I've been following 823 for a while now, as a fan and supporter. I couldn't miss the opportunity to now be a contributor.
You had 1 roll, 36 shots. Being confident and trusting that you captured an individual in just a few shots so that you can save shots for others was something that even by the end of the project I still had reservations about.
The people that populate our lives, our "neighbors", are easy to overlook. But to photograph them, meant I had to see them. To acknowledge them. For the duration of the project, I felt just a little bit more present with everyone. I try carrying that feeling with me currently too.
People of varying degrees of intimacy, but all that have touched my life in someway. From my 90+ year old grandmother, to the chef at the ramen shop near my office. Some I've known my whole life, some I met the day I took their photo. But presently, they're all people that cross my mind from time to time, and at least for the moment where I was in their presence, I crossed theirs too. To be mindful of their presence in my life and acknowledge them, I made sure to take their photograph.
I inherited the Leica I shot all the photos on from my father. The camera is almost as old as I am (still keep the original receipt in my camera bag). My father stopped using it long ago. He's gotten older himself and isn't able to see or experience the places I go to or the people I meet. And now that I've moved away from home to the other side of the globe, shooting with this camera is the closest I have to taking him along with me and sharing the people/places I photograph. This project made me realize that and I'm thankful for it.