OK so at the end of last year I wrote a post about making some resolutions for the New Year specifically with regards to my photography, I think it was pretty successful and made me strive to become better (whether or not I actually did become better is open for debate of course). Now in my end of year review post, which came out yesterday if you want to have a nose at it, I discussed last years resolutions and their varying successes and failings so I will not be talking about them here. What we’re going to talk about here are resolutions for the coming year, there is no order of preference or importance so make of each one what you will. Lets get down to it.
One – Go to a photo meetup.
Been thinking it would be good for me to develop as a photographer to be able to meet other people with a similar interest, talk, discuss, see other’s work, show mine, take criticism/advance etc. You know the drill. I have actually signed up to a street photography walk around at some point in either January or February so that kinda counts, the fact I can’t remember when it is isn’t helpful however.
Two – Visit some exhibitions.
This is something I haven’t done for a while, so it’s more of a “visit more” than start visiting. I don’t live in a huge city so there is limited scope for this, but there are some great exhibitions that come up that I can never find the time to go to, this I think I’ll try to change.
Three – Home develop.
I know, astoundingly for someone who loves film so much I have never developed my own, this will be changing. I want to try it out, see the results, post the results, talk about the experience. I’ll still be sending off a lot to a lab to develop, because the one I use is so good at what they do, but I want to give this a try myself as well.
Four – (Semi) Professionalise the blog/website.
I think this blog has grown from just a place where I post a couple of photographs I’ve created every week or so into something a lot bigger (again thanks in part to the number of people who seem to like what I do) so I’m thinking, not taking the plunge and leaving my job or what not, but a slightly more clean and fresh, slick, pro look to this blog/website will give it a helping hand in the direction it’s been going. Which leads me onto my next point.
Five – Business cards.
Probably a silly idea to call them that but I couldn’t think of a better descriptive term, what I’m thinking is just something I can hand out to people when they either stop me in the street to talk about the camera I’m using or when I take images of people and they want to know where they can see them. There has been occasions where I’ve wished I had something I could just hand to someone and say “here you go, this is my website, have a look if you’re interested”, so I think this may be a good plan.
Six – Sell a print.
I think this one if the most ambitious and will probably be the one I struggle most to do, if in fact I even can. I’m not talking selling a million copies of something and becoming world renowned, I mean printing a limited run of a few select images, putting the word out there that they’re available and then seeing if there’s any interest. I mean it can’t hurt to ask if anybody would like a print of any of my images can it? If it doesn’t come off, well then I have a few gifts I can give to friends and family.
So there we have it, what do you think? I think they’re quite a bit more ambitious than the resolutions I made last year and some of them I’m quite excited by the prospect of. I hope you all had a great New Year and let me know in the comments your thoughts.