Following on from last years successful ’24 Mobile Photographers Til Christmas’ series and to celebrate the forthcoming festive season and another year in the timeline of Mobiography I have decided to repeat the series and showcase the work, thoughts and insights of 24 talented mobile photographers. Each featured photographer has inspired and supported me in one way or another during the course of the past 2 years and I will be asking them to offer an insight into their photography, to reflect on their year gone by or plans for the coming year ahead.
Each day until Christmas Eve we will be featuring one photographer in a sort of online advent calendar so to speak.
Today’s featured photographer is Lee Thatcher
Do you have any exciting photographic project plans for the coming year ahead?
I wasn’t quite sure what I want to do with regards to photography in 2015. I have a few themes I would like to work on to build better more cohesive bodies of work. Instead of just going out and shooting for on single theme I think I will take a tip from the master photographer Ralph Gibson. When he shoots he has a number of projects that he is working on simultaneously. He will shoot a number of different themed images knowing that they will build upon a project that is already started. I think this is useful as it doesn’t create a tunnel vision and it keeps the mind open.
I also think that in 2015 I will take a tip from the photographer and blogger Eric Kim, I’ll slow down with posting images to Flickr and Instagram and work on quality rather than quantity. I the past it has been useful to keep a regular posting schedule, but it has also caused me to post some images that I perhaps regret posting. I want to build a body of work that I am proud of and can enjoy. To achieve this I think it’s important to slow down. That doesn’t mean to stop shooting regularly, it just means to question the photograph deeper and be prepared to admit to myself if it’s not the best that I can create and learn from it.
Thank you for your support and encouragement thought the year Andy. 2014 has been a fantastic year for me photographically. I’ve had the opportunity to travel a little and made some photographs that I really am proud of. I know I am heading in a direction that I’m happy with and I’m sure 2015 will be another good year.
I’ve chose this picture as it was a favourite of mine that was part of a project/challenge that was suggested by a friend Albert @MrBeardedOne early in 2014. Then challenge was to shoot 6 good street shots with a mobile-phone in 60 minutes. Sounds easy but I found it quite difficult. It made me consider the power and the benefits of challenges.