At the start of January, a whole year ago now, I began a new twelve month long photography project: Life In 52. The idea was 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’m immensely proud to say that I’ve had nine of my images featured in total throughout the duration of this year’s project – the first one in Week 6, and then subsequently in Week 9, Week 16, Week 26, Week 32, Week 37, Week 40, Week 44 and Week 49. 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 in a couple of days time to see it all in one place – all fifty-two images that will sum up the story of 2018 as it was for us. I can’t quite believe we’re at the end of it! It’s been a year of growth for sure – both personally and in my photography.
I’m not going to be continuing the project forwards into 2019. I feel a pull to take on something different, though I’m not quite sure what that is yet. I’ve done what I set out to do, I’m proud of what I’ve achieved and everyone’s encouragement, support and feedback along the way has been invaluable – thank you.
Here are my submissions for Weeks Fifty-One and Fifty-Two:
“Early morning birthday fun. I’ve had the joy of being able to celebrate fifteen of his forty birthdays with him and I thank my lucky stars every single day that it’s him I get to do life with”.
“Sunset magic on Christmas Eve. An impulsive stop at the side of the road in a spot that I’ve been wanting to capture the sunset at for the last twelve years of living in this town. I’m so happy I finally got it! From the very first day of this Life In 52 project I’ve wondered what my final image would be. A sunset seems fitting. I’ve loved documenting the weeks in this way and can’t wait to put all the images together in one place to sum up how 2018 was for us”.
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).