I do like a list. No, I mean I really like a list. I have notebooks filled with lists. Lists of books I want to read, lists of photographic locations I want to visit, lists of presents to buy, ideas, thoughts, general ramblings, lists of everything I may need to know at some indeterminate point in the future. This year I am going to cross off some of those photographic items.*
Some of my favourite shots of 2018 were where I just picked up the camera on a whim and shot whatever I felt like. I stretched myself a little too, shooting genres I don’t normally go anywhere near. Most notably, the local 10k race in my home town. Having done it once, I’d really like to do it again. I also finished a long term project for a client in the Middle East, photographing the UK city she grew up in. Her husband wrote me a lovely note saying how much her face lit up when she opened up the prints.
So, what of 2019 Dear Readers? Well… I have a very long list. The first is to plan this blog a little more carefully. At the moment, you tend to get a stream of consciousness, where I write whatever I feel like each week. I am clearly not James Joyce**, and so a little more structure wouldn’t go astray. Whilst I love my camera gear, and like to understand how it works, I am not into writing tech reviews, there are others that do that much better than I ever could.. Instead, I want to start writing about how I approach my photography. Why I take the shots I take, and hopefully give you some ideas to mull over.
As for a shooting plan, I would really, really like to finish my Monopoly project this year. I kept trying to get this done in 2018, but time to get into London was pretty scarce. We will see how I go. I have also booked a couple of workshops, one of which is with a photographic hero of mine. When I first started taking photos, I was given one of his books which I adored looking at and hoped to replicate his work. I will try not to make an idiot of myself…***
Of course, all this planning may go down the drain as soon as work starts back up again, and life throws curve balls, as it is want to do. At any rate, I intend to get out and about with my camera every spare moment I can muster.
What are your plans for the new photographic year? Anyone doing a 365 project? Tackling a new genre? Doing a project? Let me know in the comments!
* Sadly, unless I win the lottery, that won’t include the purchase of a Fuji GFX medium format camera. Yes, the purchase of a GFX is on a list of “What to do When I Win the Lottery” ideas…
** I can hear you all breathing a sigh of relief. A photographic version of Ulysses would be a bit much in my opinion.
*** In other words, leave the lens cap on, fall over, or drop my camera…