A Challenge for Booktography
Amidst the many challenges available to book lovers, the focus is predominantly on reading. Some of us want to read more diversely, some want to read more, while others want to delve into particular genres on a deeper level. Georgie and I are hosting a different challenge for book lovers. Bookish Scene: Project 52 is about photography and showcasing books to fit weekly themes.
Examples of thematic book photography can be seen from the Mise-en-scène feature that we both hosted this year. Bookish Scene: Project 52 takes this one step further as an official 2016 challenge. We are opening sign-ups today, so if you’re interested, enter your name and link at the end of this introduction post.
How to Participate
Participation is open to everyone who has an online platform to share their photos. These entail blogs, Instagram, Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter and the likes. The hashtag to use is #BookishScene.
Since weekly contributions can be very spread out, we ask that you add your links to the weekly posts either on Georgie’s or my blog. That way everyone has easy access to all the participating photos and a gateway to more interaction. Our weekly posts go live on Fridays but you may share your photo anytime within the coming week. Link-ups are open for 8 days for each theme.
For the Love of Books and Photography
What do you gain from participating? Fun and community surely top the list. We can discover new books and make friends with fellow book lovers. Bookish Scene: Project 52 also is about improving our photography skills. By committing to a Project 52, there’s one weekly photo you’re encouraged to put a little more thought into. Having a theme will get you thinking about composition, lighting, mood, etc.
We’re Giving Away Tips
In terms of rewards, Georgie and I will do a bimonthly round-up to pick the top 3 contributing photos from the previous two months. The winners will be get to have an informal “how-to” chat with one of us. These will be geared towards improving your book photography and to some extent photography in general.
There Might be Twitter Chats
One thing we haven’t finalised is the possibility of Twitter chats. We considered hosting them on a quarterly basis as a means for participants to connect, share tips and tricks, and talk ideas with one another. We aren’t entirely sure how that should pan out. That’s why we’d love to hear your suggestions! What would you like to see in a Bookish Scene Twitter chat? Let us know in the comments or tweet at us!
To help you prepare for January, we have a handy Bookish Scene: Project 52 card for you. Feel free to share this card on Instagram, Twitter, your blog or any of your chosen platforms to spread the word. The more bibliophiles take part, the more photos we’ll get to admire.
Sign up for Bookish Scene!
If you would like to participate in Bookish Scene: Project 52, please fill out the sign-up form here.