I have been searching for my next project... and I think I've found it; thanks to a friend and my last blog post (A Different Light). The project is really a social experiment of sorts; using my Facebook wall to post photos accessible to not just my friends but to the public at large. The challenge, my real challenge, is to post one photograph a day for the next year.
With tens of thousands of photos in my library, I could do that easily without taking another photo during that same period. So, I've tightened my rules somewhat; they must have "artistic merit" (generally not a family snapshot) and I cannot have posted them on Facebook, in that edited version, at any point in the past. Note the "in that edited version" - that's my "get out of jail free" card. If I can edit an older image (like my Vermont Barnyard) such that it looks significantly different, it qualifies. In fact, that would probably be my preference. To find something new in something old.
Now, I have to assume that I will not always be at my computer and ready to edit some obscure image into its next incarnation. So, I can - and will - post pictures from my iPhone, if necessary, to fulfill my "picture a day" commitment. Again, not my preference, but I do have a couple of iPhone images that I am quite proud of and I do know that some photographer's have chosen to use their phone cameras exclusively. My daughter's friend, Ty, in particular. I have been to his site and most of his images are quite original and very impressive. A phone camera is, generally, convenient, simple to use, has great picture quality and even has some basic editing software available. It also has the added benefit of being so ubiquitous that it is usually "invisible" in most situations, lending itself well to street photography.
The "wall" project sounds like fun all on its own but I think it will also be interesting to see if it generates any additional traffic to my website. I think the whole idea, for me, began to germinate when I had a discussion with our Marketing VP (alas, from my real job). He is intent on using social media in the company's marketing plan and I was offering my "two cents worth". Social media is a marketer's dream; essentially, people providing the details of their lives and preferences voluntarily. But, somehow, you've got to tie it in with what you are trying to sell. Or, at least, leverage it to boost your "presence" in the marketplace. Boosting my presence... that's my plan and I'm sticking to it!
The good part, for me, is that the logistics of image posting to Facebook have been greatly facilitated by Lightroom 4's publication function. I just had to set it up by providing my Facebook id and password and then tell it which of my photo libraries to use for posting. It, in turn, set that library up as a collection in LR4. I can then move any photos I want into that collection and click "Publish". Bam! There they are on my Facebook wall.
Are you ready? There's no telling what I might post over the next year - be afraid, be very afraid. Or be excited, I am!