Monkey is Thirteen:: A Year Long Photo Project

13. A time to Dream Big.

This winter while I was having a blast at Inspire {a photo retreat for photographers} I realized I needed a personal project. The subject came up more than once, and I told myself I need to pay attention and do something.

I have always believed in personal projects, but the doesn’t mean I have always made the time to make them happen. What I knew was I needed to find a project, and put myself into it. Time to stretch the photo brain, work on some new ways of shooting, find ways to grow. I started thinking about ideas, and then kept narrowing things down (much like we do during the editing process..). I told myself to start small because right now over committing was not something I could do, for many reasons but mostly because LIFE. I thought about my nephew, about to turn 13, living just one town away from me. 13! Yikes. But wait, I could document that…

So I wrote down my ideas, shared them with his mom, she said yes, and we agreed I would then talk to him about it. Becoming a teenager is kind of a big deal, but I didn’t want to make it TOO big of a deal because it seems like only adults say things like ‘becoming a teenager is a big deal!’ So, we chatted, he said yes, and we agreed the project will go from birthday to birthday.

I thought a year in the life of a person, at a given point in their lives, is a good measure of time. It is also a good way to enter a project — having a start and end date. My plan was/is loose: Show up, hang out, document. Show who he is NOW, at this time in his life. At the end have a collection that tells a story – HIS story – and make a book of my favorites for his parents (and, really for him at some point down the road). Plan to repeat the process for his sister 9 years from now. Leave a piece of the family history for years to come. Extra added bonus: more hang time with this cool kid person I like a lot.

I made a list of things I thought would be good to cover. I asked him for some input. We agreed we will just keep checking in, and as things come up I will go if I can.

The other stuff I am not sure of yet. But I don’t think I need to be. Things will unfold as they will. I am not going to force things or create fake situations. I will show up and capture. Then see what comes together. So, here we go! It’s April and Max (aka Monkey — a name only I call him) is 13! Let’s see where this year takes him…

Max, at the start of our project. After celebrating his birthday with family. Let’s see where this year goes!

.

List of hashtags and some photos will be shared here throughout the year…

by admin

no comments

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *

*

*

There was an error submitting your comment. Please try again.

T a g s
T w e e t s