I’m drawn to the notion of convergence. Of combining interests in a unique manner to help spark creativity, to ease your way out of a slump, to solve problems in new ways. It’s common advice in photographic circles that developing personal projects can help sharpen your skills and, if needed, reinvigorate your passion. So, I’ve been giving this some thought.
The idea is simple for the photographer: take something (outside of photography that is) that interests you and then conduct a photo essay on that subject. Hook up two disparate passions and see what happens when sparks fly. Makes sense.
So, I’ve been reading about photographers’ personal projects and come up with quite the list. On that list:
- One image each day that tells “the story” of that day
- The slow and painful rebuilding of a still earthquake and poverty fractured Haiti
- The plight of albinos in Tanzania (where they are considered “zero zero”, i.e., worth less than animals) but whose body parts are valuable in various medicinal brews, making their lives a terrible challenge
- Macro photographs of snowflakes
- Architectural and cultural decay
- Remnants of 1950s and 1960s America
- Images that convey hope and optimism
- Images that depict despair and suffering
- Document everything within one set hour of a given day
- The beauty that lies within your own backyard
I’m resolving to pursue a personal project or two in the coming year and so I thought I’d throw the question out to 2 Guys Photo visitors to see if you have tackled your own personal project. Do tell by using the comments section below (under “Leave a reply”) to let us know what you’re up to. And in the coming weeks, I’ll let you know about my own personal project.