Sunday, June 10, 2018

Summer Projects

June 30 Day Film Challenge

I mentioned at the end of my last blog post, that I was committing to 30 days of filming for June with some fellow classmates of the Make Films: 12 course.

Determined not to fail, I have taken some extreme measures. I made a list of four daily prompts, compiled from four different photo challenge lists. This gives me a starting point for each day. I don't have to do all four, one or two are a great accomplishment.

I have written the four prompts on a 3 X 5 card for each day, and placed them right on my desk so I will see them multiple times per day. Usually by lunchtime, I have crossed one off the list, so the next day's prompts are moved to the front. This gives me time to dream up an idea for the next day.

I have also made a note in the app Evernote for each day with the four prompts. A reminder pops up every morning at 8 o'clock.

Most days I have multiple clips filmed for the day. This could present its own problem down the road, overload of too many choices or a five minute film.

Abandoned Artifacts

Each summer, I do some kind of photography project. Last year it was The Meadow, which extended well into the fall and taught me so much about photography, patience and good light.

June 2015

A few years ago,  I did a summer project of photographing items people left behind at the beach. This was before I knew to call this sort of thing a project. But I did find some pretty interesting things.

The other day as part of my 365 photography project, I posted a "find" on Flickr, where I am keeping my 365 photo album. One of the people that "follows" me reached out with a comment, saying she would love to collaborate on a project like this. So Kristine Ortega and I have decided to collaborate on the summer project Abandoned Artifacts. We are also inviting those who want to play to join us.

Fishing line

The rules are pretty simple.

  • Take a photograph of a "found by you" abandoned man-made artifact, preferable taken where you find it. But sometimes good light requires a mild adjustment :) 
  • Use whatever camera you have - phone, dslr, or point and shoot
  • Process however you want
  • Share it with us, and the story behind it, if you want. 
Fly in a bottle

Where you can share...
  • Flickr group - link is here
  • Instagram with the hashtag #abandonedartifactssummer2018
  • Pondering a FB group - trying to cover most social media.

By the end of the summer, I expect I will have a collection of mismatched sandals.

My goal with the project is to create a scavenger hunt for the summer. Something fun to build community, make new friends, share some stories, and get outside with your camera.


  1. Having 4 prompts to choose from each day seems like a really great idea. I like having prompts - I find I look at things differently or start looking for new things, and then try to figure a way to be creative. Having a choice, though, allows some flexibility to be able to take advantage of lighting... I'm hoping to join in on the abandoned artifacts project - I think it will be a lot of fun! I am looking forward to seeing some of your films from your current project!

  2. Prompts are such a good idea. The past few years I've read blogs that start off with a daily prompt, and wonder if I have the discipline to do this. It makes for some interesting photography. I will join in on your abandoned artifacts project, though. With my daily geocache outing (1029 days in a row so far), I always see something that's been left behind. Good luck on your June film project; it will be fun to see them.

  3. Sarah, what a cool idea about the abandoned artifacts. I will keep my eyes open whenever I'm out. Who knows, I might find something and can join. I love things like that.
    The way you work with your prompts is very efficient, I think. Great idea with the cards. Another thing I will remember should I ever decide to take one of those prompt challenges again. Thank you for sharing your system!

  4. I enjoyed your abandoned artifacts when you first did the series. I always think of you when I run across an interested abandoned thing! Love your idea with the four daily prompts! I may have to steal a few!

  5. I will keeping my eye out for items to join up with this. Fun! I have a flickr account but honestly never learned to navigate it. I'm not sure why it was so elusive to me.

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  7. Sounds fun. I have been admiring your artistic take on these artifacts! On that prompt card I would not have gotten further than chocolate!

  8. You're so wonderfully organized! The Abandoned Artifacts idea sounds like an interesting one! There's always something new and wildly creative to do in photography!

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  12. I hope your project is going well. My 100 Day Project has fizzled out... But if I find something good to photograph I will definitely join in. :)

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