Welcome to this challenge that’s called «The Changing Seasons 2016». As most of you already know, there are two versions to choose from this year; the original (V1) which is purely photographic and the new version (V2) where you can allow yourself to be more artistic and post a painting, a recipe, a digital manipulation, or simply just one photo that you think represents the month. Anyone with a blog can join this challenge and it’ll run throughout 2016.

The bikes in Bjørvika
The bikes in Bjørvika

To join the challenge, you simply decide which one of the versions you’ll go for (it doesn’t have to be the same version each month), create a post in your blog and publish it sometime between the 20th and the end of each month.

These are the rules for Version 1 (The Changing Seasons V1):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post 5-20 photos in a gallery.
  • Don’t use photos from your archive. Only new shots.

These are the rules for Version 2 (The Changing Seasons V2):

  • Tag your posts with #MonthlyPhotoChallenge and #TheChangingSeasons
  • Each month, post one photo (recipe, painting, drawing, whatever) that represents your interpretation of the month.
  • Don’t use archive stuff. Only new material!

This month, I decided to go for both versions, one of the reasons is that I thought it’s a good way to start this challenge in 2016, another reason is that until the evening of the 19th (that would be the last night before this post went live) I couldn’t come up with any good idea for a composite image. The days before that I felt that I had to shoot some photos like a back-up plan. Since I run this challenge, I can’t really just skip a month – especially not the first month of the year!
Luckily I did come up with an idea for V2 and you can view the result after this gallery of January 2016 photos:

V1:

V2:

P1030782As you can see, my entry for V2 is more artistic and for me, this image has several meanings/interpretations:

  • Because of the cold temperatures and high pressure, the air is really bad: dry, cold and extremely polluted. On some days asthmatics and old people cannot go outside. We’re not supposed to do any sports activities either on the coldest days because of all the pollution from the cars (especially diesel run vehicles).
  • We’re past winter solstice, so the days are getting longer and there’s more light, but it’s still a dark and cold month, meaning that most of us spend a lot of time inside. This can make you feel depressed. Also the lack of sunlight and sometimes vitamin D, can make you even more depressed. The next holiday isn’t until March/April (and that’s really depressing!).
  • January is usually deadly freezing where I live. For example it takes forever just to get dressed in the morning: since I ride my bicycle all year around, I need lots of layers of clothing.
  • Hey there blog-reader! Insert your own interpretation here.

Despite all this, January can also offer ice skating (depending on the amount of snow and the temperatures) and that is a fun way to stay fit!

If you want to read the introduction to this challenge, you can find it in this post: https://cardinalguzman.wordpress.com/2015/12/14/changing-seasons-introducing-2016/

Last year many people joined the challenge, but not all of them managed to finish – kind of like going to the gym in January: it’s always packed with people, but after the summer you have the gym to yourself. It doesn’t really matter if you can make it through the whole year or not, because it’s not a competition and you probably wont get a diploma. Please remember that the tagging ( #MonthlyPhotoChallenge, #TheChangingSeasons) is very handy if you run your blog on WordPress (Create a list and follow tags in the wordpress reader).

For those who decide to join in on the challenge this year, I’ll add links to their posts here (just like last year):