2014 New Years (photography) resolutions

120113- 018sLast night I had plans to work on my photobook with photos from 2013. I never got around to do much more than open the programme I use to make the book–I got distracted with other things. When I was ready to go to bed, I promised myself to work on it today. Even though I didn’t get anything done with my book last night, it made me think about what I want to do in 2014 photography-wise. Laying in bed, in complete darkness–with only the light from my cellphone, I started to write down things I want to accomplish this year. The list got longer than I thought it would.

I’m now going to share with you what my resolutions are. Resolutions are not easy to follow up, but if I have them written down, it’s at least a bit easier to keep track of what I want to do.

  • Start and finish a photo project:

I have yet to figure out what kind of project that will be. I know I don’t want to do a long project, like a 365-days project, but more like for instance ‘photograph each day in May’ or something.

  • Shoot more with my analogue cameras.

I want to use my digital cameras a lot this year. For Christmas I got a Holga and a Polaroid. Those I would love to use often. I also own a Ricoh (seen in the photo above). There is film in it, and I started taking photos with it a few years ago, but I never finsihed. So today I took a few photos and I plan to get the roll developed some time next week. I have no idea what’s on the roll, so it will be fun to have it developed. I have no idea if the photos are in focus either, because it has a  manual focus and I’m not so good with that–yet.

  • Shoot more black & white

Black & white photography is awesome, and I would like to imporve my photography skills in that area.

  • Update my shop at Society6.com more often.

I have a shop at Society6, but I rarely update it, so nothing is really happening over there. I need to be more active and promote it better. So far I’ve sold one photo, which isn’t all that great I have to say.

  • Blog more often.

I want to blog more regularly. Blog once a week would be awesome. In order to do so, I need to be more creative and use my camera more often. As I’ve sitten down trying to figure out what photos from 2013 I’m gonna put up in my book, I’ve seen that I haven’t taken as many photos as 2012. Well, maybe I’ve taken the close to the same amount, but I’ve at least used it fewer times. Less food photography and less photos from around Oslo. It has been more travelling photos though (London, Poland, Holland and Sweden)

  • Enter one or more photo contests

I would love the enter some photo contests. Not for anything else than fun and to get some of my photosgraphs out there, to the public.

  • Photograph things inspired by words.

This is now my original idea. It’s has been done before, for instance in the blog ‘words to shoot by’. I love the idea and I want to try it myself. I think I’m going to ask a friend to come up with some words I can use–that would be even more fun for me.

  • Start a photo collaboration with another photographer.

I haven’t really thought this through, but I was thinking about finding, say like 10 words each, and then we’re both gonna photograph something that you assosiate with that word. Then we present the photos side by side on a blog. It can also be something totally different also.

Is there anyone out there who thinks they want to colab with me, contact me.

The new year

A new year has arrived. I thought it was time to blog again. It has been a while since last time, sadly. I don’t blog nearly as often as I want to. There is many reasons for that. Lately I’ve been quite pre-occupied with other things. There was Christmas and Christmas always brings a lot of preparations to do. A week before Christmas I still had Christmas cards left to make and I hand’t started on the gift tags I had planned to make. There were gifts to buy and gifts to wrap. There were also a social happenings; the offices Christmas party and a friends birthday party. I entered the new year being sick; had a severe cold. So there hasn’t been much time for blogging and being creative.

A new year always makes me… I don’t really know how to explain. I am full of ideas and got a big urge to be super creative; I want to do all sorts of stuff and blog about it. There is nothing like being creative. It makes me happy. It keeps me alive.

I’ve been thinking about what I want to do this year.

Photography:

  • I want to start on a new project. I am not thinking of a big project like a 365-challange (366 this year, since it’s 366 days in 2012), but a smaller one. It would rather be a 30 days of… or something like that. I’ve done a food themed project and that was fun. My 90 days of summer project was also fun. I need to ponder a bit more on what my new project’s theme will be.
  • Start up my door project again. I think I’ve talked a bit this before. I want to continue shooting doors. My plan is to make a book out of it called ‘doors of Oslo’. Oslo is not as great as Ireland/Dublin regarding doors, but there sure is some great doors in Oslo as well. All might not be as colorful as the doors in Ireland, but I’m sure I will find more great doors.
  • Take more black and white photos. I want to take monochrome photos on a more regular basis.

Books:

  • I want to finish my 2010 in photos book. I’ve started it and has choosen almost all the photos I want in it. I miss some fall photos, but they are not on my computer, but on my dads actually.
  • Create a book about doors of Oslo. I still need to shoot some more doors. I don’t have nearly enough. I want more special doors.

Crafting:

  • Start making Christmas cards early. I already have an order on 10 Christmas cards. And I know mum needs 20 this year too. My plan is to make some cards every month. Then it won’t be so much to do in November and December. It will prevent me from being tired of making the cards either.
  • Make more cards. And send more cards. I know I love getting cards in the mail. I also love giving. So I’m going to send more cards; not only for Christmas and birthdays, but also surprise cards like ‘happy holidays’, ‘happy Easter’ or just a ‘happy friday’.

I also wish to blog more regularly. Where have I heard that before? I’ve said it more than once before. I’ve proved to myself and this blog that blogging regularly is not easy. So I shouldn’t talk too loud about that. Many times before have I thought that ‘now I’m going to blog more often, at least twice a week, if not more often’. It has last only a few weeks and then I’ve fallen back into old habbits.

This reminds me of what I was thinking about when I wanted to write about the start of 2012. I wanted to write about not making any New Years resolutions. I always fail keeping them, so I think it’s best not to have any. I know that’s a bit defensive and that a very enthusiastic, optimistic, motivator / coach would say that if I’m thinking negativly like that, I surely won’t acomplish anything at all. I agree, but when history has repeated itself over and over, it’s hard to have high hopes.

Reading what I’ve written so far, makes me see I have hopes for the new year. I don’t want to call it New Years Resolutions, because it sounds so formal. I’m just gonna keep this as my wishes for the new, creative, year. This blog will tell me if my wish comes true or not.