This may just be the result of another long, cold winter, but I can see that I have not been out with my camera very much, and I have the sense that I am not because nothing is calling to me to be photographed. Something I read about regularly is the idea of working on a photographic project, not simply taking photos as they appear, but having a definite idea, theme, place, whatever, to keep revisiting, accumulating photographs; and not so much imagining that every photograph has to be a “greatest hit” as long as it contributes to, enhances, furthers the project. I was greatly impressed by Jem Southem’s talk at the Meeting of Minds 2014 conference and indeed bought a copy of his The River Winter book.
Both of which might well have contributed to my idea of adopting the Huron River as a project. I’ve really only seen the river as it passes through Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti, so this will give me an opportunity to explore further; indeed, it’s not that long a river, so I’m hoping it will be easy to visit both where it empties into Lake Erie and (close to) its origin. It’s sort of shaped like a horseshoe with Ann Arbor on the bend.
So what about the river, what am I going to photograph? I have an idea about where it is met by others, by streams, roads, railways, any sort of man-made structure such as a dam, of which there are many. Don’t know if all, or even any, of these ideas will make it through to the end, but I did a search through my Lightroom catalog and came up with a few photographs that I already have that might fit in with this idea. Some of them you see here. For want of a better term, I’m calling the project Intersections.
Projects like this can run for ever, but I think along the way it could provide a good platform to explore some of the other ideas I have for my photography, from the obvious such as an exhibition to slightly less obvious like hand-made books. Watch this space!