Saturday, February 20, 2010

10 Great Photography Projects - Create Photos that Nobody likes

Create these photographs on purpose, not by accident. There is a standard easy route and it is enjoyable to create good expectable photos that everyone admires. But do they really speak to what drives you as an artist? Find a subject, theme, or whatever and develop images that speak to you and that others just don’t understand. When this happens, you are creating your own art and this art is not always to be consumed by the masses.

Difficulty: harder than you think. There is this voice, or is it many, that seem to constantly guide to the safe and predictable routes.  Find the rebel voice and create your art. This means breaking the rules about composition. If you want subject small and in the center because it speaks about the isolation then this is what works for you.

The image below, while it does have shape and it may make you wonder about form, is all about the texture of the veins on the dead leaf.

Some banana leaves had dried on my indoor tree. The leaf had great texture but with the house background, didn’t work well.

This is a close up of leaf against interior wall before conversion to B&W above. The little bit of colour on wall is from a rainbow prism in window.

These new types of photos are meant for you and you alone. Freeing you from any sense of confinement or limit imposed by those wonderful masses.

At this stage you are no longer bound by standard convention of what is acceptable but by what drives your passion and creativity. You will be surprised that after a period of time, a theme or good collection of photos will emerge that you could probably hang in a gallery.

Rust on Water Wheel

I once asked a local junkyard owner (purveyor of historical charm) if I could photograph objects around the yard.   So much metal, rust, wooden objects and basically odd parts that it was like a candy store for kids.

To make this effort into a project, produce 10 final photos that you enjoy for whatever reason or desire.  The objects you are photographing could, because of the texture, patterns, lines and shapes, have hidden meanings and as a set it might unveil something. Take the image below as an example, which is some grate work in that refurbishing yard.

Grate Covers

There is a reaction I get from the pattern of lines and elongated holes. The split between the top 2 grates and the different texture of each create disharmony.

Round rings in rocks

The ring patterns formed in the Ottawa River, which were originally stone pillars, eroded down over the eons.

One of the challenge sessions at my camera club was to produce 10 photos on the word ‘Dark”.  The photo below was from one of the set and showed the handle on my old but still working barbecue. It doesn’t have to be pretty to fit a theme.

Black Barbecue

How about looking at a scenery from a different perspective.
The photo below is looking up at one beam of a steel covered train bridge.

Bridge with Many Angles

Some images, as with the blue coloured tubing and ceiling, if shown to your friends, they may politely say interesting or neat, but I am sure they just don’t comprehend why I might find this an interesting photograph.

Blue Industrial Ceiling

Even landscapes, done at what may seem resembling bad lighting, can have their own compelling moods.

Many Colours on Fall Pond

Niels Henriksen

Photographer Showcase

Darrell Larose

A Good friend and long time member (webmaster) of the Camera Club of Ottawa has now finally transitioned to the photo blogging sphere.  He does great portraiture photography and his latest articles demonstrate his talent.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello Mr. Henrikson
I just wanted to tell you that the round rings you photographed in the rock underneath the Champlain Bridge in Gatineau are actually fossillized impressions left by blue-green algae. These structures are called stromatolites, and they are built when the algae is covered by sand grains and then grows up and through the grains to reach the sunlight. This cements the grains together, and creates a mounded, rounded structure. These ones lived during the Ordovician Period, around 450 million years ago. They are only produced currently in very restricted ecological zones of the world, like the super saline Shark Bay in Eastern Australia - they can be seen all over the Ottawa area, but nowhere is such an expanse visible during low water as this great location. Beth McLarty Halfkenny, Earth Sciences, Carleton University


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