PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Week 32 | 2015

2015, Photography, Project
PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Day 218 – March 15, 2015

PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Day 219 – March 16, 2015

PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Day 220 – March 17, 2015

PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Day 221 – March 18, 2015

PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Day 222 – March 19, 2015

PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Day 223 – March 20, 2015

PAD photography, photo a day, stroll photography, Wouter Brandsma, Ricoh GR

Day 224 – March 21, 2015

The above images reflect my previous week. It started alright, but ended in doubt and uncertainty. Too tired to think about photography, to tired to think about subjects, to tired to be interested in light. First I forgot to charge the camera battery, next I forgot to insert the battery. Then I forgot my camera and on the last day I almost forgot to take a photograph.

There is no particular reason why I started this photo a day project. It is more like I questioned myself why not to do it. The only clear idea I had was to go for color instead. Otherwise I didn’t set and still don’t have a goal. It has nothing to do with inspiration and fighting the doldrums. It has nothing to do with becoming a better photograph or to check all the lists posted on the internet. It has nothing to with gear, techniques, or whatever. It is still too soon to reflect on what I have done in the previous 32 weeks. Very often I don’t see anything, but it all can change in just a minute.

So this morning I thought about stopping this project. Just a change to leave my camera at home, but I also know there will always be that single moment throughout the day. I just love these moments.

All photographs by Wouter Brandsma


23 thoughts on “Week 32 | 2015

  1. Isn’t it enough to stop our rush through life long enough to see these beautiful moments? Yes, I think its enough. As always, thanks for the inspiration (for as long as you are willing to continue). Much regard. Jamie

  2. Well, if you do decide to stop the project or take a break (totally up to you, of course), you’ll do it on a high note. Some great shots, this week.

  3. I just got back from a 2 week trip, where photography was a big part of my time. But upon returning home, I didn’t pick up my camera for several weeks, I just was so tired of framing up the shot. And I think of you on your 52 week quest, Wouter…

    A wise person told me that there is strength in re-evaluating things. And if you need to do that, you’re not letting us down. Although I love to find your weeks worth of images in my inbox, you need to do what works for you. Take the time you need to decide your path, and know that the images you have shared so far have enriched your follower’s lives. And you can’t ask for more than that!

    1. I think the main difference is that photography is not 24/7 on my mind. I know that a 5 minute window throughout the day is enough to make a photograph. It would tire me down too if I would be constantly working and thinking about it.

      At some point evaluating is really important. Get a sense for what you’ve been doing and to understand it.

  4. I found day 222 affecting me and moving me in different ways. As an image, and as a photograph, on many levels. But also for things hidden between the lines. The idea of a gate being locked – and what may or may not lie beyond it, on the oner side … of the pathways we choose in life. It also reminded me of a letter which Hunter Thompson wrote, in 1958, in response to a friend who had asked him for advice on some decisions he had to make in his life. At one point in the letter, Thompson writes – “Let’s assume that you have a choice of eight paths to follow (all pre-defined paths, of course). And let’s assume that you can’t see any real-purpose in any of the eight. THEN — and here is the essence of all I’ve said — you MUST FIND A NINTH PATH.”

    For me, the photo of day 222 is quite beautiful – but it also reminds me that I, like you, like each one of us, do have a “Ninth Path” for whichever direction we’re going in, even if we think there are only “Eight”.

    As a personal aside, I’ve found myself looking forwards to seeing the photographs from each week of your PAD, each and every week; and though it’s my personal and subjective opinion, I hope that you continue them.

    1. Even day 223 and 224 was like feeling obstructed and finding ways to get out. I realize there might be this ninth path, but I (like all of us) need to figure out whether the other predefined eight paths are the answer to our conscious/subconscious quest or not. Maybe I was already on the ninth path and therefore decided to continue my PAD.

  5. I’ve found it surprising how much energy and imagination is required to simply find these brief moments – thank you for sharing such an intimate part of your interior life.

    1. I honestly find imagination not so much the problem, but energy certainly is a problem. One way to resolve that to actually photograph less. At the end of day I mostly come home with three to seven photographs mostly. It makes the editing process easy too.

  6. Wouter, last year I tried to shoot and post one picture every day, but gave up at day 100. I don’t think any of that 100 was worth looking at. I hoped the practice would make me a better photographer. Perhaps it did; I can see I have got better. But the effect was indirect. I think you’ve been smart to concentrate on color; it adds something to scenes that might well be boring if left unprocessed. For what it’s worth, I always look with pleasure at what you post. Keep going!

    1. If you that you’ve get better after 100 days of continuously photographing than it was worth all the effort Michael. The last years I predominantly photographed B&W, so it was a good practice to focus on color instead. I try to keep it going.

  7. 220. SO GOOD. Also, thank you for your vulnerability and sharing your true feelings in the moments when your less than 100% cause I totally get that and it encourages me to keep shooting.

  8. Being out there with you, Wouter, is an everday magical ride into the mundane mystery & deep into questioning ourselves. And suddenly the mundane mystery is all it takes to get me through another day when seen with your great eye, my friend!

    All the best & safe travels, Fritsch.

    1. Since we’re all part of the mundane we mostly are unaware of the hidden treasures. By questioning ourselves we might find some clues in unraveling it. Thanks Florian.

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