Is there any better way to ring in the new year than by setting an extremely daunting goal? A goal so outrageous that you yourself even wonder why the hell you are doing it. This year I am making one such goal, a goal that I know will be brutally trying at times, yet (hopefully) rewarding in its difficulty. My goal is simple, at least in concept anyways. For the next 365 days I will shoot a single focal length. That focal length will be 23mm (on APS-C, 35mm on full frame) and will be shot using one camera, the new Fuji x100T. That’s its, nothing else. No wide angle, no macro, no zoom, no glorious 56/1.2, nothing but 23 measly millimetres and my own two feet.
If I had to pick what about this project is most worrying for me it would be my typical subject matter. I have three young boys and they occupy a large chunk of my photographic free time. I take pictures of them at home, at school events, sporting events, and on and on. With only a single focal length at my dispersal I can foresee times of extreme frustration mixed in with moments of sheer panic. My goal is to get past this initial phase and enter what Steven Kotler describes as the flow state. A state where the focal length and I become one. An indistinguishable melding of man and machine. I don’t shoot at 23mm, I am 23mm!
I should clarify I don’t just sit at home and take photos of my kids in the rare moments they are sitting still. I do get out and shoot some landscapes, street, etc. on occasion. These realms of the photographic world don’t cause me anywhere near the panic however, as they seem perfectly tailored for the focal length I have chosen. It’s missing important shots of the kids, and facing the ramifications of such when my wife asks to see the photos, and sadly, the photos do not exist. The bright side is that with struggle we grow and that is the ultimate goal here. To grow as a photographer and hopefully not piss off too many people in my life along the way.
This was originally posted new years day on another site I had. Due to endless problems with that site I have moved it here. The lesson I learned from all his was in the future to avoid squarespace like the plague. I plan on posting weekly updates to this entry to keep anyone interested abreast of the challenges, and those “light bulb” moments, when I finally feel things starting to click. Thanks for joining me on this journey, only 365 days to go.