I’ve got it!
My new photo project!
Introducing, drum roll, big TA DA –
One Photo, One Street
So, here’s the idea.
Since last week, I’ve been ruminating about a new photo project. What to do, what to do . . .
Another online class/workshop? That would be someone else’s project, that I was invited to share.
Another 365 attempt? No, I really don’t want to do anything that involves numbering, and I don’t want to do anything forced. If I miss a sequential photo because I’ve had a shitty day in court, or I have a tummy ache, or whatever, I don’t want to feel guilty, or feel like I sandbagged my whole project. I don’t want to ever feel like I’ve fallen behind.
What about 52 weeks? Less numbers. Only one a week. Meh. In general, I think I do take at least one good photo a week, but it’s usually taken in the ordinary course of business — one of my craft projects, my dog, something around the house. Nothing that makes me stretch, or think really. Just blog illustration. No, I needed something that was going to get me out of my house, and out of my comfort zone.
Then, I started thinking of the idea of “project” not in terms of time, or numbers, or anything quantitative, but something thematic. And, I started to think about what I wanted to accomplish with the project, what I wanted to learn.
Then I thought, well, if I want to learn, I should study.
So, a study came to mind.
I’m going to study South 15th Street.
Am I all that interested in South 15th Street? Not particularly. But, here’s what I am interested in – taking the ordinary and transforming it into extraordinary.
And on any given day, on my walk to work, down 15th Street, I’ve found it all very ordinary. So ordinary in fact, I don’t see it anymore. I can be so unaware of my surroundings that sometimes, when I do get to my office, I have absolutely no recollection of my walk to work at all.
That is going to change.
I will see South 15th Street, and if you pop in and visit the blog, you will too – one photo at a time.
Only one photo. No exceptions.
My biggest fear when I go on vacation or visit my family, or whatever, is that I’m going to miss THAT shot, whether it’s because I’m not paying attention, or I’m slow getting my settings together on the camera, or I’m shaken into action, and my focus is all f’d up. So, while I’ll probably take more than one shot, I’m only going to post one shot – because the project is about getting THAT one shot.
So, my goals for this project, this study are:
-to become more aware of my surroundings, and to see beyond the ordinary, to the emotionally compelling moment, and THAT shot
-to become quicker on the draw with my settings, and my focus
– to become more comfortable taking photos on the street, maybe of strangers, gasp!
-to become a critical editor, to narrow down a series of shots to THAT shot
And how long is the project going to last?
Until it’s finished.