Recently on the Big Bad Blog, we wrote about the guilt we feel when a project hits a snag. We are all about the projects, here at the Big Bad Blog, given that the Blog itself is a project. We do not like to fail at them.
The other side of the project coin is the inspiration side.
When it comes to photography, there is no end of inspiration available on the Internet — fantastic photographers sharing their work, professional photographers and their portfolios, legions of Tumblrs sharing the best of what they find, and horrible photographers who seem to nevertheless make a living as professionals in the field.
They provide new ideas and concepts to explore. A level to which to aspire, and the impression that I am doing something right.
But it is rare to find something which translates directly to my own photography project — The Maggie-A-Day. Hobbies are taking a back seat to the baby these days, and the best way around that is to combine the hobby and the baby. Additionally, I love taking photos of my daughter, and the feedback from friends and family who seem to enjoy the new direction my hobby has taken.
So Maggie, each and every day.
But, like any daily project is probably bound to do, Maggie-A-Day has stalled of late. There are too many days when the camera doesn’t come out. Procrastination or exhaustion eliminate the small window of time I have each day. A more specific inspiration — inspiration for the project — is more important, and harder to find.
It is hard to tell whether he approached photographing his daughter as a project, or simply took many photos of her over the years — he himself indicates that the significance of the photos were discovered retrospectively. But watching his daughter grow up and transform, through the photographs he presents of her, is remarkable.
So we would like to thank Mr. Radcliffe for reminding us why it is important to fight the exhaustion and make use of those few moments each day which are available for the project.