I knew exactly what I wanted to make this week, and waited until Sunday to do it. It's 22nd February today, and this image remembers a shared lunch at The Cup Cafe and the magnitude 6.3 earthquake at 12.51pm, which brought Christchurch to its knees. So many things changed at that moment. 185 people died and thousands had their homes destroyed. Rebuilding is slow but steady. There is a sense of optimisim.
I have been through hoops to both make and choose my first image. I walked round and round the house and garden, taking lots of different photographs. It occurred to me, finally, that seeing this project 52 weeks long and the weather is nice here that I’d be better to work outside while I can. So after taking lots of architectural details, which will still be there in the winter I settled on something which will not. There were lots of tomatoes in the garden, bumble bees flying, but the patterns and shapes the leaves and flowers worked for me. Then the colour vs B&W question. I find in many images that colour distracts, so I removed it and now this backlit fig leaf looks like a subdivision map, with highways, roads and residential areas. In colour it looked like the back of a fig leaf!
In February 2015 my friend in the US and I decided to collaborate on a weekly project - Project 52 - we would make an image each week, and send it to each other. My objective was to train my eyes better, to see extraordinary things in the everyday things that surround us at home, within the area of our home, not the beach, or the mountains, but around our house. I think the homely and mundane is often overlooked. Many photographers feel they have to travel to seek out interesting images. I wanted to see if, by training my eyes to see things, I could make interesting images without leaving home.
My definition of home is rather loose - it's where I lay my head that night. If we are away from home for a few days then I'll make a photo within the confines of where I lay my head that night. My other two restrictions are that all my photos will be square, and all will be in black and white. Some weeks I see the world only in colour, and that makes it tough, but that is the point, to see what else is there, not what is just in front of my camera.
Minor White (9 July, 1908 - 24 June, 1976) said,
"One should not only photograph things for what they are but for what else they are."
One photo per week, for 52 weeks - here goes...............
Each week I'll publish a new image as part of a joint Project 52, with my friend in the USA. We both make an image every week, and send them to each other. We are now in the 2nd year of this project. We find it challenging, stimulating and fun. Life should be fun.