Thursday, 27 January 2011

The Final Countdown!

"We're leaving together But still it's farewell And maybe we'll come back To earth, who can tell?"
No no no ! Not THAT final countdown! I'm about to dive head first into a new project. I'm a wannabe photographer, I took a photography course some 20 years ago and have dabbled ever since. Except, the problem is I've never dabbled enough. Flashforward 20 years and I'm still taking snapshot photographs with very little attention to detail. We're talking telegraph poles growing out of heads, noisy cluttered backgrounds in perfect crystal clarity focus and just clumsy and , dare I say it, downright lazy photography !

Recently my camera(s) have been sitting on the shelf unused, gathering dust. They only ever get taken out on day trips away and then the resulting shots are usually consigned straight to the recycle bin on my return. I need to take more photographs and fewer snapshots.

I'm not a great photographer, I'm not even a good photographer but I am (or at least I was) a keen photographer and all I lack is motivation. I have vast quantities of inertia which I need to shed.

To this end (and to the point!) I'm starting a mammoth photography project in which I aim to take one photograph every day for a whole year. I have no idea if I'll manage it or not or if I'll get bored a few months/weeks/days in. However I am going to at least TRY my best to finish this. 

I'm going to be "multi-blogging" this. I'll be posting my personal experiences of the project here, I'll be posting the actual photographs themselves on Flickr and I'll be getting support and feedback from a number of forums I'm a member of and no doubt there'll be cross posting and linking a plenty.  This isn't an ego thing, the more people I have following this, the more likely I am to continue.

I'm not expecting any GREAT photography, no book deal at the end, no private exhibition at the Tate modern, no interviews on prime time TV. This is a purely personal project for me , to motivate me, to explore photography, to develop a style and, hopefully, over the course of the year see some marked improvement in my abilities. 

It's going to be a fun, scary, tiring and difficult year but I hope, with your assistance, to get through it and have something to show for it at the end.

D-day (or perhaps more appropriately P-Day) starts 1st February 2010. I should have started on the 1st of Jan but by the time I realised I wanted to do this it was already half past January ! 

Here's to a good year of photography !!