I’ve been carrying out project photography for approaching a dozen years now. By project photography I am referring to the act of capturing photographs which relate to a defined theme as opposed to a collection of photographs which just happen to look similar. I have a number of projects currently viewable on my website, but specifically Textures and Public Declaration are relevant here.
Textures is what I would call a relatively loose project. The images all relate to the project title, but there’s no overriding purpose to the project. I’m not making a social statement – I simply enjoy capturing textures.
Public Declaration, on the other hand, has almost nothing to do with the photographic quality of each image but instead focusses on depicting how people who write on publicly viewable objects are relating to how they interact with society.
These are both projects, but one is little more than aesthetic while the other has a well defined purpose. This second form of societal commentary project is often carried out but can be very difficult to search for and find online as they do not always provide that instant visual hit that a stand-alone photograph needs in order to be seen.
For this reason, at least in part, I am in the process of building a website dedicated to project photography in order to feature fresh and diverse work by a wide range of photographers from around the world. The intention is, initially, to feature one project a week. Each project will live on the website for twelve weeks before being removed to make way for further projects and gaining a single line entry in an archive list, with link or contact info where available.
With this in mind I am now actively looking for the first several projects to feature and will have those ready to go live, one each week, before the website launches. If you would like to have a project featured, please contact me. I am looking primarily for projects with a purpose, but will certainly consider predominantly aesthetic projects as well.