Trying to refresh the enthusiasm for creating images, I set myself a challenge.
Walk for 4 minutes – + or – 30 seconds and stop.
60 seconds to frame an image and press the shutter – again + or – 30 seconds
Repeat 10 times.
This should have given an hour long walk, looking around at locations I may normally walk past without considering images could be created. Or not looking more thoughtfully at what opportunities appeared.
The concept was sound. The variation of + or – was due to climate and location. The walk would be from my residence around a local boatyard. The terrain can be ‘interesting’ due to the construction of a major elevated rail connection, requiring negotiation of a lot of deep, and very squelchy, mud. This being monsoon, the mud was deeper and squelcher. The allowance of time enabled me to avoid standing in some awkward, or very unpleasant, standing water.
The time also went for a burton on meeting people. India, unlike my home country of the UK, has people appearing from no-where to have their photo taken when they see a camera. This walk proved no exception. So, whilst the timings of my self constrained times went awry, the opportunity to create images of and with people was too good to miss.
This was my first ‘self set challenge’. I will be doing more. It forces me to look at the world around more carefully, spot new image opportunities, and, most importantly to me, provided an impetus toward thinking of, and viewing, the world around me more carefully. More intensely. I am expecting to create more and different images as I take part in more of these walks.