My photo project for 2018

Last year my hubby and I were striving to fulfil a 12-month photo project with a theme (such as buildings, people, contrast, etc.) defined for each month. When the project was nearing its end, we both wanted to continue together somehow and started discussions about how to do that.

Of course, we could just come up with new themes and continue in the same way this year but it didn’t seem attractive any more, we longed for a change. After a few heated but eventually constructive debates we agreed on an assignment interesting and inspiring for both of us so here is the project we would like to work on and fulfil this year.

– Chanovice – former castle used as an elementary school (2008) –

Let me explain first that administration of the Czech Republic is divided into 14 regions as demonstrated in the map below. The coloured area shows the Pilsen Region where we live.

We’ve chosen 12 municipalities in the Pilsen Region, each for one month as shown below. We are going to visit and photograph the towns and their close surroundings belonging under the towns’ administration. We’ve chosen places we consider appealing and worthy of more than one visit, some of them we partially know, others we’ve never been to.

Here is the schedule:

January … Žinkovy
February … Horšovský Týn
March … Žichovice
April … Chudenice
May … Konstantinovy Lázně
June … Kašperské Hory
July … Manětín
August … Chanovice
September … Sušice
October … Nýrsko
November … Nečtiny
December … Bezděkov

And here is a map where you can see distribution of the selected places within the region. The numbers correspond with the months so 1 = January = Žinkovy, etc.

The aim of the project is to improve our photography skills, to get to know better the area where we live and to visit the places repeatedly within the particular month to have more time to explore and capture them.

– Kašperk castle by Kašperské Hory (2008) –

Just like in the previous project, at the end of each month we have to publish a post presenting the assigned place. I will post just my photos here, you can see them under the label 12-month photo project 2018, my hubby will post his photos on his blog. The number of the presented photos is not determined this time but all the presented photos have to be taken within the assigned month.

– Nečtiny – vault (2017) –

I am an ardent advocate of photography projects of any kind. There are so many possibilities… This is just a yearly project but I can imagine that it could grow into something bigger. And I can clearly see how the themes from the last year’s project influenced me, how they opened my eyes and my mind and with that experience my next photos will be better than they would be without it.

I hope that even though this project is local, it can inspire you to use your camera more often, to get to know your local area better, and to build upon your knowledge.



  1. I’m so happy that you two had this debate 🙂 and came up with such a great plan! and that you included wonderful maps, it will be very helpful … have fun on the new photo quest!

    1. Susan, thank you. It was quite a tough debate, fortunately with a happy ending. 🙂
      I expected that the names of the towns and region would tell nothing to most of those who might read this post so I tried to add some visualisation, I’m pleased you like it!

  2. It sounds like a great challenge, guaranteed to send the two of you together on road trips and photo shoots. So it’s a two-fold blessing…time with your hubby and time with your camera. There are so many things worthy of photographing in the community where I live, but I just don’t get out and do it. I’m feeling a bit of inspiration after reading about your 2018 photo challenge. And I agree with Susan about the maps. Definitely a help for those of us who don’t know much about the Czech Republic. I love all the images you included in this post, too!

    1. Linda, that’s true, it’s a 2-in-1 package… 🙂

      I have no photos at all from some of the places on the list and just a few especially old ones from the rest so I’m really looking forward to visiting these places and looking for photo opportunities there. The only exception is Žinkovy which we visited and photographed repeatedly but just a small part and there is more to explore. It was interesting for me as well to highlight all the places in one map.

  3. You’ve come up with a good challenge, Petra. I like seeing the maps you’ve posted which show the regions you’ll visit and photograph. What fun to have a partner who loves photography too. My husband is so patient with me and my camera, but he rarely takes photos himself. Happy 2018 to you. I look forward to your travel photos!

    1. Barb, thank you, I’m pleased you like the project. I’m very glad that my husband and I created a team, especially as I know that photographing in the same place together doesn’t mean coming up with the same images at all. We can grow together in this way which feels special. Having a patient husband at your side when photographing must feel special too! 🙂 Wishing you happy and creative 2018.

  4. First, I like that you do these projects together with your husband. What a wonderful way to spend time together, do something you both love and talk about it. The new project sounds like a good one – there is always so much to discover in the area where one lives, and I believe when you put your focus on that you make many new beautiful discoveries.

    1. Carola, it’s wonderful indeed to have this opportunity to spend the time with my husband and do what we both enjoy doing. We visited Žinkovy today and brought home some photos we took and it was so interesting to compare what each of us captured. I love this aspect of those different views.

  5. 2018 is going to be an exciting year for you both! Your weekends are going to be busy. My husband and I both like photography, but have separate interests in what we shoot. He is more into scenery and structure, and I mostly shoot nature.

    I am looking forward to seeing your work!

    1. You’re absolutely right, Sandy, this year is going to be another exciting year in terms of photography, and I’m looking forward to it. Neither of us specialises in what we photograph, we are still in the stage of exploring and trying different things which enables us to share this adventure.

      I hope you’ll like what I’ll come up with! 🙂

  6. This sounds like an excellent and exciting project for 2018. I’m looking forward to the beauty of your photos and to learning more about the Czech Republic, which I know little about. I also look forward to seeing how you and your husband approach the project, each in your own way.

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