The 52 x 7 = 2015 Project

The three churches, Mahone Bay

Readers not interested in photography can skip this post, but don’t worry, we have plenty of offshore voyaging stuff in the pipeline and this is a bonus post—it’s not part of our twice a week publishing schedule. OK, with that out of the way, I can write about my second favourite subject.

One of the best ways to learn to take better photographs is to set oneself a project. (I have been working on my Fishing North Atlantic project for some 14 years, but that is a project of limited opportunity—no fishermen or fishing boats equals no new photos for the project.)

So I have been looking for something that will inspire me to photograph more often and to really think about my art and craft over an extended period. The classic, particularly at this time of year, would be the 365 project, in which a photographer commits to make at least one photograph every day.

Good for some people, I’m sure. But I’m a travel photographer, focused on telling a story, not on just trying to get one good photo. Also, I know there will be a lot of days when I will be too busy with this site or our boat to have much creativity left over to make photographs, and therefore I would “just phone it in”, as actors say when they have not really engaged.

So I modified the classic 365 project and am calling my project the 7 x 52 = 2015 project—OK, just a tad arithmetically challenged, but we are talking art here. Read on to learn how this works and what I hope to accomplish:


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Meet the Author

John

John was born and brought up in Bermuda and started sailing as a child, racing locally and offshore before turning to cruising. He has sailed over 100,000 miles, most of it on his McCurdy & Rhodes 56, Morgan's Cloud, including eight ocean races to Bermuda, culminating in winning his class twice in the Newport Bermuda Race. He has skippered a series of voyages in the North Atlantic, the majority of which have been to the high latitudes. John has been helping others go voyaging by sharing his experience for twenty years, first in yachting magazines and, for the last 12 years, as co-editor/publisher of AAC.

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