At the beginning of 2014 I gave myself a project to post an image on my blog for each month of the year. The only criteria were that the photographs must be made close to my home, and during the month they were to be posted. The images could be representative of the place, the particular month, or both. If you have followed this from the beginning you may recall that the intention of the project was to help me out of the creative doldrums that I found myself in at the end of 2013. What it has actually done is more than that. It has helped me to understand the problem rather than just overcome it. I was trying too hard to come up with ideas rather than letting those ideas find me. Interesting subjects are all around us, all of the time. I was looking somewhere beyond and not finding inspiration as a result. Also, while I still enjoy photographing expansive landscapes, I sometimes find the smaller details within the larger scene to be more interesting. With this image for December, the project is now complete. I have some ideas for 2015 that will unfold in due course, but probably not in the form of specific projects.
This image was made right in my home, and for me it also represents the month of December. A wood stove may not appear to be very interesting but I like the way the internal parts are framed, first within the uncovered opening in the top of the stove, and then again within the photographic frame. The geometric shapes together with the contrasting tones and textures also make this an interesting photograph for me. The reason it represents December is because the stove gets a good workout whenever the weather is very cold, even more so over the holidays when visiting family insist on having a wood fire burning.