Over the past few years I’ve had several people tell me that they like my photos. To be honest, I don’t get it. I don’t think that I have an eye or whatever and mostly I feel that these people are just being kind.

What I do know is that I like taking pictures, I long for a creative output and that I don’t actually end up picking up the camera very often. I decided that I needed a change. I needed a constant creative output. I need to pick up my camera, take pictures and challenge myself on the regular. But how? Why?

I decided that I wanted to do a 365 photo project (where you take and post 1 picture every day for a year) but I had a hard time deciding what the subject matter should be. Should I pick a theme? Should I just post one random picture every day?

I looked through several 365 projects and decided that the ones that interested me the most where when the subject matter only dealt with one person. My favorites of those were self-portrait projects. My problem though was that I don’t like how I look. I never have. I don’t think that I photograph well and the thought of other people evaluating the way that I look just gives me the shivers.

I guess that’s why, ultimately, I decided to do a 365 day photo project focused entirely around myself on the end of the camera I don’t enjoy. This project is meant to help me grow, to face my fears, and to force myself to be creative on both sides of the camera for an entire year. By undertaking this project, I hope to confront my fears of how I am perceived publicly while also forcing myself to take a single point of focus and constantly trying to creatively attack the subject matter in a way that will be revealing but not boring to anyone that might want to follow my journey into photographic self-discovery.

So I’m doing a self-portrait a day for 365 days. Hopefully it should be pretty cool to see how my photos change from start to finish as I try to grow as both a photographer as well as a camera shy individual.

Since I am an open and free individual (as well as one who makes their living on the internet) not all the pictures that I take may be appropriate for public viewing. These will be kept private and I’m sure you understand- I just don’t want you thinking that if there is a day missing that I’ve skipped. There will be no skipping. If you see such a day and want to see the picture, just let me know and I’ll consider.. the only rule being that if I ignore your request, you can’t be upset. Some things are kept private, period. However other private moments might be glimpsed by the right person so don’t be afraid to ask.

This blog will be updated daily. If you would rather follow the series elsewhere you can check out the Greg Habermann Project 365 set on Flickr.

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