I’ll admit it. One of the negative effects of that photo-a-day-for-a-year thing I did, ending last August, was that it kinda burned me out… artistically speaking. I’ve been a terrible photographer lately. In fact, I went on vacation and only took my point-and-click camera, and even with that took more videos than photos.
But, as I tend to do come December each year, I’ve started to get all mushy-feely about the New Year. It’s like it’s a mental condition or something. the “R” word just floats into my head and until I start writing about — waxing poetic about — all the great things I want to do starting January first, resolution or otherwise, it hangs there making me feel guilty.
In other words, following the last picture in my daily photo deal I’ve had about four months of vying for the title of laziest photographer ever. And that’s gotta change in January.
Rather than scatter-shot it or do another fire-hose-like project a’la last year, I think I want 2013 to be the year of the focused effort. I’d like to do some projects, but I’d like them to be meaningful and produce something valuable (at least to me) at the end of it. Rather than conclude a project with a gush of random pictures, I want there to be some kind of project that provides something useful. I want to do something both epic, but moderately practical.
Some ideas… and I haven’t settled on anything yet.
1) Documenting my daughter in some focused way. This might be a frequently updated portrait, or a series of some kind. Again, I’m hesitant to just to a head-shot-a-day or something so fire-hose-like. But to capture her as she goes through her school, etc.
2) Photos to support my blogging. I write a lot of content and having great photos supports that. But I’ve been so random about how I grab those. If it looks planned or ordered… well, ha ha… fooled you.
3) A goofy subject. I’ve always wanted to do that “travelling gnome” photo thing, where I get some kind of pocket-sized toy that goes around the world with you, posing in odd-locales. I did it with the Random Feets thing, but it dwindled. Thoughts?
4) A theme with a purpose. Don’t know what this could be, but it seems to have gravity just writing it.
5) A “where I live” kind of effort. I do a lot of this living, but could I focus that more? Or find a more tangible subject.
6) Combining my photography with my running. And this might just mean getting a better pack to carry my camera around when I go out somewhere to run, pulling it out for some epic shots of the year-in-training. I am considering a marathon this year, after all… why not document it in photos?
Feel free to comment, amend, support, or offer suggestions. I’ll narrow in on something as the year draws to a close…