Any working photographer knows the importance of creating personal projects. These are projects that come from the heart. Projects that might not have a specific end goal or purpose other than to fulfill one's photographic curiosity.
They are important because they encourage creativity and experimentation. It's incredibly freeing to shoot without restriction and the knowledge that it doesn't really matter if what you shoot sucks. I always aim to make great photos, but when I'm shooting for me, I allow myself to make bad pictures. They might just lead to something better.
With this in mind I have begun a new project. It doesn't have a title yet or really a definitive direction. It's simply an idea in it's infancy that I hope to expand upon and make more clear.
The inspiration for this project came during a stop at an abandoned restaurant in northern Pennsylvania. I had passed this restaurant at least a dozen times before and it always fascinated me. I finally took the time to stop and had a great time photographing the building. With this one visit I planted the seed for and idea to begin exploring areas of Pennsylvania I have never seen. Last weekend I took a road trip and explored some towns immediately to the west and north of me. I am still editing the photos from this first trip, but here is a photo from that initial inspiring restaurant. Keep an eye out for future updates on this project.
What projects are you working on?