Podcast 34 – “Reflections”

After a busy month of podcasting, it was fun and refreshing to reunite with Kristina to discuss our latest theme, “Reflections.”

Kristina was the perfect person to discuss reflections and toy photography with. She did a whole photo project around reflections last year, and explored them with Shelly this summer. As always, she gave me much insight and I left with a deeper understanding and appreciation for the theme.

In addition to sharing our interpretations and looking at the guest submissions, we had a fun time chatting about what we’ve been up to lately with our photography and how good it feels starting and completing photo projects. We even go on a few fun tangents – like our thoughts on the Moon landing and watermarking your photos. It turned into quite the podcast episode!

You can listen to it yourself at all the usual places, as well as on this post. And don’t forget to scroll down to see our photos, and the wonderful interpretations of our listeners!

My Photo

Like Shelly, I believe that every photo you take is a reflection of you. I chose to approach that quite literally for my photo this month. What other layers do you see?

I based my photo on this iconic shot of Buzz Aldrin from the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

Kristina’s Photo

Kristina’s interpretation was informed by her work, which recently brought up questions of our relationship with technology. What do you think this reflection is telling us?

Listener Submissions

Each month we’re amazed by the photos you take and love discussing them on the show. We always wish that we had more time to discuss each one! Below I’ve embedded the three images we discussed on the podcast, and you can check out their other entries here on Instagram and on G+.

Catflection by PA (@barnatoys)
Dead Faces in the Water by Demarcation Media
“Knowing that Australia is home to the most number of venomous snakes in the world, Todd is extra careful with where he places his foot.” by Janan Lee (@spideygoeshygge)

This Month’s Theme

Thank you for listening! I had a lot of fun with this theme, and hope you did as well.

Our theme for this month is Fear! If you’d like to participate, tag your photos #tp_fear and tag both myself (@thereeljames23 on Instagram, +JamesGarica23 on G+) and Kristina (@kalexanderson on Instagram and here on G+).

What is your interpretation of the Reflections theme? Do you think we captured it in our photos? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below!


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  1. These themed episodes just keep getting better and better! Once again, thank you for all the kind words about my photo! I definitely see what Kristina was saying about Sam’s eyes and I didn’t even think of that at all. I guess I was going for the moment right as he looks down. I loved the little side talk about space and it was really neat to hear what the space race was like from Sweden. I agree that the fake moon landing theory is kinda ridiculous and it also seems somewhat disrespectful to those who died in the space program. Your astronaut picture is top notch James! Kristina’s image is superb as well and I really like how it has so many layers to it, even if some people won’t see that. I’m looking forward to taking pictures for the Fear theme. It’s going to be a challenge for me because I’m not a person who goes for horror type stories/photos. Usually if there’s a scary creature/place, I want there to be a hero who’s ready to fight the fear somehow. We’ll see how it comes out!

    • Thanks Zee! Your image was great, and I didn’t think of the eyes either until Kristina mentioned it. I love that she always brings new details to my attention!

      I too am struggling a bit with the fear theme, even though I’m taking black and white horror photos for October. I love that you want to insert a hero there. And I think that could be an interesting angle! Is the hero facing his fear (therefore making him heroic)? Is he fearLESS? The possibilities are endless and I look forward to seeing your interpretation!

      As always, thanks for listening and participating. It truly means a lot to us 🙂

  2. PA (@barnatoys)

    Million thanks for your kind words on my Catwoman picture. I’m very glad you guys like it. To have an idea of How I shot it, it is almost the same setup than the second shot of the serie I submitted. I zoomed on the mirror and tried to find an angle that, as you describe, reflected an different thing on each broken part. It was a low angle shot if I remember well.
    Thanks again and I’ll try, to get as much inspiration for the next month!

  3. Janan

    What a great episode and really enjoy the conversations you two have. Thanks for the tip re: text in images Kristina. I hadn’t considered that before and sure will keep an eye in future!

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