This really wasn’t a good week for me to try and photograph any kind of day-to-day routine because I was off work for three days. For a stay-cation at that. Because I hate working when the rest of the city is out partying and having a hoot of a time at Churchill Downs. I only went to the track on Wednesday… but I was off the rest of the time… and there were zero routines.
Hell, on Thursday I didn’t even take a shower. But I did what every person says they want to do on a cold, rainy day. That’s right. Kept my butt in pajamas, wrapped myself in a cozy blanket, and read books and watched movies all day long. It was glorious and I wouldn’t give those hours back for anything.
But come Monday… I got back into a routine… and back in the shower.
Settings: f/4.0, 1/60 sec, 35mm, ISO 1250
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM
I was torn on what to try to capture, so I took all kinds of photos of completely boring stuff. Like laundry. And piles of work notes. And a bowl of Cheerios. Even a doggin who refuses to not be my shadow. But my bathroom photos were my favorite.
Mike took an awesome photo of me blow drying my hair last August when I was shooting a DITL for a workshop and I wanted to see what I could capture on my own this time. Unfortunately, the deaf dog did not hear me drying my hair (Get it? Deaf dog joke! Never gets old!), I set up my timer for ten seconds and just dried it like I normally would.
What I like about this image is that my robe is in focus while the slower shutter is catching the movement of my out-of-focus hair. The cabinet on the left balances the dark tile on the right, and there’s lines running along the background of the image. I did convert it to black and white because the light in the bathroom was heinous, but it picks up the textures of the objects a little differently than the colored version did.
I’ve had a lot of bad self-portraits, but this series turned out nice. No complaints here.
Week 20: Anonymous Portrait
A portrait without a face leads to an imaginative story. So what kind of story do you want to tell?
This week we’ll be taking portraits of people, but we’ll be more inventive in how we photograph them. An anonymous portrait is one where the subject’s identity is hidden; usually their face is turned away from the camera or blocked somehow, making it anonymous. You can focus on another body part, like their hands or feet or back. (I ask that we keep it clean as we have a “safe rating” on Flickr and unsavory images will be removed.) Play around with lighting and see if there’s a way to hide someone’s identity by creating shadows or shooting a silhouette. Or find a prop that lends itself to your theme.
If you’d like some inspiration, I recommend the Anonymous Portraits Flickr Group – the photos vary from documentary to highly artistic and it might be a good source to help you get some gears turning.
If you post your images on Instagram or any other social media, use the hashtag #2017project52 so that we can find your work and give it some love!
Have questions about 2017 Project 52? You can find more about it here or in the Flickr group description. Please join us!