52 pictures in one year – one every week – doesn’t sound like a challenge these days… Yet, it was one of the best things I did so far.
Great learning experience, esp. with the weekly interval allowing for training and experiments. Some self-chosen ‘assignments’ like my first wedding shoot took me weeks of prep and post – and made my heart pump – what if I mess up? Some came in more easy… Some are just good memories… Only few ‘had’ to be posted just because of the weekly deadline.
The whole thing made me dig deeper. Asking strangers to take their pictures, overcoming the one or the other fence, getting friends with security personnel, cutting out extra time on business travel along with ‘schlepping’ 45 lbs of equipment…
But all this wouldn’t be the same without a community to share. Seeing the first views coming in and then getting the ‘mental relief’ of some comments and ‘favs’. After all we expose us here in quite personal ways, close to our hearts, putting our creativity and aspirations openly on the table… After a couple of month getting the feeling of a small community you really follow and connect with. Getting to know the individual styles of everyone, waiting for their weekly or daily posts, reading their stories behind the pics… Some do their 365 / 52 projects like clockwork – I found myself getting concerned about their wellbeing if I didn’t see their shots… A global photo club – I really liked that and I am really proud to got connected to so different people with a shared interest.
Special thanks to:
lighthack You talked me into that thing 😉
ajbrusteinthreesixfive Never ending stream of creativity! And whatever you decide on with your 365 – I hope you keep posting what you are up to – always interesting!
djwtwo Lighting expert – just his recipes can top his photos
"Daz" Thank you for hosting the most liberal P52 group in flickr! Not to critique the others – just felt at home in your group.
davidwilliamreed Congrats to the most complete Georgia stream and an expert in waterfalls. It was great meeting you and I always love to see your pictures!
Thuyhn Thank you Thuy for all your comments and encouragement. You are truly ‘Mr. 135mm’ – admire your work.
Travellin’Girl Congrats to a great kids P52 and a very unique style – thank you for all your comments and encouragement!
Thank you Dave Stocking, Jamarem, belincs, bluedeltic2011, Nadine Bekavak, ekkiPics, baltibob, Wolfy G1, scott allan photoArt, Sharon Meyer for all your comments and critiques through the whole year – Of course as well everyone who ever took time to comment or fav as well as to all the other groups I posted in. Tried to catch all you guys on the ‘people in this photo’ 😉 – Thank you.
But most of all thanks to my wife and my kids for giving me so much leeway and time. Thank you for letting me live my ‘fantasies’….
What’s next? Don’t know yet specifically. I started photography with the goal in mind to do nice family pictures, I like to shot people and I will continue to do that. Probably people in and around stuff they like to do – families, people going after their business, guys and their hobbies… Subjects, that have a chance to end up in a frame on a wall and provide lasting memories…
Taking a camera on my business travels – a habit I will continue – maybe not always with full gear 😉
A ‘100 strangers projects’ would be something interesting and a challenge.
However, knowing that our next year will be way more time constraint than 2013 – a continuation of a P52 in the current form is unlikely – maybe more a diary.
Whatever happens: It was great meeting you and I wish you all the best, esp. all the ones who continue their P52 or even P365 – I clearly admire your persistence!!! We’ll stay in touch 😉
Strobist: Tried to get the classic Rembrandt lighting. So one gridded octobox from camera right. Elinchrom DX4.
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