A Theme a Week Photography - Project 52 - 2012

A pine forest in the Highlands in Scotland
A pine forest in the Highlands in Scotland | Source

A theme a week! Sounds interesting, yes this is a photographic project, where I submit a photograph that I take during the week, based on the theme that is allocated for that particular week. This is the first project that I have undertaken as an amateur photographer. Since we have a list of themes, the members will get a chance to think creatively to create that real photograph based on that week's theme.

I really wanted a boost to motivate myself over the new year’s period while I was sinking deep into depression, and was looking to do things that could let me stay sane and motivated. The only thing I could look into that time was something in photography. I was researching on the internet and was too worried to join any projects. I saw people’s photographs and thought I was nowhere near their skills. I accidentally came across this project that was going around in Google+ and thought that I will give it a try as the team seemed so encouraging, helpful and motivating.

I was not well enough to jump into the project on New year’s day, but forced myself to start that project. I was giving the whole thing a second thought. At one point I thought, “I am giving up”. then again I thought, “Why not try?” at least give a start!

So picking up all the strength, I thought I was going to do it, no matter what. I took it rather seriously. I thought I needed this schedule of doing something every week, something that I am passionate about, something that will train me to keep up with deadlines, something that will keep me motivated and also something that will help me learn new skills and techniques.

The set up!

Google+ had their themes set up for the entire year, they did make a few changes to a few themes as there were concerns from members regarding certain themes that might not be possible. They had a deadline to post each week’s theme before 8 pm every Monday, local time. I have forgotten to keep up with submissions myself on a few occasions, and done the post late. During the month of May, as I was travelling, I could not keep up with the project, and completely lost track for a few weeks, but Google+ and the members were kind enough to encourage me and motivate me to get back on track. All thanks to them, I am back in the project!

How it works!

Members were asked to submit one photo every week based on the theme for that particular week. Recommendations are for work that is genuinely done by the member and taken on that particular week. On very rare occasions, when I did not get a chance to take a photograph based on that week’s theme, I posted one from the past. This project helps one to be creative, and sets a challenge, whilst helping the member to learn new techniques and skills.

This project is hosted by members of the project. There is no restriction as to what type of camera has to be used. It can be compact, bridge or DSLR camera or even the mobile phone. We are currently on the 39th week. So ¾ of the project is complete and I find myself looking back in awe, at the photos I have managed to post over the past weeks. It all seems to have happened in a short span of time, but, in reality, no, it’s 9 months of work! We still have 13 weeks left. The remaining themes look a bit more challenging, but I have faith that I will get them done.

The advantage!

The advantage of this project is, you get to see various other artists’ work and their point of view. Each theme might mean different to different people, and different people look at things in different ways interpret things in different ways. For example, what the word "Up" means to me or the way I interpret, will be entirely different from what it means to somebody else. You also get feedback from the viewers, so that is another bonus. So there is a lot to learn. I also sit down and reflect on my work, and think to myself, that I could have done it even better! Remember, I am still a beginner :-)

I hope you all enjoy this post as much as I did, putting in as much effort as I could and trying to be creative. I would also appreciate honest feedback from you which will help me get better and correct my mistakes! I have divided this project into 4 different hubs of 13 themes each to keep the hub simple, manageable and readable, with the last one having 14 themes, as we have themes set for all the 53 weeks for this year!


My entire project continues through the links below:

Please follow the following links to look through all the 4 parts of the project.


I hope you all enjoyed this presentation!

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

@epigramman , thank you Colin. I am so pleased tha you enjoyed reading my hubs and the liked the photos too. Hope you are having a good day. Sending you, Tiffy and Gabriel smiles and blessings.

Yes we are having a really warm summer and I am doing well. Hope you are well and the weather is fine too.

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epigramman 3 years ago

You are quite a renaissance lady - I think every time I read and look at one of your hub presentations my jaw literally drops open, lol, because you are such a world class writer and journalist and you always inspire me to greater heights as well. You are certainly someone to be admired for your intelligence and passion for life.

I am sending to you sincere good thoughts from Colin, Little Miss Tiffy and Mister Gabriel at lake erie time ontario canada 9:39pm and I am hoping that you are having a good summer so far and that you are also healthy and happy too

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi epbooks, thank you. I am pleased that you like them :-)

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epbooks 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Very cool idea and nice pictures!

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Duchess :-)

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Duchess OBlunt 3 years ago

Nice work livingsta! keep it up.

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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you so much Sueswan, you too take care, and thank you for the votes! :-)

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Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi livingsta,

I am looking forward to checking out your photography project.

Voted up and interesting

Take care :)

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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you for reading Isenhower33. Yes it is. I am learning a lot!

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isenhower33 4 years ago from Crothersville, IN

I hope its going well, Good post :)

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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Wow, thank you @teaches12345, that is a brilliant idea. I will start doing that from my next project. Thank you so much again! :)

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teaches12345 4 years ago

Nice theme post. I think it would be challenging to post creatively each week, but you have managed to prove yourself here.

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