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The biggest challenge for anyone involved in cre-
ating work is not coming up with ideas; it s thinking
inventively about the process.
Commercial considerations, daily routines and most
lethally, success, all contrive to kill adventuring by
Iteration is often confused with innovation as the
whole i2i grant funding initiative so amply demonstrates,
and the joy of discovery, so tightly bound into the
prospect of dismal failure is often the first casualty
of that error.
Thinking creatively without embracing the potential
for humiliating disaster is not thinking creatively at
all.Of late, I've been reconsidering my approach to my
work, the commercial assignments, the editorial
work, even my personal projects.
The one thing that they all have in common, regard-
less of how I rethink and reengineer the techniques
I use, is that they are a driven by purpose.
They are images with a destination, a final use and
an intended audience that I hope to please, or at the
This shouldn't be surprising. Pointless photographs
are pervasive these days, with an overabundance avail-
able on social media channels, so getting someone's
attention with an image really should begin with an
idea that's suitably limned by robust technique and
attention to craft.
But is that all a photograph should be? What if an
image is unharnessed from specific purpose and exam-
ined on its own, a picture for photography's own sake,
an image that justifies itself with the details of its
By mid-December last year, those were the questions
I wanted to answer when I began putting pedal to the
metal for the 2015365 project, which began quietly on
January 01 with an image captured in the first hour
of the new year.
From the start, I'd set myself some specific guidelines
for the images. Each day, I'd
take five photographs specif-
ically for the project, selecting
one for posting.
At first, I imagined that I
would shoot with any camera
I happened to be using, but as it turned out, I've shot
all the photographs with my phone, a Samsung S4
and that too has become a part of the experience.
The S4 is never far away when a picture possibility
presents itself and the restrictions of the medium itself
present their own opportunities and liabilities.
I normally shoot in manual mode; a habit formed
in the first 20 years of my career when I didn't own
a camera with any other option.
Now I'm learning what camera phones do in full
auto and how to photograph with that in mind.
I normally shoot with a zoom or a very wide prime
lens, so a fixed focal length lens gives me a very specific
window for my images, the equivalent of 31mm on
a full-frame digital camera. It's close to my preferred
focal lengths of either 20mm or 40mm, but not quite
the way I tend to see things normally.
In full sunlight, I can only see the rough outlines
of what I'm photographing, so getting a feel of how
the camera sees the world when I'm guessing at framing
is also something that I'm getting used to.
Even posting the images called for their own strategy.
I was yea close to making a debut on Instagram with
the project, but I don't like the idea of having a format
for an image thrust on me. I may have shot square
format film for years, but the idea of doing that digitally
just felt wrong.
The work is being posted to a subsite of my main
domain on a Wordpress gallery (http://ow.ly/IhigY)
and pushed out to social media from there.
It's not the best or even the smartest way to court
public opinion on a project, more like throwing a dart
than discharging a shotgun, but the measured approach
suits the slow evolution of the imagery and the growth
BMW has patched a
security flaw that left
2.2 million cars, includ-
ing Rolls Royce and
Mini models, open to
The flaw affected
models fitted with
software, which uses an
on-board Sim card.
The software operated
door locks, air condi-
tioning and traffic
updates but no driving
firmware such as brakes
or steering, BMW said.
No cars have actually
been hacked, but the
flaw was identified by
German motorist asso-
found the cars would try
to communicate via a
spoofed phone network,
leaving potential hackers
able to control anything
activated by the Sim.
The patch, which
would be applied auto-
matically, included mak-
ing data from the car
encrypted via HTTPS
same security commonly
used for online banking,
"On the one hand,
data are encrypted with
the HTTPS protocol, and
on the other hand, the
identity of the BMW
Group server is checked
by the vehicle before
data are transmitted over
the mobile phone net-
work," it said in a state-
This should have
already been in place,
said security expert Gra-
"You would probably
have hoped that BMW's
engineers would have
thought about [using
HTTPS] in the first
place," he wrote on his
"If you are worried
that your vehicle may
not have received the
update (perhaps because
it has been parked in an
underground car park or
other places without a
mobile phone signal, or
if its starter battery has
been disconnected) then
you should choose
"Update Services" from
your car's menu." (BBC)
Building visual muscle
of the collection.
Daily photography exercises aren't new by any
means, and the web is littered with other photo 365
projects. Most are efforts by new photographers who
are keen to get into a rhythm with their hobby.
Like many of the resources available to everyone
with a camera today, there are ideas among them that
experienced photographers can explore to their ben-
It just demands a willingness to set aside regular
rhythms and key into a new beat.
Woodbrook park swing. Day 20 of the 2015365
photography project. PHOTO: MARK LYNDERSAY
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