Kevin Meredith's latest offering is neatly packaged, cleverly designed and conveniently sized to keep in the camera bag - or at least the car.
"52 Photographic Projects" is a thought-provoking book for novice and advanced photographers searching for unusual techniques to push out the boundaries of their photography. It explores a wide range of ideas, from camera tossing (not a good idea with a Canon 1DS) to aerial kite shots; other suggestions include action sampling, light painting and jump shots.
In each case, the project is written in an easily understood manner that for the most part, stays well away from technical jargon. Its easy manner is undoubtedly helped by the author's more unorthodox entry into photography via an obsessions with compact film cameras, especially the Lomo - although he's no stranger to digital cameras, and his early involvement with the image-sharing website, Flickr.
He cheerfully admits that he learned many of the techniques specifically for the book and had no hesitation on calling on photographic colleagues, both professional and "super hobbyist" to make their specialised contributions. It's an approach that works to the reader's advantage because Kevin's infectious passion nurtures and encourages a keenness to experiment.
His outlook sits happily with my view that the camera is a tool and given a creative, experimental inquiring mind, the simplest of equipment can produce creative and individual shots. Rarely is it suggested that an expensive and wide range of photographic gear is a prerequisite to good photography.
The only issue I have is the title, since the "projects" are really "techniques". There are a few projects, but having decided what technique to use, the reader can get ideas of what to shoot from other sources, like photo-blogs and photography portfolio books, etc.
On reflection perhaps it should have been entitled "52 Photographic Techniques - Or Thinking Out-of-the-Box for Curious Photographers".