An exact copy with an absurdist twist

A couple of weeks ago Kristina challenged me to make an exact copy of a photograph by one of my favorite photographers. This simple challenge took me down a very different path than Kristina.

I understand the premise of learning by emulation, and I realize it’s a popular method towards mastery of photography, but it’s a method that makes me very uncomfortable. I have seen too many cases of emulation (especially in the toy photography community) that turn into ownership, to purposefully walk down that road. Continue reading An exact copy with an absurdist twist

Photo Challenge #1 – Words

I’m here to tell you about my experience with Photo Challenge #1; adding words to a photograph. As Kristina mentioned earlier, the relationship between words and images is complicated. While we might be trained to read the words first, a picture is also worth a 1,000 words. With these two competing concepts in mind, how do I choose words worthy of an image? Continue reading Photo Challenge #1 – Words

Make an exact copy of a photograph – a photo challenge

We started a new series of photo-challenges here on SiP when Shelly asked me (and herself) to write about our work. This time it’s my turn to look in The Photographers Playbook and choose a challenge. I thought I would take one that involves photographing this time 😉 The assignment I have chosen is one by Takashi Homma, and at first glance it may seem easy, but I think we’ll struggle with this one, because of my experience of trying to make photographs like the photographs I admire. Continue reading Make an exact copy of a photograph – a photo challenge