365 HIKES: EP1 / by chris miele

Nothing but a winter illusion.  Riverfront, Detroit.

365 HIKES - AMBITIOUS, BUT WHY THE HELL NOT. 

What began as a solution to cure my need for mental and physical exercise has morphed, shape-shifted, and forged into a commitment.  Ever seeking the magic of an experiment, I want to study the results of adhering to something simple and attainable, such as a daily hike.  From there I want to see how the chaos processor known as daily life influences the endeavor.  As any scientist working in their lab knows, accurate results are found by defining metrics, creating evaluations, and implementing variables.  Therefore I've crafted a project with these metrics: 365 hikes, each encompassing as least 1 mile in distance or 60 minutes in duration.  Evaluations prompting further stories will be monthly, and daily variables known as life will remain a constant.  Schedules will be set and broken, focus will strengthened, and stamina will be tested.  Habits, rituals, and diligence will all be redefined.  Can I do it?

 Measuring winter's angles of light transmission.  Downtown Detroit.

Measuring winter's angles of light transmission.  Downtown Detroit.

Leave the light on for guests.  North Corktown, Detroit.

 Our new backyard.  Corktown, Detroit.

Our new backyard.  Corktown, Detroit.

CHOICES THAT DEFINE A LIFESTYLE.

My choice of utilizing photography to make my living is as freeing as it is challenging.  Rewards such as open air offices can't be wasted.  Enjoying a fresh new desk space for the price of a cappuccino and cookie, those are the dividends of this lifestyle and further reasons why I'm committing to this project.  To take advantage of all the pleasantries that are balanced by the uncertainty of creating for a living.  Benefits that if squandered, could suppress chances for experimentation and growth.  Choose to capitalize and you've harnessed a tool to further sculpt what professional life IS and CAN be. 

 Always a great bounce card.  Corktown, Detroit. 

Always a great bounce card.  Corktown, Detroit. 

A PROJECT THAT CAN BREATHE.

I've chosen not to restrict where this project will take me.  Everyday becomes a study of human existence where the senses are sharpened and each page turn feels incredibly brand new.  Weather is redefined as daily acclimation teaches you more about your human bag of bones than previously thought possible.  Stories unfold and themes surface; prompting the chance to jump further down the rabbit hole, or to zoom and focus elsewhere.  Ideas that seem murky upon inception will pass through the mind's sub-conscious filter daily, allowing for crystal clear downloads to be realized weeks or even months on.  Primitive lessons of our earthly existence; the sun's seasonal stance or the the moon's current phase, are reinforced everyday.  A master class in understanding the consciousness of day to day life, this will be a year well spent. 

Better A?

 Better B?

Better B?

Nice fade.  Southwest, Detroit.

CHECK OUT WEEK 1 & 2
1.1.18   -   1.14.18