When Mike Bowen ran through Constitution Gardens and down to Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, he completed his goal of running 58,282 miles — one mile for each name on the wall.
And that is where I will begin my personal photography project, Warriors at the Wall.
In today’s episode, I practice what I preach. We will talk about how you can create a personal photo project, but it won't be just theory. I will use the framework to create on a photo project for myself.
Create your photo project, too. Let's build them together.
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What is a photo project?
- Expresses your other interests
- To improve
- To stretch
- To share
- To build something
- To find yourself
- Pixels are cheap
- Publishing is accessible
- Creating brings fulfillment
Define your photo project idea
- What are you passionate about?
- What can you overlap with photography?
- What can you sustain over the long term?
- Does it fit with your skill set or your goals?
- Narrow it to a story?
- Still room to play?
- I am passionate about military veterans
- Portraits of veterans have been an interest in the past
- Definitely have the passion for telling their stories
- Portraits and writing stories are my skill set and interest
- Yes, tell each story individually and maybe an overarching story develops
What’s your ambitious outcome?
What might you produce?
Allow yourself to dream but be flexible enough to change
My journey - I will create
- Multimedia blog - Tell the ongoing story. Cultivate following.
- Gallery show - Begin to build enthusiasm
- Book - Possible sale with Gallery show
- Presentation - Lessons learned for photographers
- What tools / gear will you need to see this project through?
- What will you need to buy or rent?
My journey - I need
- Boom mic
- Digital recorder
What will you do?
- Practical Experiments
- Artist Research
- Personal analysis & insights
- Idea development
My journey - Next steps
- Create website
- Collect & curate existing images
- Research veterans organizations
- Research Vietnam Wall for story ideas
- Research funding & grant opportunities
- Collect first stories at Memorial Weekend
- Publish first feature story - end of June
- Publish multimedia feature story - end of August
- Complete Phase I by Veterans Day 2017