The only resolution I was thinking about (besides that of my next digital camera), was some kind of a photographic project for 2012. Some of the photographers I know, imposed themselves projects like 365(366)’s, 52’s, A-Z’s, film-, subject- or even colour-related projects or something like that for 2012 and I think most of this stuff is good to keep the own creativity and frequency flowing. Good idea.
I even had really tough stuff like “film only” in mind, but since I know myself better, I was quite sure not to endure such limitations a whole year. There’s just too much interesting new digital gear coming within the next months (yes Mark, I’m guilty of being a GASbag, sometimes). Furthermore, I’m still kind of new to photography at all. So if I come across a new (to me) technique, subject or theme I want to try out, I don’t want to be limited in any way or be forced to break the rules of my own project.
So I was looking for a personal photographic project which doesn’t force me (a lazy wannabe photo-enthusiast) to go out and shoot something on a daily basis or tie me to a specific technique or medium, but still gives me a little bit of schedule to accomplish.
Found no spectacular or uber-creative topic, but while I was archiving my negatives from 2010/2011, fortunately got slightly inspired by the very first shot I took with my Olympus OM-4 Ti right after picking it up near Koblenz:
It’s neither the most artistic shot, nor is this the most creative topic for a photographic project, but considering my confirmed laziness, it’s definitely the best compromise I could find: gas station 2012
It fits my habits perfectly since I travel a lot by car and always have a camera with me. So the “task” will be to take one more or less interesting shot within the 2-4 minutes the pump needs to fill the tank of my car. No matter what kind of camera or lens I have with me (digital, film, smartphone or whatever), no matter what time, date or weather it is and no matter what or who’s the subject – as long as the shot is taken at or near a gas station within the duration of the refueling process. I hope to collect some interesting shots from all over germany within the next 10-11 months. Of course most of the shots could look like this (from january 2011)…
…but the creative challenge of the project is to find new views and different angles, subjects and details in those places. Let’s start with my first attempts from 2012:
So stay tuned, my fuel gauge is going to hit the “E” position within the next few days…!