Probably my most consistent piece of advice I offer when people asked me how to improve their photography is to undertake a project. There are several different options out there, from a 30 day challenge where you receive a theme a day to photograph to the P52 photograph a week to the 365 project where you make and post one photograph a day for a whole year.
My first foray into the photography project world was several years ago when I took part in a 365 project - while taking a photograph every day proved quite a challenge while i was still getting myself accustomed to the early days of motherhood, it also proved to be an amazing year for my photography and I learned so very much.
Art never stands still, and as such, the desire to grow and develop doesn't die once you've moved your photography skills into the professional domain. I continually strive to learn new methods, critique my work and challenge my perspective. I've rarely, if ever, stumbled upon a photographer who fell into this field without a burning passion for capturing the light, and so this development is driven not only by professional necessity but also by a yearning for personal growth. These days my photography project preference lies with a 52 week project... an opportunity to carefully ponder a weekly theme before putting it to action and making a memory. Last year I took part in the My 4 Hens P52, frequented by amateurs and pros alike, an inspiring set of participants with a friendly forum and above all an acceptance that you may skip a week here and there when your professional commitments or general hectic of daily life takes over. This year, again, I have decided that I will take part in this same project.
So here we are, kicking off week 1 with the theme 'Fresh'.
1/52: Fresh - clean, crisp and twice as nice with a freshly cut slice.
It took me a while to work out where I was going with this - maybe it's just the new year thing, maybe I'm in a bit of an artistic funk but then it struck me that all my ideas were just feeling a bit overly complex or cluttered for a theme like fresh.
I was all set with my limes for my 'fresh' submission this week, and then this happened.... can't really get much fresher than my squeaky clean boy, still covered in suds.