2020 was a challenging year and one that had its limitations where photography was concerned. The first part of 2021 hasn’t been any better either. Travel has been restricted, projects have been put on hold and workshops have been cancelled. All this has made the business of landscape photography difficult and I have found myself spending more and more time sitting at my desk and much less time out with the camera.
Over the summer I ran a series of shot photo walks and was interested in peoples motivation for attending them. Many expressed a desire to get outside and a need to reconnect with the natural world after such a turbulent year. Photography provided the opportunity to do both these things and in a completely mindful way also helped restore some balance and joy to peoples lives.
This set me thinking about my own photography experiences and my need to explore new places with my camera. And whilst travel still isn’t possible the desire to turn my photography into something more adventurous has been eating away at me.
Adventure means different things to different people. I have to confess to being bit of a dreamer and I love following the adventures of Alastair Humphreys, Ben Fogle, Sarah Outen, Sean Conway and Steve Backshall but I am not driven by daring feats and dangerous journeys. I like my adventure a little tamer, but that doesn’t mean any the less interesting – well to me anyway.
So while I was dreaming of life after lockdown with a cup of tea and the latest Alastair Humphry’s newsletter I came across this lovely little film by Sean Conway about his quest to fall back in love with running. To be completely honest, I am not at all interested in running but I admire Sean Conway and found the film captivating. It also got me thinking about whether the concept could be applied to photography.
So after a bit off thought I have put together my own 496 photography adventure. For the next month I will be staying local on the Suffolk Coast and will be getting out every day during March to undertake my own photography challenge.
Like Sean’s running journey the rules are simple – I will go out with my camera every day. On day one I will take one photo, on day two, two images and so on until the 31st March when I will take 31 images. That makes a total of 496 images in a month. Each day will have a different location and I will be strict with the rules – 1 image means 1 image.
The idea is to challenge myself creatively. We may think it will be easy to go out on a shoot and take only one photo – but is it really? When do you press the shutter button, when will the light be at its best, what if we mis-focus or choose the wrong settings? And at the other end of the scale how easy is it to capture 31 different and interesting shots from one shoot? Only time will tell. To make things a bit more interesting I am planning to set a challenge for each of my daily adventures – a different theme, a creative way of shooting, a location I haven’t explored or a walk I have never taken.
Each of my daily outings will form a blog post and will be available to read on this webpage and I hope my small adventures might inspire your own photographic journeys. Please click on each image to read about that day.