My advice for others looking to produce cohesive projects would be to start small and build up from here.
During A levels and university we were always taught start with 3, 4 or even 5 elements/photos/sketches etc, pause and start on the next project. Pause and reflect on the previous two and build up a journey between them.
I myself still stick to this. Start with a micro projects and build up over a period of time. My Cambrian Detox project I've pulled together, I never imagined would accomodate three expeditions and still be growing now. It started off as a handful of photos I took during my expedition to capture the conditions during the DofE Gold exped.
Other micro projects I have which won't go any further right now are "Slate", "Little Kew" or "Beast from the East" and these are literally 3-6 photos from days out.
In time "Slate" will expand and I'll add sand formations for example or "Beast from the East" will combine with other snow imagery from the area so each micro project will interlink in same way but could be over the course of a year or even two years.
Just be sure not to set yourself unreasonable time frames but set however big a project you wish but if it takes you 2 days or 2 years to complete, the process you'll go through will still result in a project you're proud off and ultimately you had fun doing it.
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Hopefully we'll see this featured image in a project in the future then! That's a good way of getting projects off the ground. Rather than consciously trying to think up an idea for a project you can actually compile the start of one from your existing images and build an idea around them to work on. Thinking back, I actually did a similar thing with a "Riverscapes" project that's in the works.
Obviously you've got a lot of cogs already in motion photographically speaking, but is there anything in particular you're working towards in the near future? What, if any, are you photographic goals for the year ahead?
I would hope so, thinking off the top of my head I have a number of extreme weather conditions around my home town so it might work within this but for now I am not thinking to much about it.
I find once you try to force something it's clearly not going to work, just let it be and give it time. Even if it doesn't work as a wider project and remains as a micro project it was still a fun days shoot with some great photos out of it.
I personally think it is and something I would recommend to others if they are struggling to start projects.
If you think back to how many individual photos you really liked or areas and conditions you've witnessed it's surprising how many you actually have. The problem then is you have to much content and trying to wittle it down. You should certainly pick back up your "Riverscapes" project, I would be interested to see where you develop it. I love seeing others thinking and perspectives on the environment.
There is a couple of bits in the pipeline which will be become clearer in the next coming month or so but again I don't want to ruin the surprises of it all so it's just something you will all have to stay tuned to find out more in the future but they're all exciting, that I can promise!
Photographic goals for the future and year ahead. Ha! This is a tough one, it's forever changing.
The beginning of the year I was going to be travelling more and visiting more locations which is still happening but other elements have come in too so it is forever chop and changing. The big goal is to build up a platform to start teaching, running workshops and continue teaching, working with more brands and covering equipment with my reviews and writing.
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Thanks for speaking to us Matt, the coming months sound very exciting indeed and we look forward to seeing more of your work!