Fifty Portraits

at 50mm, of 50 people like me

Two questions, no real answers


Last Friday I photographed and blogged Suzanne who is number 13 and on Saturday I was randomly struck by the thought that this means I’m actually a quarter of the way into this project ! I’m quite amazed to have progressed so quickly to this point.
There are two questions that I’m often asked when I talk about the project and one of them is how long it will take. The reality is that I really don’t know, I haven’t set a target because for me that would take some of the pleasure away. When I was planning to start the project in January timescale was obviously something that I thought about, I expected to have some difficulties recruiting volunteers and maybe I’d shoot one and then have a quite a wait before I managed to find another. Worst case scenario I thought would be to average one a month and then the project would take around four years, I could live with that, after all its only for pleasure and there’s no rush, right ?

Turns out I couldn’t have been more wrong about struggling to find people ! My first shout out for volunteers received a great response and I keep getting more all the time. There are 13 people live on the blog, three more to be photographed on Thursday and lots lined up – and by the way if you’ve volunteered and I haven’t yet arranged a date, don’t worry I will get around to you ! So how long will it take ? Well definitely not four years !! Possibly around 18 months, maybe more, maybe less – I’m happy to just take things as they come for now.

The other question I’m often asked is what I’m going to do with the project at the end. Its another question that I don’t really have the answer for at the moment. In a way I don’t need to do anything at the end, I’m sharing as I go and the blogs building quite a following. I’ve been quite surprised and more than just a little flattered to have been unexpectedly told by a number of people over the last few weeks how much they are enjoying following the project, seeing the pictures and reading the stories.

It would be a shame though not to mark the end in some way. It would be rather lovely to have an exhibition and see all fifty of these wonderful people displayed together. A book would be amazing too ! But who knows, I’ve never had an exhibition or a book and have no idea how to go about either of them but we just never know what the future has in store…


Author: Janet Broughton

Award winning lifestyle photographer working with horse owners, families and small business owners.

4 thoughts on “Two questions, no real answers

  1. Do both! and a book is easy to do with Blurb or Photobox 🙂


  2. At least an exhibition Janet! I’d also ask a third question, what happens when you reach your 50 but people keep volunteering for you, would you take it to 75 or even 100???

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    • Yes, I’ve decided that I definitely want to exhibit – with a launch party where I can invite the 50 plus others 🙂

      I’ve started to wonder a lot about what happens next, 50 will be cut off in terms of an exhibition but I may just carry on indefinitely !


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