Phestive Photo Challenge Winners!

Please join me in celebrating our Phestive Photo Challenge winners! Last month our G+ community contest had a holiday theme. The idea was pretty simple: create a photograph that celebrates your personal holiday tradition. It’s the 2017 Phestive Season, and we want to see what that means to you! Is …

The Devil is in The Details

You’ve probably hear of the popular idiom: The Devil is in The Details. We decided to put it to the test for our November photography challenge. As Tony explained in the original challenge:  Often details are overlooked by a viewer’s conscious observation, but they still add to (or detract from) an image. …

September Photo Challenge: Music

Todays post features the winners of the September photo challenge: Music from our G+ Community. We want to recognize our grand prize winner, some of our favorite entries as well as thank everyone who participated. Photography challenges are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. That’s why every …

The Inspiration Challenge

It is probably not a shock to anyone reading this that I believe toy photography to be a very creative art form that is full of creative artistic people. One of the most blissful times in a creative person’s life is when inspiration hits and creativity flows thru them like …

Lightness: A Photo Challenge

Our most recent photo challenge in the Toy Photographers G+ Community is Lightness. We want to see how you can express a word with many meanings through your toy photography.  Because the month is nearly half over; its time to get serious about the competition. For this reason I want to …

Six Degrees of Stimulation

Last week Shelly announced our new series: The Six Image Narrative. A new series? More like a new challenge! And a whole new process to come to grips with! With Shelly’s announcement fresh in my mind I spent last weekend thinking and planning. I took her advice and looked back …

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. …

Nostalgia

It seems like forever ago when I posted our latest photo challenge : Nostalgia. It’s been a busy couple of months which accounts for some of the delay, but not all of it. It turns out that when I look closely at my life and attitudes towards nostalgia, I’m not very nostalgic.

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …