Let’s Get Started! | 2017 Project 52

You guys! It’s time! 2017 Project 52! I’m so freaking excited!

I checked the Flickr group this morning and we have over 50 members! This is a great start and we’ll probably see a few more join us along the way. :)

I just want to remind you as we start that this is a personal journey – this project is for YOU, not strangers on the Internet – so when you start beating yourself up, keep moving forward. There will be some fantastic weeks and there will be some when the struggle is real. That’s part of a challenge that lasts all year. But shoot with intention, look for scenes or moments that speak to you and pull you in… shoot for yourself.

You may be asking what to expect throughout the year. Well, I try to come up with weekly themes that get us thinking about how we can use our cameras creatively. You can expect prompts to help with composition and techniques, some that are “seek and find” to encourage you to explore and then some that are completely open to interpretation by the photographer. These prompts will make us think before we shoot, push us to experiment, and I have a feeling we’ll end up inspiring each other along the way. This is a safe environment to learn in, so please ask questions if you have any!

OK, so are you ready?!?!


Week 1: Self-portrait
due 01.04.17

There are a lot people in our Flickr group who don’t know one another, so let’s introduce ourselves with a self-portrait.

This image is to be created by yourself, not by another person. You can set up the timer on your camera and get in front of it. Find your reflection in your surroundings. Or if you don’t want to share your identity, make it anonymous by hiding part of your face, focusing on another part of your body (like your hands) or creating a silhouette. (I ask that we keep it clean. We have a “safe” rating on Flickr and unsavory images will be removed.)

When you post your image to the group (select our group when uploading to Flickr), feel free to tell us a little about yourself – one of the great things about doing a project with a large number of people is meeting new folks and learning from one another. 

If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2017project52 so that we can find your work and give it some love!
Have questions about 2017 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the Flickr group description. Please join us!

Kari - Is the Flickr group supposed to be live today? I was able to join but received a message “This group is just getting going, check back later”. Looking forward to giving it a go! 🙂

Brooke - The Flickr Group is live! There just aren’t any photos yet. Once photos are added over the next week, Flickr will probably recognize it as being “active.” Looking forward to seeing your self-portrait soon!

Rachel Corbett - Does safe mean no breastfeeding photos?

Brooke - Things I’m moderating for are nudity and violence. Breastfeeding should be fine though.

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