I have begun to work on a new photography project. There are millions of ideas out there. People write blog articles that are designed to assist photographers in searching for inspiration. I've read through them. Some are fantastic ideas, others don't suit my style of photography while others just are not feasible given my current lifestyle. That's not to say they are all great ideas. You really are only limited by your own imagination.
It took me a long time to choose a new focus for a project. I struggled to find an original photography project that would grab the attention of people. I wanted something that would appeal to a large range of individuals. I finally settled on the decision to collect and photograph antique sporting equipment. The inspiration came after observing my husband in his favourite past time. He likes to collect baseball and hockey cards. His favourite ones are the old cards. He studies them, looks carefully at the old equipment and comments on how it changes over time. I thought to myself if he is fascinated by small cards what would people do viewing the equipment in a larger format?
This inspired me to study some of the gear we have around the house. We have an old baseball glove and bat. The texture in the wood bat is intriguing and the glove is beautiful in it's simple and rustic design. I then completed a google search of sporting equipment images. There really weren't that many images. Certainly none that really focused on shooting the equipment as art. There were stock images, etc. but they have to be shot differently than an art photo.
I then put out a request to friends and family looking for antique gear. People have been very kind many said things like.... "Oh, I had some old gear and I threw it away last year. Now I wish I had held on to it." Others are bothering their parents for items that were left in the basement ages ago. It's been fun watching others try to hunt for old treasures. There's regret when they can find the item, and pride when they do find the item. They hand over their items and often discuss fond memories from their childhood or stories their parents tell about the pieces.
Overall this has been a fantastic project. I am still looking for items. So if you have something you would like to lend me by all means just contact me. All items are treated with love and I always provide the donor with a print of their item.