I’m in Singapore and this week’s theme is red. Which is perfect because, with Chinese New Year next week, there is no shortage of red around the city. I took a walk to China Town to photography my favourite coffee shop: Nanyang Old Coffee.

Traditional Landscape

Self Portrait

It’s week 1. This is me in my office with my hipster lights. I love them.

52 Photos

Happy New Year. I’m really excited about 2017. It’s a prime number… oh, and I’m turning 30. Big year! I’ve spent the past few days thinking a lot about the year ahead and my goals for it. I don’t believe in New Year’s resolutions (because they don’t work) but I do enjoy the opportunity to review the last 365 days and plan the next.

In terms of creative focus, I’ve decided that I want to take more (and more interesting) photos. In 2014, I tried to take one photograph a day for 365 days. It started out well. I shot and posted for 52 consecutive days and then I gave up. Ultimately, it was just too much of a challenge to shoot, edit (obsessively) and post every single day.

In 2017, I’m trying something different. 52 photos, one per week, with a different theme each week. Chris Cunnington introduced me to Dogwood Photography’s 52 week challenge and I’m going to do it.

The schedule cycles through three broad areas of photography: Portrait, Landscape, Artistic. Each week there’s a different specific theme that touches on one of these topics. For example:

  • Week 1: Portrait – Self Portrait
  • Week 2: Landscape – Traditional Landscape
  • Week 3: Artistic – Red
  • Week 4: Portrait – Headshot
  • Week 5: Landscape – Black and White
  • Week 6: Artistic – Candy

If you’d like to join me, I’ve made an OmniFocus-compatible Taskpaper file, a public Google Calendar and a CSV file of the challenges.

I’ll post my photos here, on Instagram and Twitter. Keep me honest.

8 Links for Jan 15th, 2016

It’s the terror of knowing
What the world is about
Watching some good friends
Screaming ‘Let me out’
Pray tomorrow gets me higher

  • A very sad week. We lost two absolute titans: David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Bowie died just two days after releasing ‘Lazarus’ from his final album ‘Blackstar’. The Telegraph called it a ‘parting gift in a cleverly planned finale’.
  • Alan Rickman, the award-winning actor famous for playing Professor Snape in Harry Potter and Hans Gruber in Die Hard, passed away at age 69. He too had been suffering from cancer. Whether on film or the stage, his distinct voice and presence were unmistakable. BBC News shared early responses from his friends and family.
  • President Obama delivered his final State of the Planet Nation address. His speech set out a vision for the future and looped back around to his core concept of the ‘politics of hope’. Vox Media has a great 4-minute edit of the hour-long speech.
  • Netflix has rolled out internationally, but NBCUniversal says they don’t feel threatened. Alan Wurtzel says he doesn’t “[…] believe there’s enough stuff on Netflix that is broad enough and consistent enough to affect us in a meaningful way on a consistent basis.”
  • I promise I’ll stop talking about Star Wars after this (no I won’t) but you have to read VFX Supervisor Roger Guyett’s interview with Studio Daily. It’s a fascinating discussion of how they balanced practical and digital effects in The Force Awakens.
  • Apple has unveiled bold new plans for iOS in Education. This is huge news for schools using iPad in the classroom. Catch this special episode of the ‘Out of School’ podcast for more information.
  • And finally, Stephen Fry welcomes us to the UK. Perfectly British.