What a great project this has been! Back in December, Martin and I asked you to participate in a project termed “Shoot Yourself.” We've had some great participation and I've had the opportunity to see a lot of new faces in this faceless world of the Web.
So here are all of the project entries, organized randomly. Additionally, the randomness will update every few minutes so don't be surprised if these are out of order the next time you come back! I hope this works in the feed, but if you're not seeing any photos just come on over to the site. I did this to give everybody that participated an equal chance at getting some exposure. So enjoy! And there's more discussion below the pics.
WHY IS THIS SO COOL?
As I mentioned in the project announcement, we tend to hide behind our blogs or our Flickr profiles. We constantly share our photographic works and insights, but many of our onlookers have no idea what we look like. This project was intended to encourage you to open yourself up a bit and become more personal to your fans and friends.
I'm really impressed with the level of creativity displayed here. No two photos are even close to being the same, and some of these had a lot of thought and effort put into them. Most of us may not be portrait photographers, but some of you could fool me into thinking so. You guys did awesome with this one!
A few of the entries were self portraits from the past that met the criteria of the project, but many of these photos were new and they were taken for the purpose of the project. It was great to see the participants passing on word of the project, and we wouldn't have had half as many entries without the help of those photographers listed above.
As Martin and I cooked up this project idea, our first intent was to connect all the photography bloggers out there. But then we decided to open it up to other photographers using Flickr and other photo-sharing sites. This was a great change of intent, and (as you can see) we had a lot of extra participation from these folks.
SO WHAT'S NEXT?
First, get up there and start checking out these photographers. If you're looking for some new resources on photography, look through the “Blogger Faces” section. If you're looking to connect with other photo-sharing photographers, look through the “Photo-Sharing Faces” section.
For those who participated (especially the bloggers), I'll be sending you the project photos and several versions of the code for the project listing. It's not required, but you're welcome to repost some or all of the project entries and share them with your readers. You could show off your favorite captures, your favorite people, or even the entire list if you want.
As for me, I'll be taking a short break before hosting the next Epic Edits project — and by short, I mean that I'll be announcing it on January 21st. So stay tuned!