52 Magic Mondays: An original and evolving 52 week street photography project by Megan Crandlemire.
2016: New York City.
- "see" more
- be more present in the moment
- grow my creativity
- improve my photography skills
- face a few fears
- learn something about myself
- to be inspired (and hopefully share a little of that with others)
I read the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert in late November, 2015. Ms. Gilbert's general theme was that "ideas" are like little creatures floating around in the ether looking to be adopted, cared for, and helped to thrive. It was an interesting concept and inspired the name I chose for this project. Was this project one of those "ideas" floating out there in the universe, waiting to be nutured and explored (by me??). I have no idea. Maybe!
For this project, I let each Monday unfold as it would like. I have a general plan when I head into the city, but nothing set in stone. I have no idea how far I'll walk, who I'll meet and what kind of adventures I will have to photograph.
I update this About page fairly often (I'm editing it today after Week 34's trip). The project has been amazing overall. My photography is changing, my view of city life is very different than when I was the every-couple-of-years tourist in NYC. I feel different as each week passes. I profoundly realize that I see and photograph the city through "my life lens", which is going to be really different than your life lens. Where I was raised, educated, the choices I've made, my age, marital status, life as a parent, relationships, friends, pets, food, health, frankly even experiences with the weather (I'm petrified of tornados after living in the midwest) all influence my experience and photography of the city each week.
Perhaps you'll find some inspiration for yourself in this project. If you choose to do a photography or creative project, your life lens influences what you create. It's easy to look at other people's work, admire it, criticize it, feel self-doubt that you're not as good as someone else, not as creative, didn't see "that shot" or paint "that painting". Ugh. It's endless. But you are you. I am me. We all get to create. There's no right or wrong, and what you like today you might not like tomorrow. That includes what you create, what you enjoy looking at out in the world, and what others create as well. I can be my own worst critic. FOR SURE. I work on not judging myself every day.
On this website, I include images on the weekly blog pages to simply document the day, images that are artistically creative, and my general thoughts about what I see and experience. I've created Collections on the site with images only; the collections grow after each week's visit.
I truly appreciate everyone who takes the time to look through the pages.
About Megan Crandlemire
Megan is an award winning photographer based out of Connecticut. When she's not wandering the streets of New York City for 52 Magic Mondays, she offers headshots, portraits and family sessions in Connecticut & NYC.
Learn more at http://www.mirrorlessreflections.com
Megan is also the founder and president of Starboard Digital, a website design firm she started in 2004.
Learn more at http://www.starboarddigital.com
Email: info "at" 52magicmondays.com
Or leave a comment, there's a box at the end of each 52 Magic Monday blog page.