365 Days is a collection of 365 postcard-size images, one for each day of a year (2005), which were exhibited in Bakker’s home, online and in book form.
365 Days is a visual diary of one year of his life in London (and beyond). By the end of each day he selected a photograph to represent that day, which was consequently filed with the relevant factual information including the date, time, location and postcode.
The photographs were exhibited postcard-size in his flat, which had been turned into a temporary gallery space.
The project received international coverage and Time Out (London) magazine included all 365 photographs in one edition (24 June 2006). Consequently, it kick-started numerous 365 Days style projects around the world.
Time Out Arts Critics' Choice April 26-May 3 2006: ‘365 Days represented through 365 photographs – from reindeer antlers abandoned in Soho through a broken umbrella in Trafalgar Square to Alison Lapper on her plinth – Bakker’s celebration of life in London is a delight.’
365 Days: exhibition overview
Sarah Kent writes in the introductory essay Close Encounters in the book of 365 Days: ‘Roelof Bakker is not attempting some kind of philosophical resume, yet no matter whether you believe that your encounters and your very life are gifts from God, or merely the result of happenstance, 365 Days encourages you to ponder those moments that you didn’t record and didn't even bother to experience fully...365 Days presents life as a series of fortuitous happenings – as beautiful as the chance encounter of a photographer and a broken umbrella in a London square – images, that seen together acquire an almost surreal intensity.’