I am a project-driven person. I like projects. They give me focus. They direct me. And they prevent me from meandering off on a tangent which I am terribly prone to doing.
With photography, I am the same. I need something to guide me, push me and orient me. To some, this may seem at odds with the creative process, but for me, it actually helps me to explore my creativity. By confining me I am forced to break free.
My best photographs to date, in my opinion, are from my first trip to Southeast Asia. I had given myself the task to come home with at least 5 photographs I can be proud of. I had enrolled myself on a day course with Nikon before I left and I spent hours poring over the settings in the hope I might ‘get’ my camera. My ‘moment’ came when I spent 2 weeks travelling in Burma, the birthplace of my paternal Grandfather. I had meticulously planned the trip so as to make the most of my limited time and with the combination of inspirational surroundings, good planning and little distraction I managed to capture some of my favourite photographs.
For this reason, I have decided to start giving myself projects to get me out of my photography lull. I hope that this will provide me with an opportunity to think about and explore my subjects in new ways as well as improving my photographic skill, which quite frankly needs dramatic improvements.
And so, for my first project, I present… Project 28. I will be taking a photograph every day for the year that I am 28 years old. I am posting them on so that I am encouraged to keep on track with my own progress, and so that others can keep me accountable to my pledge.
I know this isn’t the most original idea. I first spotted this on favourite artist of mine, Lee May Foster’s blog, and it made me realise how little I note of my everyday life. On further investigation, I discovered the 365 Project where many others are taking a photo every day of the year. I think it is a lovely way to engage with both the photographic medium and the process of storytelling/diarykeeping. I am hoping by the end of this year I will have an interesting collection of 365 photographs which will chart the highs and lows, the exciting and the mediocre and the normality of an abnormal life.
January 1st – Seeing the New Year in with an impromptu firework display using the garden furniture as stands.
We didn’t nearly set fire to the neighbours garden, nor did we quickly rush inside the house and turn the lights off.
January 2nd – Birthday Outing to the Isle of Wight where we adopted at Javan Langur called Fudge.
He likes the lady Langur’s and has three of them all to himself in there. He also has the best hairdo in the whole of the monkey kingdom.
January 7th – Lunch with my best friend. First experience of eating Sushi. It was a success and I am now a convert.
I am sure this is much to the delight of my boyfriend and other best friend too.