Photograph The Same Subject Every Week
Photograph the same subject every week for a set time, perhaps for a full year.
This project is better done with a landscape subject, rather than say, a still life.
The landscape will change every week, while the still life will never change.
The object of the project is to see the change evolving over time.
You can start this project at any time but you need to keep it going for several months at least.
That way you can see how things change at different times of the year.
The most dramatic changes take place during spring and autumn.
It will be best if you include one of those seasons, when you decide to photograph the same subject weekly.
When I started photographing the same subject every week
I started taking the photos I’m featuring here in January and continued through to the middle of the year.
So some of them were shot during winter when the trees are bare and things have a cool look about them.
Grass and evergreen trees and shrubs still look green this time of year.
The soil needs to be a little warm for growth, but not for things that are meant to look green.
Winter always seems to last forever, but it doesn’t.
Spring comes along, and things warm up enough for growth to restart.
Things that stagnated during winter come to life again and things that had gone underground, or under soil, re-emerge.
Daffodils are one of the signs that spring has arrived and that other plant life is soon going to follow.
The first of these photos 001, 002 and 003 were taken during winter.
The trees in the photos are all deciduous so there isn’t a leaf on any of them.
The trees without a leaf give the whole landscape a cold look at this time of year.
Moving on to spring
The most noticeable element of the landscape that changes between winter and summer are trees.
The dramatic changes start during spring and into early summer.
Flowers, like the daffodils in 004, are very noticeable when they’re blooming but not so when they’re out of season.
Trees on the other hand are always there, in the same place, but look so different with and without leaves.
Some trees begin to dress up for summer sooner than others.
In the photo 005 we see that the nearest tree is still in winter mode with little sign of leaves appearing.
Some of the trees to the back of the photo however are blooming, and are getting ready for summer.
The one on the right is beginning to look green, with the leaves already growing.
The ones at the back of the row in the centre, have pink flowers.
Many trees start their new year with a brilliant display of flowers, giving way to leaves in a weeks.
In Ireland that usually happens in May.
Trees in summer
There’s no greater sign that summer is in full flow than a tree full of leaves.
They go through winter with a defiant look, but in summer they just look proud.
006, 007, and 008 show the trees that were bare all winter now in their full glory, with a full coat of leaves.
Flowers are also at their best in summer, though some, like daffodils, are gone before summer.
Off course in autumn they can be annoying when they loose their leaves which end up piled in unwelcome places.
Who wants to think about that when we see them in their summer splendour like this.
Photograph the same subject every week is different to most of the projects that I suggest.
This is because it takes longer to complete, but it can be a very satisfying project.
Commit to the project
You will need to commit to doing it over four or five months at least.
If you do it for a whole year it’ll be even better.
You will also get the wonderful autumnal colours before the leaves fall also.
If you don’t want to Photograph the same subject every week, you could do it once a month.
If you are going to do that, then try and do it at the same time every month.
You could choose to shoot on the first day of the month, or the second Tuesday, or the last Saturday.
It doesn’t matter when you decide, but it will be easies if it’s a definite day every month.
If you don’t commit to a definite day it will be much harder to complete it.