Welcome to the kick-off of the Mu-43 Book Club. For those of you who haven't been following along as this "club" has been forming for the past few weeks, our intention is to read and discuss a photography-related book and share our results and experiences along the way. The book we have chosen for the initial read is The Passionate Photographer : ten steps toward becoming great by Steve Simon. As the title implies, this book describes ten steps which one can take to nudge yourself to becoming a better photographer. We'll be discussing each step individually, so this discussion assumes only that you've read the first section of the book. Please hold off any discussion of later steps or of the book as a whole for later. My current plan is to discuss one step each week, but the schedule is not set in stone and will depend on how the discussion progresses. In an effort to keep the discussion somewhat focused, I'm going to break off a couple of ancillary discussion points from Step One into separate threads. To allow everyone to find and recognize all these threads, I'll be tagging each with "book club" as also starting each thread title with "Mu-43 Book Club." Step one: Passion: an inch wide, a mile deep The book opens with the author describing how his initial interest in photography formed around gadget-lust for a Zenit 35mm camera he spotted in a photography catalog as a teen. A bit later he actually purchased his first camera and started his career as a teenage stringer for a small local paper. I thought this story was interesting and I'd like to invite anyone who wishes to share their own story of how they caught the photography bug in [thread=32362]this sub-thread[/thread]. The author goes on to describe how he worked as a newspaper photographer for several years before beginning to feel as if he had reached a sort of plateau in his photographic development (no pun intended). At this point he decided to take on a "project" to help/force him to move outside his comfort zone. The project he came up with was to document the American states which border his native Canada, a project he titled "America at the Edge". He goes on in the chapter to describe several other examples of projects undertaken by other photographers. The main focus of Step One is to brainstorm such a project for yourself. Simon offers several ideas and ways in which you can approach this assignment. I'd like to use this thread to discuss the idea of the "photographic project", discuss any of the projects the author presented (or any you have undertaken yourself or read about or seen) and most importantly to brainstorm personal project ideas and help each other focus and direct those ideas. By the time this discussion is complete, I hope that each of us has a least one good, solid project in mind (or better yet, documented or underway). So at this point, I'll leave it to you: DISCUSS!