Whilst playing around on Twitter we stumbled across this awesome picture by flying.giraffe and became intrigued. What on earth was going on? So we did some digging and before we knew it, had received a brilliant explanation from the guy who took the picture. So without garbling his words, over to Ian:
I have been wanting to do more with my photography for a fairly long time now. I enjoy taking photos, no matter the subject but recently I was finding myself taking my camera out with me less and less. So I wanted to do a project that would encourage me to photograph more and look for inspiration for creative shots.
So I had seen a few people doing 365 projects on Flickr but had always been daunted by the prospect of doing it myself. But then I came up with the idea of giving myself a theme to work with and that gave a whole new creative link to doing something like this. Rather than just being a random collection of images taken everyday there should be something to tie them together throughout the year and that made me want to tackle something challenging rather than be put off by it.
That’s where the Lego character came in, now I have something to base my photos around and it gives me a reason to take my camera with me (and the little man) almost everywhere I go, hoping to get inspiration for new photos and situations he can get himself into.
Now I see, and get, inspiration from all over the place, including when in Wahaca the other night. I was enjoying a meal with my good friend Mathilda and she noticed the little flag sticking out of one of our dishes and suggested posing him with it. The scale worked perfectly. I’m hoping this inspiration now spreads to other photos, not just ones involving Lego and my other work.
It’s proving a challenge, but a fun one. I’m only ten days in and there have been mixed results from my photos, but it’s making me think creatively more than I used to which can only be a good thing. I’m hoping by the end of the year to have 365 photos, of which there are at least a few ones that I am really happy with, enough to put into a small collection and possibly print.
If you’ve got any suggestions for Ian about ideal places that would make for a brilliant photo of Captain Morgan let him know by leaving a comment. Thanks Ian for sharing your story and good luck for the rest of your 365 project. And if you’ve got any fun photos you’ve taken in Wahaca we’d love to see them. You can either email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, add them to our Facebook page or add them to our Flickr group.
by: Friday, 19 March 2010