Homebound (by Xin Lí)
So this is it. A project that was supposed to last for one year, lasted for one year and four months. I’m finishing this at the age of nineteen. I was seventeen when I started. Better late than never, right?
I started this project because I wanted to grow as a photographer and to learn. And I did. I remember thinking working with a time limit every week would be very hard for me to do, and it was (balancing school and social life). At some point so much happened around me that I had to skip every second week and I felt so bad about that. There were days I just wanted to lay in bed and do nothing because I was so uninspired and hated everything I created, and days when everything worked out and I got exactly what I had in mind on my memory card. On those good days, I am smiling on my way home.
This year (and four months) I’ve spent a huge amount of hours trying to come up with ideas, setting up things and shooting. Sometimes I think I’m crazy for thinking that stealing all the keys from my parent’s house to use them as props, trying to shoot at 2 am in the middle of nowhere and almost setting the piano on fire was worth it. Then I think again, and I still think it’s worth it.
This project have been completely dominated by self-portraits. The reason for that is not because of egoism or narcissism. I answered this question in an interview once, I said : It’s about being as personal as possible. I want to express something, and I want you to feel close to it. Another reason for why I’m doing self-portraits is for the sake of documenting. Each piece reminds me of how I was at that point in my life and I think I will appreciate it later.
This marks the end of my 52 weeks project, but not me as a photographer. I love photography more than I love anything else in this world, and I will continue as normal after this. I also want to try shooting with film. And to make videos. And to travel more. See more. Shoot more.
Even with the four extra months, I think I accomplished what I wanted to accomplish with this. I want to thank all of you who have given me your support through this project and for cheering on me, even on my worst days. It doesn’t matter if you started following me a long time ago or yesterday. Thank you for all the messages I’ve gotten, for the comments, for looking through my work and everything. Thank you so much.
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