Fear of Projects

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I have found it hard to write my blog and create Youtube videos following my stroke but every now and then something happens to inspire to make me sit down at my desk and write or grab a camera and make a video.

I have been encouraging people to do projects for years and also doing at least one 365 project in their lives !

I have always been aware that project images out of context or 365 images looked at as individual images might not be understood by people. Let’s face facts you are not going to go out and shoot a masterpiece every day of a 365 in fact I doubt any images in your 365 will be amazing ! Because that’s not what it’s all about.

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I do however think its comments like this on Social media that hold a lot of people back from starting a project.

People want to take a photo put it on social media and get 400 likes and great comments, but that’s not what projects are all about. A single image looked at out of a series probably makes no sense and as part of a 365 can me quite boring or banal !

The crazy thing for me at the moment is the simple fact I am walking the same walk I always walk due to the Lock Down for Covid-19, I don’t have much choice about were I go and I am trying not to shoot the same path or area of sky more than once.

I sometimes reply to comments like this and sometimes I ignore them to give me time to think, but I always check out the posters images, its my first port of call.

This time instead of replying I have decided to blog about it, I am not 100% sure what this guy is getting at but he obviously does not realise that this image is #82 of 365 and even though it’s hardly a masterpiece its 1 image out of 365 and means something to me because I only went this way on this path this day because there were to many people out walking their dogs this day and I had to go this way to socialy distance myself from others, it also has my dog Jake in it and gives a sense of place with the light gantry. When I look back at this image in a year’s time I will remember the Lock Down.

This series of images is part of my Path Project and Weather Projects 365s and once completed will be in an exhibition and in two books. As individual images they will not make a lot of sense and as I say with quite a few 365 projects quite a lot of images will not be great or mean much to other people. But for the artist or Photographer it’s all part of a Year’s Journey.

So don’t let the fact you are not going to get 400 likes and the fact you will get strange comments at times stop you from doing a project of starting a 365 because it does not matter what other people think or like it’s all about what you get out of the project or 365 at the end of the year.





6 thoughts on “Fear of Projects

    aussiestreetpics said:
    April 1, 2020 at 9:15 pm

    That the images are of importance to you and a permanent reminder of that fraction of a second in your life is all that’s important. I have chosen to disable comments (an email contact can be found for genuine correspondence) because my experience was that just one negative comment cancelled the joy of ten complimentary ones. I find your walking path project very interesting because I was raised on the Famous Five books as a kid and your images take me back 60 years. Keep doing what you love Matt and try to disregard those with nothing better to do than criticise. Best wishes for your health this year.

    jr cline said:
    April 2, 2020 at 11:33 am

    I appreciate this effort. 365 project is a big deal.
    I’m using 1SE to do a second a day video project.

    Stephen Hart said:
    April 4, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Great blog Matt.
    All my images are first and foremost for ‘Ones self’ as I put it.
    So I am not bothered if people like or don’t like, just so long as not nasty with it.
    Good health Matt and stay safe.

      matt6t6 responded:
      April 5, 2020 at 4:54 am

      Cheers buddy, Yes it’s a strange world. The internet gives us the best shop window in the world. But also enables people to show their nasty side. Shame really. I guess that why I like to show my work in Exhibitions that way you can’t see people’s reactions to your work and also they can see it as a body of work and not just a single image.

    Cvotos said:
    April 5, 2020 at 11:16 pm

    Personally as a series these photos are great. And knowing the story of your stroke all the more meaningful. It’s the idea – and the limitation they arise from – that makes them as much as the composition.

      matt6t6 responded:
      April 6, 2020 at 5:28 am

      Thanks even more so now I guess as they are shot on my one form of Exercise a day.

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