Hello blog readers
Every now and then I claim a little "downtime" to take a break from editing images; today's incessant rain rendering me indoors for the duration meant that I took a little time out to curl up with my Royal Photographic Society Journal, a fantastic magazine which is free to members of the RPS. Little gaps in my work routine to allow for "mellow moments" are a God-send, trust me.
There's a great article on Ian Beesley, a Northern photographer who shares a lot in common with me other than geographical origins. Ian's approach to his photography insofar as work ethic and mindset is very much in alignment to mine, especially bearing in mind that we both learned the art of photography the "old-fashioned" way, ie. film. You know, those rolls of cellulose that you could once buy in the local chemist!
The magazine is a welcome read in my downtime sessions and enthuses me to sometimes rethink my perspective and my approach to my work. The last thing I would ever want to do is get stuck in a rut - there's no fresh creativity there for sure.
On the RPS website, there's also an excellent article on a project taking place in two weeks' time called "ADay". Its a fantastic project which invites anyone and everyone. The website invites:
"An event for everyone, everywhere:
Professionals, amateurs, school children, farmers, social media fans, astronauts, office workers and you. Cell phone camera, Hasselblad, home made or borrowed. We are looking for the perspectives of everyone who enjoys photography.
Picture today, inspire tomorrow:
All images will be displayed for you and everyone to explore. Some of them will be selected for a book, A Day In The World, others in digital exhibitions. Every single one will be saved for future research and inspiration."
How fantastic does that sound? To be a part of something no matter who you are! That's one great thing about the emerging photographic community in this new era of social media and sharing - its a real "leveller" and certain initiatives and projects welcome everyone and anyone to take part and share.
Sign up, join in and enjoy the ride. Its a great project and one which I know will be a fresh source of inspiration for me professionally and creatively as well as developing further still my own personal stamp on the work which I produce.
Mark the date down in your diary. May 15th. Go on, give it a go. Costs nothing too, so even for a frugal Yorkshire tyke like me, its a win-win situation! If you do take part, drop me a line here at Lynda Bowyer Photography and tell me how you got on!