I knew that I was in a beautiful part of the state on a bright sunny day but had that nagging question “what do I take photos of?” Having a camera and no sense of purpose can leave you with bland photos. Creativity bears more fruit when focused.
Creating an impromptu “photo project” can quickly motivate and excite your photomojo. A project can be incredibly simple – I chose “Jersey Fresh” as my theme. “Jersey Fresh” is a logo and slogan that highlights the proud agricultural roots in the Garden State. Sure, it’s really broad for a theme, but gave me a clue as to where I might stop to take a photo and what I’d like it to convey.
Here’s a few images from the set.
What are some other ideas for mini projects you may try when exploring a new place or rediscovering a familiar one?
- Place X – a bug’s eye view
- Roadside eats in Place X
- Color-based themes
- Behind popular establishements / alleyways
- Landscaping details
- Infrastructure details (great for the Leica black and white crowd)
Give it a go – next time you’re shooting without a cause. give yourself a bit of a unifying assignment or theme. You may be pleased with the results.