th, 2013  
I do hope you continue! I am on year 2, and I still love it!
posted April 20th, 2013  
Congratulations, I'm a relatively new follower as I joined in January, but I wish you all the best of luck with your final exams.
posted April 20th, 2013  
Awesome Julia, congratulations! I have really enjoyed following you and look forward to more!
posted April 20th, 2013  
You can't stop this! I'm not ordering or begging, I'm just stating what my own experience has been, and know it'll be the same for you. You'll be back for year 2, as you say, and I'll be looking forward to it. You and your photos are beautiful and wonderfully worthwhile.
posted April 20th, 2013  
Well done Julia, and what a stunning shot, I hope to still see you around for a long time.
posted April 20th, 2013  
Congrats on completing your 365 project - your album is beautiful! Congrats on the PP too! : ) fav
posted April 20th, 2013  
Congrats on your completion and congrats on the PP
posted April 20th, 2013  
Great photo. Congratulations. I wish I would have found you sooner to follow your work.
posted April 20th, 2013  
Congrats on completing year one! Your shots are always beautiful and I look forward to your return.
posted April 20th, 2013  
Congratulations!! Have enjoyed all of your photos!
posted April 20th, 2013  
Good luck, Julia! I just discovered your photo's...Be back :) I love them!!!
posted April 20th, 2013  
Well done Julia. You have had a great year and I have loved following you. See you when you get back.
posted April 21st, 2013  
yuhuuuu!!! so very well done!! i just love your photography and looking forward to see you again here soon! :)
posted April 21st, 2013  
@victorypuzzle aw thank you dominique! sorry i haven't been around too much to comment on your work, i definitely will be back! xx
posted April 21st, 2013  
@bulldog thank you!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@sparkle thank you Juliette (:
posted April 21st, 2013  
@chriswang thank you so much chris!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@aslessknownsu thank you susan!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@cocobella thank you, can't wait to be back!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@thebluegnu thank you so so much! x
posted April 21st, 2013  
@pearl888 thankyouu (:
posted April 21st, 2013  
@darrenboyj thank you darren! for now is right, i will be back!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@wind_of_the_sothern_sea thank you so much! only started following you recently, but such inspiring work, can't wait to come back!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@photoandi thank you, and so glad you are able to connect to my own story! 365 is an amazing community, with such different people from around the world connected by the magic of photography! don't feel bad about using a couple of fillers, almost everyone does! its definitely not easy balancing everything else in our lives with photography! but keep going! i cant wait to be back for year 2, see you then!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@mtpagano thank you so much michelle, dont worry, you will see me soon!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@rockinrobyn thanks robyn, what a compliment!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@boogie thanks so much!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@smithak thank youu so much!!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@lindaagne365 thank you, definitely will be back soon!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@kkolstad thank you so much, and thanks for following, even if its not for long, you will see me back real soon!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@glendq I WILL!! :D
posted April 21st, 2013  
@puffy thank you!!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@hopess13 thank you rachel!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@suebarni i sure will be back! thank you so much!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@kph129 thank you so much kristen!!x
posted April 21st, 2013  
@dauber thank you so much, your words mean so much to me! people like you push me to keep going! i will be back soon!!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@cameraholic thank you lena!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@valpak thank you valerie!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@kwind thank youu! i think you were one of first people i followed! it has been a great year! can't wait to be back!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@orangecrush thank you so much jerry! it means a lot coming from you! see you soon!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@sassik thank you so much! x
posted April 21st, 2013  
@tbats22 thank you so much tiara! x
posted April 21st, 2013  
@happysnap thank you!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@katieannb thank you katiee!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@batavia aw thank you so much april! i am touched (: i will be back soon, see you then!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@lablover76 i definitely will!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@ejlockett thank you so much!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@grizzlysghost thank you so much aaron! i absolutely love your work! cant wait to be back!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@ldedear thank you so much lee, i know i will be back! thanks for all the support you have given me! (:
posted April 21st, 2013  
@leananiemand you will be! thank you so much!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@rennes thanks so much lisa! x
posted April 21st, 2013  
@sailingmusic thank youu!!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@libertylady thank you! dont worry, i will be back for year 2~
posted April 21st, 2013  
@cmuir1963 thank you so much cindy!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@scooter thank you so much!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@stimuloog thank you so much! i definitely will be back!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@kjarn thanks so much kathy! see you soon!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@agentzuckerguss yesyesss! thank you so much lisa, you have always given me so much support, mean a lot!! x
posted April 21st, 2013  
@juliakan you´re welcome! :D but lisa? :D who´s lisa? ;)
posted April 21st, 2013  
Wonderful ending to an amazing first year! I have so enjoyed following you and have loved seeing your dreamy images! Congratulations on completing this first year and I look forward to seeing what year 2 holds in store for you! In the meantime, all the best for your upcoming exams! xx
posted April 21st, 2013  
@agentzuckerguss thats embarassing...haha i have a german friend called lisa, i think you just really remind me of her? sorry sorry KATIA! :D
posted April 21st, 2013  
@aleksandra thank you so much aleksandra! you were one of the first people i followed and i have gotten so much inspiration from your work! can't wait to be back for year 2!
posted April 21st, 2013  
@juliakan :D :D nevermind my dear! x
posted April 21st, 2013  
Aww. Pretty.
posted April 21st, 2013  
Wonderful, your last one will be a fav :-) Congratulations!
posted April 21st, 2013  
beautiful number 365 photo, fav
posted April 21st, 2013  
this is amazing, deserved pp
posted April 21st, 2013  
Congratulations on completing this exciting journey, Julia! I am glad you'll be around! Excellent photo for the last day! Fav
posted April 21st, 2013  
@miley89 thanks miley (:
posted April 22nd, 2013  
@mijade thanks so much aurelie!
posted April 22nd, 2013  
@mrsb1980 thank you rebecca!
posted April 22nd, 2013  
@demmie thank you so much!
posted April 22nd, 2013  
@velina thanks so much velina! i have loved following you this year, you are such an inspiration! (:
posted April 22nd, 2013  
Really lovely - fav for me
posted April 22nd, 2013  
wow... great story... and adore you final picture... take care and will look forward to your return.. FAV for today!
posted April 22nd, 2013  
@juliakan Good! :O))))
posted April 22nd, 2013  
Well done on the 365. I am going to browse through the year...you've some great shots, I look forward to seeing more soon hopefully. Good luck with your break!
posted April 22nd, 2013  
Wonderfully done! Congrats on a job well done!
posted April 22nd, 2013  
Congratulations Julia and I wish you all the best for finals. Your photography is beautiful and its been wonderful to view your pics.
posted April 25th, 2013  
A belated congratulaions - a wonderful final photo.
posted April 28th, 2013  
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