Hi all, in recent times there have been several large world wide photowalks and events that have become very commercial and have forgotten the purpose - photography and our enjoyment of it at any level that we may choose with whatever device we may choose.
So... I'm announcing a new world wide event New Year Photo 2014 - even though my influence on g+ is small compared to the massive players - maybe we can make a go of this, I'd love people to start sharing this and see how we go. Maybe some of the massive players might like to share it without commercialising to help get it going. More information and announcements will be found on the page +New Year Photo on Google+.
Most of us will go to new year parties or events or have the day off work on new year's day.
Photowalk OptionI'd love you to organise or attend a photowalk in your local area or city anywhere in the world.
Photo Story OptionPost images from your New Year celebrations telling a story. This could be about your celebrations or perhaps resolutions. Anything that tells a story without words.
New Year Self Portrait OptionShow us how you feel about yourself. Reveal your inner you.
Year In Photos OptionPost an album of images summarising your year in photography - or a year from your or someone else's life.
Community Photo Exhibition OptionGrab a public hall and invite your local photographers to exhibit their work. Become known in your community. Try your local high school for support and youth photographers. Share your experience in photos.
Community Story OptionA series of images that depict your community at the end of beginning of the new year.
Indigenous Story OptionHow are the indigenous people of your country faring in your local community - offer a set of images. Sometimes they might be people you'd never expect - one of my best mates who shares a local youth leadership role with me is part aboriginal - spending time with him changed my views totally. Seek them out and get involved. Share what you find.
Multicultural OptionA series of images showing the multicultural side of your community at the end of beginning of the new year. This will be a cool one to track over the years.
Thanks to +Hendrik Ebber for helping jell these ideas. If you've got other ideas, don't hesitate to share them - lets make this project as my friend +Charles Strebor would say #doubleplusgrand
You don't celebrate New Year on 1st January?Photographer +Victor Bezrukov tactfully reminded me that not everyone celebrates the new year with the ticking over of the year. Various cultures celebrate at other times for cultural or religious reasons. I don't see this as an issue, simply contribute to the project when it works for you. We all stand to live and learn from each other and I look forward to the results at differing times of year.
PhotographyWhy will this be special? Simple, it's all photography. No prizes (unless you want to do something locally). No commercial promotion. No sponsorship. No one person's name you have to circulate or circle (you will need to follow this page for updates) to get in on the event. No limits on your walk beyond your ability and imagination. No registrations. I don't want anyone's personal details and neither should you.
I'm hopeful that community spirit is still alive and well and the commercialisation isn't necessary for a successful annual walk project.
If you think this is a good idea please comment on the post, if you share it encourage people to comment on this source post so I get a feel for if it's worth going ahead.
If you'd like to be a walk organiser please let me know your city/locality so I can start to prepare a list. If you'd like to help coordinate then please let me know that too.
Prove to me that g+ really is still about community - please!
Brought to you by +Paul Pavlinovich and I hope a lot of others, otherwise I'll go back to hiding under my rock :).