Creativity thrives on constraints, right? Well nothing creates more constraints than a new baby, so after the birth of my daughter at the end of 2016, I had a think about how I could use the constraints created by the new lifestyle to further my photography rather than stall it. I decided I needed to set about a new project that I could do at home and that needed relatively little time – certainly not long stretches of time at once. Macro photography seemed a good fit.

I’ve always loved macro photography anyway – it’s one of the reasons I started out in photography in the first place. For me, it’s the ultimate demonstration of how photography can make you stop and take a closer look at the world around you. It also lends itself well to my style, with a strong emphasis on lines and patterns. Embarking on a focused project seemed like a good opportunity to learn more about macro techniques, improve my own macro skills, and produce a body of work in this genre.

This is an ongoing project with no end point defined as yet. Below is the current project gallery, although these are not necessarily the final images, either in terms of the selection or their treatment. You can read more about some of the images in the macro project sketchbook posts. I’d love to know what you think of the images and how the project’s shaping up – please feel free to leave your comments here below, or on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Flickr or 500px.

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