As regular readers of this blog will know I recently completed my first photography project, ie a photo a day for a year, or ‘Project 365‘.
I’m taking a break from a photo a day until the new year but maybe I need to rethink the aim of the next project. Maybe I need a theme?
A fellow Flickr contact took a photo a day for a year using the same object in each photo. While I admire that I don’t think it’s for me because I’d be bound to go away for a weekend and forget the damn object then where would I be?
Recently I came across a photographer (Jennifer Sando) who had a photography goal of shooting a portrait of a favourite musician, Eddie Vedder, and used her photography to get noticed to reach her goal.
I’m an up-and-coming photographer based in Adelaide (South Australia) who happens to be a massive Pearl Jam fan. And I would like to take Eddie Vedder’s portrait. (Note that was “portrait” and not “snapshot”.)
I’m very conscious of the fact that Eddie will be doing two solo shows here at the end of March. So I’m striving for an opportunity at that time. Yes, I have tickets.
Until the concert, (which is 84 days away), I will be uploading a black & white photograph every day to spell out the fact that I REALLY want to take Eddie’s portrait. …
She reached her goal and got to take Eddie Vedder’s portrait when he came to Adelaide earlier this year. She wrote:
…this was more than a portrait quest for me. It turned out to be a life-changing journey with major rewards, a big finale, and a new perspective on life.
I couldn’t find anything about what her new perspective on life is. Jennifer? Perhaps you can tell me? I’d love to hear it.
The only reason I know about this project is because Jennifer was at The Gov (an Adelaide music venue and pub) a while ago taking photos one Saturday afternoon of a uke gathering I was at. You can see the photos here.
I think an aim like this is admirable. It gets you doing something you love, to achieve something you want to achieve. Food for thought.
Hi. Thank you very much for this. To answer your question about having a changed perspective after meeting Eddie: it was a few things rolled into one, but mainly it was the decision to move into music photography, and gave me light on the kind of photographer I want to be, and then there was the simple realisation that if you put your mind to something, you can really achieve it. Also, no matter how impossible/unattainable something or someone appears to be, if you ask, and if your intentions are true and good, and if things are aligned, the universe will give… Lastly, there was something about our meeting that strives to make me more accepting of others. (That one is a little difficult to explain but I think that should do it for now. :)). Thank you again.
Thanks for responding to my question. I really appreciate it. I like how a dream can become a reality and a passion for something can have great results.