Take a Photo a Week For Fun

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Photo: Photographers Gallery

Taking a photo is a mental exercise; it involves walking slowly, looking about, and observing the world around you. A new project called the Street Photography Now Project encourages you do just that--every week.

It's so simple: once a week you get an email with an instruction for a photo topic. Participants around the world have six days to upload one favourite picture. That's it.

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Photo: B. Alter: Look for the stars

The Project started in October and will run for 52 weeks. You can join any time. It's not a competition although at the end one stand-out photographer will be chosen.

There are a number of well-known street photographers involved who have contributed weekly topics and who will be critiquing and commenting on the images posted to the Flickr groups.
The aim is to "build a global community of photographers exploring the rewards and challenges of documenting public life."

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Photo: flickr group: Never Overlook a Cliche

Some of the topics have included: Never Overlook a cliche, Get lost in a thicket of signs and structures, On your knees please...take a picture from floor level, and Photograph Like an Assassin, suddenly and silently.

Street photography is a special genre of the art. Its subject matter consists of the stuff of everyday life: pictures of the streets, parks, bars, museums or buses. The best ones are spontaneous and change something commonplace into something special.

Walker Evans, the great American photographer summed it up best: 'Stare. It is the way to educate your eye, and more. Stare, pry, listen, eavesdrop. Die knowing something. You are not here long.'

In today's digital society, photos transcend nationality and culture. That's why this project is so fascinating: seeing the interpretation of the weekly topics by people from all over the world.

Join up now, and start looking around.

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