Inspiration. It seems I’ve been some.
I’ve also had some.
Some friend’s of mine have decided to pursue a 52 weeks project since I’ve started mine. Starla has decided that she’d like to do 52 photowalks, and focus on still life and landscape. She has the opposite problem to me – she finds it natural and easy to photography people, but difficult to photograph still life and landscapes.
Dianne is thinking of doing a 52 smiles project, taking photos of smiling people that she can scrapbook.
Her friend Joel is thinking of doing a “52 characters” project – writing a different character study each week for year.
So, my 52 week project is spreading. To be honest I got the project from digital-photography-school.com – there was a post a while ago (that I can’t find right now) about different photography projects to try for a year. Another one was a 365 project – anyone fancy doing a drawing, writing a paragraph or taking a photo every day for a year? Just think about how neat it would be to look back on a whole year of improvement and progress.
So, I was inspired, and in turn I have helped inspire others, who have helped inspire others. Inspiration is an interesting thing.
Also on the topic of inspiration – the photography gallery show and awards I went to last week. Tineke (who has gone from being someone I admire, so someone who’s photography I idolize, to someone who is becoming a mentor in my own photography) taught her “Image Expressions” course last year, over a ten month period. I signed up for it this week, it will be quicker, running in 10 weeks instead of 10 months, but I’m feeling confident.
At the gallery show her students displayed their best work from the course. It was good. Tineke also displayed some of her art prints, you can see why she’s the instructor. Her work is very good.
The show inspired me. It made me really want to take this course. It made me really want to finish my 52 photowalks project and look back on all the extra photographs I’ll have. It made me want to learn better post production and to experiment with more different techniques. Granted I’ve done pretty much everything in the “Image Expressions” course already by myself and I’m quite confident with my beginning knowledge of photography technique and technical settings. But doing these things will help me work on things I find harder (portraits and people shooting) and give me time shooting and editing to help me flex my “creative eye”.
I’ve also been inspired (yet again) by digital-photography-school. They’re running a contest (with very good prizes) that has a deceptively simple theme. The idea is to shoot 1 to 4 images, submitting 1 per week, with the theme “Life”. The winning photo does not need to be the best, or the most technically correct – it just has to best tell the story of the theme. Of course, a photographer who is more technically proficient has a better chance of capturing their vision, but it is still up to your inspiration, vision and interpretation. I have 1 photo to submit so far, but I need three more. Anyone have any suggestions or ideas?
So. Inspiration. Anyone else inspired?