In May of 2015, I joined a creative project called 52Frames. It's a weekly photo challenge that helps participants improve their photography skills and creativity. This project came into my life at the exact moment I needed it. I found myself in the fifth month of the year, and I hadn't created one single photograph that wasn't for a client. No personal work whatsoever. I was in a creative rut. Taking the time to create just one photograph per week pulled me out of that rut, and brought my photography to another level. Not only did I get my mojo for the art of photography back, I've gained friends from this project, not only online but in real life during our photowalk outings on Long Island and in New York City. I even had the honor of meeting Yosef, the creator of the project, on one of these walks.
Since I only joined in week 19 of 2015, 2016 was my first time completing a full calendar year in 52Frames, and it was a huge personal achievement for me. This was a difficult year for me personally and there were times when I just wanted to skip a week, to give up on my goal of becoming a "Weekly Warrior". But I remembered what Yosef always tells us about consistency, and I did it anyway. Some weeks were hits, some were misses (some were resounding flops, even), but I never let myself skip a week and I'm really proud of that. Participating in 52Frames makes me a better photographer for me and for my clients, because I never stop learning from my fellow photographers and growing my skills and creativity.
Here is a collage of every photo I submitted for 52Frames 2016.
I can't wait to see what 2017 has in store.
If you or anyone you know is interested in fostering their photographic talent, visit 52frames.com to learn more.