Week 22: State of Mind | 2017 Project 52

You know when you really want to do something well and then you end up overthinking it… which may possibly a little bit lead to a type of paralysis of even starting? That was me. But really, that works for this week theme: state of mind. Because I got lost in the ideas and couldn’t pull the trigger… why not photograph that? Or… the opposite of that?

My work life has been a series of peaks and valleys lately. Picking up a new project has me doing tasks I normally don’t do, thinking about things I normally wouldn’t think about and while most of the time I’m feeling super and so on top of things… I’ve had some wimpy moments too. Second guessing myself, curious of others’ intentions and asking myself the all encompassing “can I pull this off?” question more than once a day. I get lost in the details and feel like I don’t have control. Even though I totally do.

The opposite of this feeling, at least to me, is serenity. And while it’s always fun to shout out “SERENITY NOW!”, finding peace and letting go of things is something I strive for. I’m not there yet… but I can at least practice it to capture it with my camera.

state of mind

Settings: f/3.2, 1/400 sec, 35mm, ISO 400
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM

I like photographing people and when I don’t the opportunity to do it, I just make it up myself. So yeah, another self-portrait. Only this time I stepped into the backyard with my tripod, where I wanted to include the trees to have them take up most of the image.

I framed myself in the center and just told myself to enjoy everything around me. The beautiful warm weather we we’re having. The light breeze that came by every few seconds. The quiet of hearing no cars or voices, only birds chirping. The way the leaves swished against each other. I breathed it all in and exhaled. And like a little duck floating on top of the water looking cool and collected, my right hand was clicking away with the clicker out of the frame! But I was alone, it was quiet and with summer here now, it was easy to lean into it.

Luckily I was able to keep the focus sharp when stopping up to f/3.2, so the background is slightly knocked out — I tested a few different apertures and f/4.0 was just too deep for what I envisioned. But this works for me and I like the additional texture, the appearance of being smaller than my environment… it totally adds to the state of mind I was trying to capture. Serenity now.

Week 23: Show Me the Door
due 06.07.17

Whether you’re walking in or out, we encounter doors everyday, multiple times a day. This week, find a door that speaks to you. Anything goes.

Bonus Challenge: A great way to discover something new is to take a photowalk. I encourage you to get out and explore this week, with a friend or another photographer, and take a photowalk in an area of your town or city you haven’t visited before.

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!
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