“A portrait of my daughter, once a week, every week, in 2014.”
Poet: why catch butterflies when you can see the world through a pink coloured lens/net? (ISO 100, f2.8, 1/500)
I wonder if she’ll pull dramatic expressions the entire year?
A big thank you for such an enthusiastic start to The 52 Project! Many of you mentioned that you fell off the wagon last year and are really determined to see the project through to week 52 in 2014. A few weeks ago Bron left a comment that may resonate with you: “I’m so glad you introduced me to this marvellous thing. Plod, plod, plod and then suddenly – a year of photos organised so neatly week by week. Never in my life!” And that’s exactly why I started an achievable 52 project in lieu of an overwhelming 365! I knew one photo a week was possible and so I set myself a deadline of Sunday morning and sure enough I had the photos ready every single week. It really is a matter of “plod, plod, plodding” and then, all of a sudden, you’re at the finish line!
You’ll find that there will be weeks where you’re feeling uninspired and complacent and that’s ok. My suggestion? Get outside, go for a walk and take your camera with you. If you’re stuck inside with sick kids and a messy house then document that, too – it’s a universal “life with small kids” scene, after all.
I’ve had quite a few questions about the project and I thought it best to answer them here.
Q: Do I have to use a DSLR or is an iphone ok?
A: There are no rules! Document the moment with whatever you have at hand.
Q: I don’t have a blog but I’m on instagram, can I post my portraits there?
A: Yes! Feel free to link to me @practisingsimplicity and hashtag #the52project
Q: I don’t have children but I want to take part in the project, is that ok?
A: Of course. Some of you have already explained that you’re photographing friends, landscapes, pregnancy, mothers, your marriage – anything goes.
Q: Will you be making a photobook with your portraits from 2012 and 2013?
A: Yes, it’s one of my projects that I’m going to do while Daniel is away. I’m printing my books with Artifact Uprising and will write a post on the process and finished product.
Q: Is there a 52 button I can paste on my sidebar?
A: There will be, very soon. I should have it ready in the next week or so.
Whilst I had every intention of linking to my favourite portraits from 1/52, I’ve decided to start next week instead. Daniel leaves tomorrow and as I’m sure you can understand, I want to spend every moment I can with him. Deep breaths.