I told myself this week I wasn’t going to set up a still life for this week. I was determined to FIND my details in the everyday. So I did what any photographer with a project would do in the winter when there’s four hours of daylight… and I photographed everything in my house. Which was completely flat and uninspiring and boring. Ugh.
So I carried my camera with me, like I do most days. And looking out, seeing a bit sun through the window, I saw my opportunity.
Settings: f/3.5, 1/800 sec, 50mm, ISO 2000
Camera and Lens: Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM
It may not seem interesting to many, but I like where my head was in this moment. I looked over toward the one window I can see out of, about 15 feet away from my desk, and the light was dancing on these transparent hangings that my teammates put up last year. But the light was different today (as in we actually had some), the strips were twisting from the indoor breeze and the lines in the Galleria roof outside just looked different. Different in an interesting way.
I took several shots, but this one, the very first one I took, is my favorite. I like that I’m not very close to my subject, you can see the twisting movement a bit, most of the colors in the frame are neutral, the roof is out of focus but the vertical lines are very present throughout. Something about keeps my attention. And one of my promises to myself this year was to shoot with my heart — to hell with what other people think. My heart likes.
Week 48: Maker Movement
“The umbrella term for independent inventors, designers and tinkerers.”
This prompt was actually a request from my friend, Brenda, who is an avid sewer with a mission to design her own wardrobe and hand-make it all. And she’s really good at what she does! I myself am known to craft occasionally and pretty good at knitting, although I haven’t done it in a while,… but I really like the idea of photographers exploring other people who create or the things that we create besides photographs.
If you’re not sure about the theme, definitely read more about the maker movement or flip through Instagram’s #makermovement images. Think about how you can capture this theme. Will it include the maker or only the finished product? Should you get really close, showcase the fine details of what is made? Or tell a story in the frame, with layering and balance? Walk around the subject, try different things, get new perspectives and explore what you create with inspiration from someone else’s creation!
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!
If you have questions about the project, you can find more about it here or in the Flickr group description.
Looking for a group to join in 2018? We got you covered for #2018P52.