Have You ever Considered a Personal Photography Project?
At the beginning of 2013 I started a personal photography project that I called “Barns-n-Farms.” My goal was to post a photograph of a barn every Friday on Google+. I didn’t shoot one every week, but did post one every week. What I would do is every few weekends, I would go for a drive and shoot 4 or 5 barns and sometimes more. Then I would get home and have some choices for the next few weeks. Not all shots were worthy of being posted online, so it was good that I had extra shots to choose from.
All of the barns that I posted online were from the northeastern Ohio area, except for one that was from along the Pennsylvania Turnpike. If you have been on the PA turnpike and notice barns, then you probably know the one I am talking about. Most of the rest of the barns were either from Trumbull or Ashtabula counties which are the two most northeastern counties. That leaves me lots of Ohio still available to explore, although, I will not do it this year.
Below is a gallery of a few of the barns I shot and posted last year. If you want to see all of them, visit my Google+ public stream and pick any Friday. When you click on the photo, you’ll go to the online folder where all 52 barns will be found. I hope you enjoy my project. Feel free to leave a comment.
Why Consider a Personal Photography Project?
A personal photography project, whether it is a weekend assignment or a year-long journey is something you should consider. It gives you a clear goal when you go out to shoot. It keeps you from having to come up with ideas for shooting something. A personal project gives you a challenge and you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment as you work on it and eventually complete it. Even if you only go out with the intention of shooting only things that are red for that weekend, you will soon start to “see” things that are red. Then to extend your skills, you will see things that can be processed as red or more red than originally viewed. This will help extend your post processing skills.
One of the things that I especially enjoyed during last year was the conversations I had with people on Google+. It turns out many people enjoy old barns. People would stop by and leave a comment that they liked that barn or remember one like it when they were young. Some people even asked for the locations because they wanted to visit. Several people mentioned that they had wonderful old barns in their local areas and suggested that I visit some day. One person even said they would be happy to buy a print if I visited their area and photographed one particular barn. You can not get much higher praise than that.
Some Photography Project Ideas
- Houses of worship
- The color red (or any color)
- One photograph of anything every day (called a 365 day project)
- Can you think of more?
If you have a project, share a link in the comments below. I would like to see what you have done.