Having decided to start on a #365 #photography project in December may have been a bit counter-intuitive, on reflection. Not only is this a ridiculously busy time of year (for anyone), but it's possible not the best time of year to indulge in what is, let's be honest, a somewhat solitary and introspective activity.
Having got off to a rather haphazard start, I'm slowly managing to make/take at least one image a day and I'm realising, in the process, that I've missed practising my craft on a daily basis. I've also realised just how rusty I am after so many months of not working every day - in fact, can I even call myself a photographer after such a long period of inactivity? Does one need to shoot every day to trully call themselves a photographer, or is it good to step away from something if one just isn't "feeling it"? Thoughts on a postcard, please!
I'm hoping that as I continue with this challenge, I will become better at managing my time and workflow (translation: get better at juggling the-rest-of-my-life and my work, and procrastinate less), and that I will get a better idea of who I am as photographer. To keep myself motivated, I'll be setting myself regular mini-challenges, from trying different techniques and genres (although always #streetphotography is, and always will be, my first love). If you have any suggestions for topics or techniques you've found fun/challenging/interesting, I'd love to hear from you.
To paraphrase a cliché, if it is about the journey and not the destination, then I hope that having started at some random point on the calendar will have little bearing on what the next 12 months will reveal. It will no doubt be a tough journey, given the commitment it requires, and I suspect there will be a few bumps along the way, contrasting moments of ennui with enthusiasm, fear with frivolity, but hopefully I'll reach day 366 having learned loads and had some fun en route.
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Lynda Higgs is a Fine Art Photographer specialising in Street and Travel Photography. She has lived and travelled in diverse cultures over the last 20 years, and currently lives in vibrant Glasgow, Scotland, with her husband and young daughter.
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