You don’t ‘force’ yourself to work on a photography project
A project is simply an undertaking of creating a collection of images on a certain topic which is important or meaningful to you.
For example, here are photos from my grandfather’s funeral:
These are the lessons:
- Photograph anything and everything which is meaningful or interesting to you “in the moment”.
- Don’t feel the need to edit so tightly. Better to stay loose and flexible as you go.
- Good to stick with one camera, one lens, one aesthetic/approach during the project.
Revisit your old projects
This is key:
Look at your old projects.
I derive almost as much joy at looking at old photos as looking at new projects.
For example, when I look at the books I’ve made, I derive GREAT JOY!
My First Photography Book Limited Edition Hardcover + Free Mobile BonusProduct on sale$ 10 – $ 29
SUITS by Eric Kim Limited First Edition Hardcover Photobook$ 300
MASTERS Book: A Distilled Street Photography PrimerProduct on sale
And to me, BOTH e-books and print books are meaningful to me.
BOOKS BY KIM
My favorite books:
PHOTOGRAPHY PDF BOOKS
- HOW TO SEE: Visual Guide to Composition, Color, & Editing in Photography / Kindle Edition
- Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Mastering Street Photography / Kindle Edition
- STREET HUNT / Kindle Edition
- STREET NOTES: Mobile Edition / Kindle Edition
- MODERN PHOTOGRAPHER / Kindle Edition
- STREET PHOTOGRAPHY 103
- Dynamic Composition Manual
- Photography Startup Manual
- PHOTOGRAPHY MASTERCLASS
- PHOTOGRAPHY ENTREPRENEURSHIP MANUAL by ERIC KIM
- STREET PHOTOGRAPHY MANUAL by ERIC KIM
- THE PHOTOGRAPHER by ERIC KIM
- The Art of Street Photography
- 100 Lessons From the Masters of Street Photography
- Zen Photography
- Personal Photography Manual
- Street Photography Contact Sheets Volume II
- Street Photography Contact Sheets Volume I
- Street Photography Composition Manual
- Street Portrait Manual
- Street Photography 101
- Street Photography 102
- Color Manual
- Monochrome Manual
- 31 Days to Overcome Your Fear in Street Photography
- Letters From a Street Photographer
- Street Photography Aphorisms, Heuristics, and Sayings
Back to projects
A project can be as rigid or loose as you want. I like the dynamic, flexible principle.
Sometimes you are rigid, sometimes you are flexible.
I call this the ‘bamboo’ theory: bamboo is BOTH insanely strong, and insanely flexible.
Documenting a certain time and place in your life
One way to approach a photography project:
Just make a collection of images of a certain time and place in your life.
Also, you can just allow yourself to shoot ‘randomly’, then edit and sequence the photos LATER.
For example my ‘City of Angles’ project:
To shoot street photography in Los Angeles, and to show my own personal view of the beautiful (fallen) “angels” of the city.
Projects are whatever you want them to be.
Whatever project you decide to work on, work on a project which you feel deeply about.
Start it when you feel like it, stop it when you feel like it!