It’s been a while.
Back at the end of 2021, I was very fortunate to be given a wonderful present, the book 52 Assignments: Street Photography by Brian Lloyd Duckett. Last year I wasn’t really very well for most of the time, so this book sat waiting.
Well it’s a new year now, so time for a new approach, and the first thing I did was dig out this book.
Will I finish them all in a year? Maybe. Who can tell what the future holds? I’ve given up on that. But I’ll certainly give it a red hot go.
That said, I’m already deviating from the order presented in the book. Instead of starting at project 1, I jumped ahead to project 2, which is rather wonderfully titled ‘Apocalypse Now’. The challenge is to think about how you could, in 12 images, sum up and capture the essence of the place in which you live, so that if we were all wiped out by an apocalyse tomorrow (the books lets you fill in those circumstances for yourself!), the people of the future would have a record of what life was like before it all fell apart.
I thought that was quite a wonderful idea, and a good way to start taking photos again, and so off I went. I decided not to focus on ‘Melbourne’, because that’s kind of too easy, and besides, I’m sure the people of the future would have access to the postcards of all the places I would have chosen.
So instead I decided to focus on my local council area – much smaller scale, but still hard to keep to 12 images I found. And here they are… let me know if you think they meet the focus of the task!