At the start of January I began a new year-long photography project: Life In 52. The idea is simple – to take one photo a week for each week of the year. It’s a lifestyle photography project, documenting little snippets of my life that I want to remember.
The project is being hosted by Sarah Cornish from My Four Hens Photography, who I had the privilege of learning from directly on my solo trip to Colorado at the photography retreat she ran last year. When she announced this project I decided to use it to put into practice what I’d learned.
There is a Facebook group dedicated to the project, where participants can post their images each week to share their work, hold themselves accountable and also in the hope of being featured on the blog on the Life In 52 website. Go have a look at it – the collection of submissions (and the stories behind them) are breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring each and every week.
I’ve had three of my images featured so far – one in Week 6 of the project, one in Week 9 and one in Week 16. I’m so proud that they’ve been chosen. I’m looking forward to putting together my final collection of images at the end of the year – all fifty-two images that will sum up the story of 2018 as it was for us.
Here are my submissions for Weeks Nineteen and Twenty:
“When summer arrives early in England you take advantage of it because it might, quite literally, be the only summer you get. (And, true to form, we’re now back to jeans and boots and grey skies. Sigh. Summer, you tease!). One from Bank Holiday Monday in the paddling pool and there is so much ‘wrong’ with this image but I really love it anyway because perfectly imperfect is exactly who we are”.
“Morning cuddles. It’s been just over six months since our beautiful boy cat, Pumpkin, got hit by a car and left this world. It feels like longer. And also, somehow, like it was yesterday. Time is a strange thing, stretching and shrinking according to our perceptions. Many people thought that getting the kittens so soon after losing him was “too soon”. They didn’t understand us when we said that we weren’t replacing him. He’s very much still with us in our hearts. We just knew that we needed somewhere to direct our love. Luna (pictured) and Felix have brought so much joy into our lives and I can’t imagine not having them. They’re very much a part of our family, have distinct personalities and fit perfectly into our craziness and chaos”.
You can follow along with all the other submissions from the Life In 52 project on Instagram by following the hashtags #lifein52 and #m4hlifein52. And you can see the featured posts from the group each week on the Life In 52 blog (updated every Monday).