December is always a rather grim personal creative time, I look back on a year of very little creativity or projects and realise that when I don’t set myself forced deadlines I really do nothing. While wallowing in this I came across the below tweet from @iamashley
I’m up for it. Always enjoy starting a creative year with daily photos, maybe this is a good way to end a stagnate one.
So with a suitable kick up the butt I started to bring my camera with me on walks and work. Below are some of the lunch time adventures and late night dog walks that I documented. I am hoping this creative kick will finish my year as I plan 2019 to begin, full of projects, creating great personal content and not wallowing in December 2019 about what I could have done. It’s not much but at least it’s something, one day I may even actually edit my photos…
It’s a new year and a chance to creatively refresh. As you know I often do monthly projects, these often end up rushed, uncreative and forced.
This year I am going for something different. I am going to set a list of goals that I want to achieve over the next 12 months. In whatever order or time and with anyone. That’s the important bit. I’d love to collaborate with more people on projects.
If you see anything from the below list that interests you or have an idea for a project and need someone to collab with let me know.
Make a film and submit to festivals. (Really enjoy writing, filming and editing and don’t do enough of it outside of work)
Design and make a shirt. (Said I would do this last year and failed)
Do a photography project on portraits. (Project already planned, a double exposure portrait snap)
Launch a website product (have the idea just need to learn some backend)
Will I ever learn? Every year I come here and write a blog post with some wonderful plans for a New Year ahead, full of photography, filmmaking and exciting art projects.
This year was a break from the 12 monthly projects, a chance to relax and get away from the forced creativity that would enable me to do bigger better projects.
I did nothing.
Only thing of note this year outside of a very creative job was my photography from New York. To be honest, I was rather pleased with a number of photos I took.
More importantly, let us look externally at things that I thought were awesome in 2017.
Travel location – Brooklyn, New York
Such an amazing city which I didn’t expect to enjoy as much as I did. As a simple country boy, I never imagined I’d see places like this and get to stay with some amazing people and go to Coney Island looking for Warrriooorrrssss.
Albums – Top 3
Any year that has Ed Sheeran as the most streamed artist isn’t a good year in my books. Still, some banging tunes came out this year. These three albums contain some of my favourite tunes.
Special shout out to Wolf Parade returning with a massive album
Feature Film – Tony Erdmann
Again, I did not go and see enough films this year. The top pick for this year is reliant on you enjoying super dark, long and German films. If not give it a miss.
Short Film – Glue
Between the amazing follow shots, the awesome jazz soundtrack and some serious pow pow, what’s not to love.
Advert – McTavish Surfboards – Dirt Nap
Only came across this recently but it’s gorgeous. I do enjoy a visually amazing ad, it’s like perfume ads, you see them and you’re just like “wha??” but it’s a visual representation of a smell, how could it not be “Whaaaaa??”.
Sporting event / Venue – West Ham Vs Bolton, Olympic Stadium
This was a bit of a grim one. We got trashed, was a horrendous game but it was so much fun. The stadium looked majestic as we walked up to it, the chants were hilarious and the sleeper train home to Glasgow afterward was a delight.
Documentary – Right To Roam from Patagonia
Another recent discovery but a really inspiring one from Patagonia. When you live in Scotland sometimes you forget how amazing the freedom of walking, camping, and exploring is in this gorgeous place. Well worth a watch and yes snowboarding again, it’s playing on my mind perhaps.
TV Show #spoilers – Twin Peaks: The Return
Easy one for me, enjoyed this weirdness immensely. Such a visual and audio treat. Could have done with less Dougie Jones but you had to go through that to get kick ass cooper.
Beer – North Sea Stout from Pilot Beer
Drank a lot this year but this recent beverage has peaked it. Sea water in a milk stout, it makes no sense but tastes yum.
Hard to find a more iconic representation of all things NYC. Those images from 9/11 are some of the most shocking and memorable. The fire engines flying into the smoke and debris, knowing full well the risk and danger ahead of them.
I am hoping to do some art projects like this daily images during 2018. Get in touch if you have an idea for a project or if you just fancy making something.
I don’t often take self-portraits. Nobody wants to see photos of me, or even by me, I suspect. Puts me off doing monthly projects and often even posting photos. Today, however, was a really inspiring and encouraging day, learned some great new stuff and got me thinking about doing some random art projects in 2018. Watch this space.