Fifty Portraits

at 50mm, of 50 people like me


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Taking a little break

I’ve only just realised how long it is since my last post – I’m long overdue a few words to explain my absence !

At the moment I’m taking a short break from the project as you have probably already realised. There’s two reasons for the break :

1 – I’m busy !

As well as my family and equine portraits which you can find over on my main website I’m busy providing commercial photography services for smaller businesses. Added to that I’ve re launched a personal blog, Definitely Dreaming, and I’m currently busy writing an online photography course for beginners (if you want to be updated on that just sign up for my newsletter here, you’ll get a free mini guide to photo projects too). So with all that going on Fifty Portraits has to take a backseat for the next few weeks, I’m perfectly happy with that since it was always meant to be done at my own pace and never be a burden.

2 – I’m worried !

I love this project, I really do ! I’ve got to meet some really interesting people (33 of them so far) and hear their stories of what they do and how they came to start their business. I’ve learned about so many types of business that I would never have come across and I’ve enjoyed every single minute. So why am I worried ? Because one day it will end, and although fifty seemed like quite a daunting task at the beginning when I didn’t know if anyone would take this seriously and I had no idea how I would persuade so many people to volunteer, at 33 I feel like the end is getting a little too close ! I know 17 will take a little while longer but realistically I could very easily finish long before Christmas. But I don’t want to ! January and February are traditionally my quieter times and I know if I finish this year I’ll miss it so much after Christmas. So its time for a pause and a slow down so that I can still be working on it in the New Year.

If you have volunteered and I haven’t yet photographed you please don’t worry. I’ve got a list of everyone who has been in touch and I will contact you at some point to make arrangements.

If you haven’t volunteered but would like to please send an email to jb-photo@hotmail.co.uk and tell me a little about your business.

I’ll be back soon !

 

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I’m still here !

I’ve realised with a bit of a shock how long it’s been since my last post and thought I’d better add an update just so everyone knows I’m still here and haven’t abandoned the project ! It’s been a busy summer and autumn, each time I’ve looked in my diary and thought I could book someone in for the following week something has come up and the weeks have just flown by.

This project was always intended to be something that was purely for pleasure and never a burden. It doesn’t have a deadline so I’m not beating myself up about the long break but I have missed it, I’ve missed meeting all these wonderful people and hearing their stories. So I’ll be back in action and hopefully very soon.

If you have already volunteered I will be in touch at some point but feel free to drop me a reminder if you like. If you haven’t volunteered but would like to be one of my Fifty Portraits please drop me a quick message via my website by clicking here, I’m keen to hear from anyone who has been so passionate about a hobby that they have created a business from it no matter how large or small that business is.


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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.
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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…


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Just a little (hopefully !) delay…

Well last week I was all excited and raring to go with a couple of volunteers ready to be photographed. Unfortunately both ended up not being available and this weeks been a little busy with people booking in for beginners photography training so I haven’t had chance to fit anyone in. So after what seemed like a fantastic start I now feel like I’ve stalled and its a little frustrating, I do expect this to be a long term project but I’m itching to get it underway !


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What a response !

Well its just a few days since I wrote my first post calling for volunteers, I shared that on Facebook and Twitter and with just a couple of days had thirteen willing volunteers with another three on standby that are just a little too far unless I happen to be in the area. I really expected to just have two or three subjects lined up and then be appealing for volunteers again once I’d photographed those – thirteen will keep me going for a good while !

I’ve such an interesting variety of businesses that’s its going to be such a pleasure to shoot and share, there’s a passionate cook with a B&B, a quilter, a baker, an angel mystic, a tiara maker, a vintage trader, a card maker, a community artist and a writer to name a few. Oh and of course there’s a photographer 😉

Next week I’m off to meet and photograph my first volunteer, a lady recommended by a client who has since become a friend. Completely unknown to me she ended being almost on my doorstep, in fact just a five minute walk away. What a small world !

I’m still recruiting volunteers, so please read the previous post and if you fit the bill and would like to take part you can contact me via my business website www.jbroughton.co.uk.