After a year of posting a single 35mm photo each day, I have decided to bring Aloneliness to somewhat of an end. This project has been extremely rewarding and I sincerely thank everyone who followed my work, promoted the blog, sent forth encouraging messages or stopped me on the street to chat about photography. It will always boggle my mind that Aloneliness earned 35,000 page views by visitors from close to 75 countries in just a year’s time. However, the greater achievement was befriending some of you along the way and learning about your work. To me, it’s what makes social media so exceptional. Namely, sharing content, building relationships and taking inspiration from each other’s work.
So why shut it down? Well, it had nothing to do with waning interest or running out of content (with 14,000 photos on file I could’ve run Aloneliness in the same manner for another 38 years). Truthfully, I just wanted to end one project so I could start another one (simply because I wanted to shake things up on my end and prioritize newness over routine). As such, I’ve decided to launch War of Spoils; a new blog (which goes live on August 22nd) that will feature polaroids I shot between August 1998 and January 2007. Like Aloneliness, it will be updated each day for an entire year.
In addition, I’ve also launched a new website that features a new portfolio, all my photo essays, free downloads and an estore where you can purchase Titleless (which is my new, limited edition zine series).
Aloneliness isn’t necessarily dead as I will be posting work here from time to time (just with noticeably less frequency than what you’re accustomed to). I’m unsure what type of platform Aloneliness will become. All I know is that it’s my platform for posting lone photos but I’m unsure what type of photos those will be from here on in.
Thanks for both a rewarding year and helping me breathe new life into work that was previously shelved away from the public eye. Best regards, Ben Pobjoy