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What is a Photography project

What is a Photography project?
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A photography project is a set of images arranged to tell a story. A project can be very personal. The stories they tell often include a deeper meaning which reveals the photographer’s passions, emotions and interests.

Research is the first step in creating a photography project. By starting with research, we can understand what other photographers have done before us, which can inspire our ideas and support our creativity.

A photography project is different from, simply, taking photographs because it allows us to build a body of work that focuses on a key theme, style or idea. It has other benefits too. It improves our creativity. It challenges us to learn new skills. It broadens our knowledge and critical thinking. We can develop our ability to tell visual stories by organising our photos into a beginning, middle and ending. By sharing our work with others we can get valuable feedback which will help us to improve our work in the future.

We can tell any sort of story in our project. We might focus on a particular subject or work with specific equipment or techniques. A photography project can be something as simple as the story of an orange, for example.

Collage of five images of oranges

We can tell stories about our daily life or stories about the world. When it comes to creativity, the sky’s the limit. Whatever you decide, make sure it’s something that you will enjoy and that means something to you.

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