Earlier on this year I was wandering around the Tate Modern looking for new inspiration. I have to say, out of anywhere I’ve been – the Tate is pretty much the perfect place to be inspired to start a new project. As well as all the wonderful art, my favourite part of the Tate Modern is probably – the book shop downstairs. Oh. Man. I could (and did) spend hours in there browsing the different collections of books. If I could, I would visit every day and buy more and more and MORE.
In the end I came away with a book called ‘The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas’ – filled with ideas of small projects to widen your horizons, inspire you creatively and push yourself to try new things in photography. It seemed the perfect way to experiment which was exactly what I wanted.
And then… I forgot about it, and life got in the way a little bit. But last week on facebook, someone posted about buying this and I thought *hang on, I have this, right?* and there I was, excited to try things all over again. I want this blog to be a bit more experimental as well as showing the regular kind of portrait and documentary work I usually do, to show the process of learning photography as well the final results.
And so, here’s the first assignment I attempted –
by Anna Schechter on page 300
This assignments involves taking fifteen minutes to scroll through your phone and choose 5 – 10 images that where never intended to be connected but could make a body of work.
The series I created was small moments I had captured on my phone this year which bought me joy, that I photographed wanted to remember but ultimately they sat on my phone doing nothing. These days we take so many photos and they get lost in the digital void, but these are the little moments that ground me.
If you’re interested in buying the book, you can get it on amazon here.
I really enjoyed trying something new, and I’m hoping to slowly work my way through the book and post about it here.
I hope you are having a great day, see you on Instagram!