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

Ideas into Pictures

Our newest challenge, “Ideas into Pictures”,  comes from one of my favorite photographers Cig Harvey.

As I was thumbing through The Photographer’s Playbook in search of a new challenge, I was pleasantly surprised to find an entry from Ms. Harvey. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m a big fan of her work for both the simplicity of her images and the emotional reaction she is able to invoke in me. I admire her seemingly effortless combination of text and photo. Each of her images are a glimpse into a story, a mystery, an unfinished poem; they’re pure magic. If I could achieve half of what she is able to achieve with my own work, I would be thrilled. Continue reading Ideas into Pictures

Object a Void Dance

I have always been, as much as I can remember, a person that receives words in a very literal way. Were I younger, I would say, I’m literal to a fault. However, time having passed, I’ve learned (almost) well enough to allow for some figurativeness in how I process words. (All the time. Assume everything is figurative. It’s the only way to survive.) When I read about the recent photography exercise on the Stuck in Plastic blog I was really excited to participate. It spoke to me in a very literal way. (Or I interpreted it in a very literal way, again, always.) Continue reading Object a Void Dance

Reiterlied takes another photo challenge

I took Kristina’s challenge of making an exact copy of a photo because it was something I have been wanting to do for a long time. Shelly’s latest challenge “sum of the parts” was about storytelling with two pictures. Even though I’m usually not the kind of person to partake in new year’s resolutions, I decided that in 2016 I was going to work on my storytelling in order to try to find my own red thread in my photographs. So this latest challenge was something I definitely had to do as it would force me to spend time thinking about the story rather than the photos. Continue reading Reiterlied takes another photo challenge

The next challenge – can photographs tell the truth?

It’s my turn to pick a new challenge from The Photographers Playbook. This challenge is called “truth and dare” and is written by Gregory Halpern. The challenge is to

“Make a short series of purely object photographs.”

And what we shall ask our self is if photographs can tell the truth? Or as Halden put’s it:

“We know photographs can “lie”. Is it possible for them to tell the truth?”

I’m really looking forward to see what comes out of this challenge. I’m already wondering: how does a purely objective photograph look like? And can I do one? I don’t know but I’m looking forward to try.