Friday, 2 June 2017

Photo Journaling Week 3

Before starting any project, you need to choose your resources and gather them together. Starting and sustaining a personal photo journal is no different from this.

If you aim to go public with your journal by publishing it on line as a blog, then it all depends on your PC or device and the broad variety of blogging tools that are available. As there are simply so many variations this aspect is beyond my scope here. So, what follows today, relates to good old analogue [pen and paper] approaches.

Your toolkit of resources will have two main divisions: - the abstracts and the tangibles.

The abstracts concern your lifestyle and, as motivational guru Tony Robbins suggests, 'When you do the same thing, in the same way, at the same time each day for at least 14 consecutive days, then you create a habit that is hard to break'.

During 2015 this was my favourite seat for reading and writing
More simply, Woody Allen is quoted as saying, '90% of success is just showing up'. So right here and right now, decide where and when you can set aside at least ten minutes a day to devote exclusively to your project. Think about space, seating, lighting, noise, home or coffee shop, indoors or outdoors ... and anything else to define your space and time. Care is needed to avoid conflicting with the plans and lifestyles of anyone that you live with.

The tangibles are the hardware of your project, the nuts and bolts of the thing ... the stuff that you can touch, pick up, carry, hold and use.  Think about your pens, paper, notebooks, inks, camera, computer, printer and something to hold them all together. Have a clock or cheap kitchen timer to hand too as it is easy to get carried away with enthusiasm as you create your journal.

Your first thoughts will invariably be based on your prior experiences and yet, when you allow your mind to wander away, to the path less traveled, you may gain an insight or three which will affect your outcomes.

For example, during most of my schooldays a book to write in [Yes! They called them 'copybooks'] were quarto sized and skinny exercise books. In my early careers the norm was foolscap which gave way sometime in the 1960's to A4, My first series of self published books were all A5 for reasons of economy.

A few years ago I fell in love with the Midori Travelers Notebook concept. Then I found that the Field Notes approach suited my downsized lifestyle better. For my current 365 photo journaling project I chose an unlikely route, inspired by the books pictured below. All will be revealed a week from now, which should give you  ample time to gather your resources, both abstract and tangible.

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