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 everything 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 the blog – the collection of submissions (and the stories behind them) are breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring each and every week.
I’ve had six of my images featured so far – one in Week 6 of the project, and also in Week 9, Week 16, Week 26, Week 32 and Week 37 as well. 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 to see how much I’ve grown – all fifty-two images that will sum up the story of 2018 as it was for us.
It appears to have been a fortnight of sunsets! Here are my submissions for Weeks Thirty-Nine and Forty:
“Sunsets are my favourite and the painted skies of September are just glorious. ‘May you see something today that takes your breath away and may you pause and give thanks for it’.”
“Pretty much the only thing I’ve taken photographs of this week has been sunsets. Watching the sky light up every evening, the colours shifting and changing each night completely different from the last…it blows my mind every single time.
It feels almost intimate watching it, as if you’re catching a glimpse into someone’s bedtime routine before they settle down for the night.
It’s a privilege to witness and I’m thankful every time I’m lucky enough to get to watch another one.
I often get so caught up in the details of the day (over thinking, over feeling…) and stepping back to watch nature at work is always exactly the reminder I need that there is so much more to life than we realise – it puts everything into perspective in the most beautiful of ways.”
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).