2012 was a big year for my photography, selling all of one kit and moving to a single body and lens set up.
The big issue I still suffer is inspiration – the desire to take pictures still does not jump at me on frequent occasions in the day like it previously did. To combat this I have come across one idea that I rather like the look of, and have developed a second idea of my own to help.
Diary of a Balcony
I live on a third floor flat overlooking the point at which two rivers join up in Ipswich. I also get a fairly good view over most of the west half of Ipswich and part of the town centre. Watching all that goes on across the river strikes me as a good opportunity to record life in a particular part of Ipswich as viewed from my balcony. Activities in rush hour, weekend mornings; football matches or queuing to get access to the utility tip. People feeding the birds, fishing or just relaxing on the river bank. Good weather, bad weather, warm weather and cold weather.
This single scene undergoes quite a few changes in the course of a day, week, month or year and I thought it would be interesting to record those opportunities.
1 Body, 1 Lens, 1 Year
This challenge was pointed out to me on Twitter here:
and I thought – what an interesting idea. However, the idea would have to be modified as I work with only digital – so 2 rolls of film it couldn’t be. Also – not keen on the ‘having to create prints’ option – so my challenge will set up as follows:
1 Body and 1 Lens = Fuji X-Pro 1 and 35mm f1.4 Lens.
Weekly picture tally to be no greater than 50 running from Monday 00:01 to 23:59 Sunday.
Best picture to posted either on blog, Flickr or 500px – haven’t decided which yet.
Pictures may be B&W or colour and may undergo some corrective processing. Artistic processing should be limited to 1 posted image per month with accompanying info on what processing has been undertaken.
That’s as things stand at the moment – I’ve still got a few weeks to work out the details so watch this space…