I recently shared a personal project that I have been working on for 5 years. You can find part I here and part II here. (The full gallery can be found here). Five years seems like a long time to work on a project. And, it is. However, unlike home projects, work projects or yard projects, photography projects can potentially go one forever and not be all consuming. How did the bus stop photography project start? Very Simply: I took my camera to the bus stop.
It was October, 2012, and my son was 6 and had started first grade the month before. My daughter was 4 at the time and in Pre-K. This particular day, she joined us in her pajamas. Having my camera with me, allowed me to be rather passive, stand back and observe – and not feel pressured to fill the time talking and asking questions. What they did wasn’t earth shattering. It was what they did best: talk, play, disagree, separate and explore. What it showed me was, that watching them, listening to them, and just being there, spoke volumes to their relationship and to whom they were.
A quick word about Personal Photography Projects: Personal project are an incredible way to further your photography skills. These skills are not limited to technical skills (you know, how to work all your cool buttons and dials and menus). They are a great way to explore a particular subject, different compositions, a new genre, or a new editing style. I shot this particular project as part of a much larger and broader project. I highly, highly recommend taking on a personal project. It’s done wonders for me.
If you’re interested in learning more about personal projects, but need help getting started, Pam Korman has an online workshop that is amazing. You can find it here: Pam Korman Workshops.
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