Well I think it is safe to say that the start to 2021 has been a bit of a challenge on both a personal and professional level. The lockdown has meant that once again I am in the situation where I am unable to work. Wedding have been postponed again and I am not allowed clients in the studio for headshots.
The spare time I have has allowed me to move my ‘office’ back home from my new studio, in Ridgmont Heritage Centre, Station Road, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK43 0XP, and finally get around to sorting out my website so that it is all updated correctly after moving from Buckinghamshire to Bedfordshire (believe me moving home let alone a business during lockdown is not easy).
It has also meant that I have not been able to use my camera. It’s not that I have not wanted to, I want to be working behind the camera so badly. Not being able to photograph client though has left me wondering what to do. I have taken the camera out, but it seemed more as if I was just taking the camera for a walk because I don’t have a dog.
Without a client in front of me I had lost my focus. I needed something to make me think about what I was going to take photographs of.
Realising that I needed something to focus on I decided to set myself some challenges. A way to have an idea in my head of what I wanted to photograph. Reasons to look at things differently while I was out taking my camera for a walk.
Why stop there though? Why keep these challenges to myself?
Chatting to people I know on social media or the phone I realised that this feeling wasn’t just my problem. There were lots of people out there who were simply looking for something to do. Then I received a message with a link to The Luton Project, a website with walks around the local area of Luton. I looked at the range of different walks and decided that was the way to go. Rather than focusing my photography challenges on a style of photography or method, I would try to set my challenges around where people could walk in their local area.
Now I had the idea in my head I wanted challenges that could be done by anyone. Photography is meant to be fun and it shouldn’t be down to the equipment that you have. It’s about getting the image, not what the F-Stop… (a photographer would get that). I wanted challenges that a family could do together. You could take out you great big camera and tripod, or just as easily you could use your mobile phone (I for one will try and keep my DSLR in it’s bag and take out my point and shoot).
Over the next few days I will begin writing out the challenges and start posting to my blog and my Facebook Page. If you want to be the first to know about the challenges simply follow my Facebook Page or keep coming back here.
To help make the challenge more interesting I will also like to see your images. So simply share your images on social media and remember to tag me (if you are not sure on how to do this I will ask my son to put down some instructions for me).
Also, the more people involved the more fun. Share with your friends and family, or if you know a walking group get them to share about it. Let’s see how many people we can get involved.
Now go dig out your old camera or charge up your mobile phones. The first challenge will be coming tomorrow…
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