Discovering Projects in Your Photo Library

After we've become competent with shutter speeds, apertures and ISO settings on our cameras, one of our challenges is how to maintain our interest and passion for photography. One option is to move beyond making the "trophy" image and begin to work with photographic projects. A project results in a collection of related images (usually somewhere between 5 and 30 pictures) that tell a story, illustrate a concept or explore a technique. But how do you come up with a group of photos?

Dreams of Blue

In his podcast Brooks Jensen, editor of Lenswork Publishing, shares a technique he learned many years ago in a workshop with David Bayles (co-author of Art & Fear). It is so effective that Brooks has used it ever since to find the gems hidden in his photographic library.

The Bayles Exercise podcast

I had a similar experience from looking through my photos when I discovered a design that I'd been using without realizing it. I have frequently photographed a series of vertical lines in a horizontal frame. I have applied to a variety of natural and man-made objects.

Rhythm of Vertical Lines

If you are searching for a way to make projects out of the work you have already completed, take time to listen to Brooks' suggestion. I'm sure it will help you.