Silhouette photo challenge follow-up

Challenges are a great way to push yourself in new directions, discover new skills and keep the creative juices flowing. Unless of course you’re me. 

Earlier this month I posted a challenge to myself, and to anyone else in our community, to take on the task of exploring silhouettes in photography. The challenge also included a chance to practicing basic composition. This seemed simple enough and I started the month with the best of intentions. I’ve been wanting to experiment with silhouettes for a few months now and this was a good opportunity to turn intention into action. Continue reading Silhouette photo challenge follow-up

Lego goes well with everything – even beer

Go to your fridge. Pick up a bottle of beer. Pour it in a glass.

For the past six years, I’ve been running a regular photo project: #30days30beers. This project is a daily photo pairing beer with representative LEGO mini figures. Continue reading Lego goes well with everything – even beer

Nostalgic – the idea of what could have been

My first thought when I read the nostalgia challenge was that this one is written for me.

“As an assignment, create a photographic work that consciously wrestles with the concept of ‘nostalgia’ and photography’s unique relationship to it.”

My second thought was, I don’t even have to do this one because I’ve already done it. I do it all the time; I’m constantly wrestling with the concept of nostalgia. So many of my pictures with the troopers are connected to the theme of nostalgia. Or they are about being a parent exploring the world through the eyes of a child. Or they are about being a child longing for a parents attention or love. Suddenly I started to overthink myself: is this really the concept I wrestle with? I’m not sure… Continue reading Nostalgic – the idea of what could have been

Photo Challenge: Nostalgia

Our new photo challenge from the Photographer’s Playbook concerns nostalgia.

“As an assignment, create a photographic work that consciously wrestles with the concept of ‘nostalgia’ and photography’s unique relationship to it. The work can be made in any photographic form (although Cotton’s essay focuses on the black-and-white print, it is important to recognize that all forms of photography – color, digital, photograms, camera phones, screen grabs, found photography, collage, projection, and so on – are equally capable of nostalgic power.)

Because of the nature of the assignment’s focus, your imagery might explore notions of the past – immediate or ancient – whether it be photographic, cultural, personal, political, environmental, scientific, or otherwise. But be careful to avoid overt irony, over-sentimentalization, or ‘retro’ pastiche. Genuinely engage with this curious and oddly powerful human emotion through the photographic image.” – Aaron Schuman pg #309

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Make it Seem by AliceinCleveland

The latest challenge is a hefty one. It calls for a total of four different photographs that require a good amount of thought. I was happy to receive it a bit before I headed out for a couple of days that were designated for nothing but exploring an unfamiliar town with a camera. I had all of these grand ideas for how this time would go. I was going to focus on my theme of “fracture.” I was going to figure out where I want to head with photography. I was going to really experiment with Lego Minifigures. I was going to have these wholly profound moments of inspiration and creative omnipresence and the results from these two days were going to be amazing.

Some of that even happened too. Mostly though, normal (not amazing) stuff happened. Continue reading Make it Seem by AliceinCleveland

Make it Seem

This latest photo challenge, ‘make it seem…’, had me struggling from the get go which is why its taken me so long to post a response.  Like Kristina, I really enjoy these challenges. Not only can they push me in new directions, they often reveal something that is already present in my photographs. This challenge was no exception. Continue reading Make it Seem

A Photographic Labour of Love

I have before me 15 photo books from our 2nd annual Best of Photography book exchange. Each one is a photographic labour of love; each one is a testament to the talent and variety of photographers in our community. Continue reading A Photographic Labour of Love

Fracture

The latest photo challenge on the Stuck in Plastic blog was more about writing and thinking than about “doing photography.” At that same time, it was perhaps more about doing photography than the physical doing of photography. You can, do photography, for an extended time by walking around with a camera and capturing moments with the lens. It is very satisfying to do this. I believe though that eventually you need to start thinking and swimming in those thoughts if you want to continue on and not end up putting your camera on a shelf somewhere. There’s not “About 68,300,000 results” for the phrase “photography composition” because nobody wants to think and talk about doing photography. Continue reading Fracture

I’m a Seeker

Big surprise, I’m a seeker.

Yesterday I sat down and performed the exercise “Ideas into Pictures” that I proposed last month.  It was a wonderful 35 minute stream of consciousness writing experience, followed by another hour of brainstorming related action words.

I wasn’t surprise to see that my four pages of nearly illegible handwriting was dominated by a steady list of questions. I’m continually pondering those existential questions that rarely have answers. You know the ones I mean: Why am I alive? Who am I? What is my place in the world? How do I find meaning? What is truth? What will my legacy be? Continue reading I’m a Seeker