As life starts to settle back down in Cleveland, with a house closing scheduled, a month of the new job under the belt, and Tracy getting a couple interviews lined up, I am able to relax just a smidge and bring photography back into focus (pun intended). With that being the case, I figured the best way to dive in is to devote time to a project. Projects are a great way to keep yourself inspired and energized, or to re-connect if you’ve been passive for a while (which is definitely the case for me). So, how do you come up with projects? Here’s some suggestions to help light the fire:
1. Look for seasonal themes. With July 4th long weekend only a short time off now, there’s a couple easy projects right there. Fireworks, Americana, patriotism, parades, and a literal cornucopia of possibilities exist here.
2. Look for local nuances. Having lived in Colorado for 5 years, I was pretty far form any substantial bodies of water for a while. Now that I am in Cleveland, the idea of photography around lakes (specifically Lake Erie) is offering some draw. Even more specific to that, the lighthouses have spawned a few project ideas. Another one I had was to take just one good picture from my various travels for the last few training trips I was on. While that never really saw much as my travel timeline prevented much of it from happening, I did walk away with a few good ones periodically. In that vein, it’s also worth saying to not get discouraged if projects take unintended or unexpected turns!
3. Look for repeatable imagery. This is kind of a combo from the above two – but imagine taking a photo of a lighthouse every 10th day or so over the course of a year. Might make for a cool project that doesn’t require a lot of time involvement regularly, but over time, can have the makings for some great results.
These are just a couple project ideas to help you kick start the summer. I’m sure others are out there, so feel free to chime in with your own project ideas!