Many of us are probably familiar with collections in the fashion and retail world, which are generally based on new releases and new seasons. Now showcasing the Donna Karan Fall Collection of shoes, accessories, ready-to wear, etc. with subsequent releases appropriately named Winter, Spring and Summer Collections.
Many of us have our own personal collections or know people who do: Memorabilia, dolls, travel souvenirs, stamps, character figurines from favorite movies, etc.
With photography, you can create your own collections of certain types of images. There are certain things that you can make a point to photograph where ever you go. Possibilities are practically endless–there are so many things that lend to being photographed continually- clouds, flowers, trees, street signs. Select some things that are interesting to you and take it from there.
Why have such a collection? For one thing, it can make for an interesting gallery in your home, and something you can continually add to. Visitors will check, after you’ve returned from your travels (local or elsewhere) to see what new image you’ve added. Additionally, you may decide someday to sell greeting cards, or art at your local street fair, and having continuity in your work gives some credibility to you as a photographic artist. You can also have you own online stock photo business and become known for the person who has pictures of xyz.
All you need to create a viable collection is basic photographic skills–knowing composition, lighting, sharp image capture, etc.–and having the mind-set where you purposely look for things to add to your collection. And who knows- you may get the inspiration to put together a book, create an inspirational calendar, or design a poster with the images from your collections.
What is something you could start a photo collection of?