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One year with Sony Alpha cameras and ZEISS E-mount lenses. Developing my own photographic eye in a in a scratch book manner. Hunting the stream of inspiration and sharing it through a popular blog platform.
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Waypoint three: Sunday photography

Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/8.0, 1/60sec, ISO2500, raw Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

Sony A7 & ZEISS Loxia 2/50 – f/8.0, 1/60sec, ISO2500, raw
Photograph by Toni Ahvenainen

In previous posts I've already described two of my photographic goals regarding this project ('the dark frames' and the family photo documentary stuff). The third waypoint is 'Sunday photography'. With this term, the Sunday photography, I mean a playful and creative approach to photography, which is common to all of those who love photography – we just snap coincidental things, uncommon moments and other odd subjects, not to capture or build masterpieces of them, but just because of the love of it and to see how they look when photographed. It is a way of playing and feeling good about your photography – without preset goals.

So, I have access to this superb Zeiss & Sony camera setup and I'm just going to wander around and shoot random subjects, you may ask. Well, the answer is a kind of yes – because I believe that sometimes good photography experiences asks for a playful approach. To refresh one's visual imagination one must sometimes leave the target orientated ways and start playing, experimenting and exploring with the subjects. I believe this kind of playful approach can be beneficial to anyone's photography and I would love to come to a point where I can enter into any place or situation and always come up with some interesting images (a relative expression really). It takes a certain kind of creative eye to see the different possibilities and I believe the possibilities exist in any place. While I exercise this kind of approach far too little in my photography, the Sunday photography is my way of changing this and developing my photographic eye with the aid of play.

So these are the three waypoints that are going to guide my photography during the year 2016. At least this is how I see it today at the start of the project and one, of course, never knows what the year will actually bring. The three waypoints also share a common denominator which is the need of finding and making my own photography guided by my own photographic eye. While there are many genres and common visual motifs to master in the world of photography, I feel that photography is most pleasing and meaningful when it reflects the life and vision of its maker. Therefore I want to spend this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, not to stress too much about taking the full advantage of the equipment I'm using, but to photograph things that (1) reflects my inner vision (the dark frames), (2) are important to me in my life (family photo documentary stuff) and (3) make photography fun and playful (the Sunday photography). With these goals I want to use the photography to attach myself deeper into my life and perhaps to see better what makes it good and meaningful. What could be better way to start a year than this.