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Motivation is a photography blog that discusses the creative aspects of photography. The posts will include thoughts about images and their interpretation, photographers and their work, technique, workflow, my ongoing projects, and perhaps even the occasional off topic rant.

Genesis Of A Project

People have different ways of learning and different ways of working.  Some folks learn best by reading, others by watching a video, and still others by doing.  In one of my prior posts, a comment was made about putting together ideas in order to embark on a photography project.  I found that interesting as I suspect that, like learning, different people have different approaches to planning such projects. I know that, try as I might, I find it hard to say to myself  "I am interested in subject X and I want to put together a photographic project about it and so I will go out and try to photograph all aspects of X in as many situations as I can."  I believe I may have tried that once or twice but, well, it never really worked out and the projects never came to fruition.  Rather, I find that what works for me is to simply go out and photograph as many different things that I find interesting in as many different locations as I can and process images that I find compelling from such outings.  At some point I find that I have several images that I like that are similar in some way, be it subject, style, or theme.   Only then, after the fact, do I end up discovering that there might be a the beginnings of a project hiding out among the images I have processed.

I am sure there are many photographers who work the other way and predefine a project and then go to work.  I wonder why it is that one approach seem to work well for some and not for others.