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The Ins and Outs of Photography Projects

What Exactly is a Project?

Dav Thomas

Tree loving photographer, mainly using large format film cameras but also flirts with other formats.


Anyone who has visited Thomas Towers will affirm that when it comes to projects, I’m a starter of many and a completer of few (none). As house renovations go, this one's a slow burner. With that in mind, I might not be the best person to comment on projects, photographic or otherwise but none the less, I thought I’d provide some of my thoughts on the subject and if we’re lucky, I might even make it to the end of the article!

Regular readers of On Landscape will be well aware that personal photographic projects are all the rage at the moment.

Why bother?

Many (most?) photographers are happy to go about landscape photography in a reasonably haphazard manner; often photographing in the iconic locations when time and weather conditions permit, and of course there’s not necessarily anything wrong with that – if you only have a few days a month to dedicate to photography, conceptualisation probably isn’t high on the agenda.  But I think if this is your approach to photography you are actually missing out and potentially limiting your ability to expand your photographic horizons.

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