As 2014 draws to a close, I have my 2015 Street Project on my mind ! I have not shot as much street as I would have liked over the last few years so have decided to make my next years project a street project to force me out in to the streets.
I like to shoot street in a candid way and have some small rules and restrictions I set myself now and then to force me to think out of the box. I try not to follow trends or fads. I am always on the lookout for something new. My 2014 Portrait project has driven me to distraction, and my 2013 project A Year of Black and White was amazing. The good news is both projects helped me to grow as a photographer and see the direction I want to head for.
I don’t have much time for my projects in 2015 and now I have got myself involved in two projects ! One self portrait 52 week project, and my Available Light Street Project ! I must be mad ! I love shooting people and love a good clean sharp image but have always wanted a little more blur or mystery in my shots, so I have come up with a plan.
Instead of getting up close and personal with a camera on Silent Shutter Mode, I am going to incorporate a tripod and filters in to street work to slow things down in the daytime. I plan to shoot some evening and night shots as well over the year and without filters. The idea is to shoot the streets with any available light at some very low shutter speeds and even in to the realms of long exposure. I went over to Manchester a few weeks ago with Steve Coleman to have a quick practice, I now know its just not going to be an easy task. Using a tripod or mini tripod is going to be a challenge in a city, and getting the blur and movement just how I like it, is going to be challenging . There are 14 days until my challenge starts but until then I am going to enjoy some time to myself over the festive period. I will come back and let you all know how I get on next year.