The side project portfolio refers to projects that they are just starting, are minor ones, embryonic, or emerging ones. The emphasis is on the process rather than the finished product in an exhibition or photo-book.
These kinds of projects can be ones that are unstructured, lack direction, or are still vaguely conceptualized. This mean that, though the project has some good images, it is unclear where the project is going; what the narrative is — if there is one; or how the images /or text will be pulled together into some kind of future unity. Vagueness is a characteristic of a side project. In the more formalised understanding of the art institution they are notebooks or works-in-progress.
There is some context and background to the idea of a side, emerging, or work-in-progress project on the Light Paths blog. The basic aim of the portfolio is to give a more stable presence to a work in progress than that offered by the ephemerality of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, or even the Light Paths blog.
Gary Sauer-Thompson’s side project is the Long Road to the North. This is both a work in progress and vague where this project is going. It’s current form is based around walking with camels in South Australia’s northern Flinders Ranges.