Still free ranging rather than following the order though – this week I selected the project “Rules? What rules?” – where the task was to produce nine images that break the ‘rules’ of photography but still work… that might mean breaking rules of composition, rules about not ‘chopping off’ limbs or heads, shooting with a straight horizon, and so on. See if you can spot the rules I’ve broken in the images below…
This week it was great to have Sharon joining in on the task, although her images were amazing and very quickly made me think I possibly shouldn’t be bothering at all… but with another look, I’m actually pretty pleased with how these came out. I did suggest a trip into the city, but Sharon (rightly!) reminded me that I’d said in a previous week that the city was really the ‘easy’ option and I should challenge myself more. Challenge accepted!
Following on from last week, it seems I’m really no good at following the sequence in the book, but I think that’s okay! For my second week, I chose the Week 15 topic – Lights, Camera, Action! The brief this time is to create a new poster for a famous film, that gives a good indication of what the film is all about, using only things you can find in your local area.
So here’s mine – for some reason I went completely blank and couldn’t think of a single film, but a quick iTunes search fixed that up and I came across The Money Pit, a mid-80s film starring Tom Hanks. I can only vaguely remember seeing it, but from memory it’s all about a couple who buy a fancy house that is very cheap because it needs a little ‘fixing up’… my image isn’t particularly subtle but hopefully it conveys that theme!
What film would you choose for this project brief?
Back at the end of 2021, I was very fortunate to be given a wonderful present, the book 52 Assignments: Street Photography by Brian Lloyd Duckett. Last year I wasn’t really very well for most of the time, so this book sat waiting.
Well it’s a new year now, so time for a new approach, and the first thing I did was dig out this book.
Will I finish them all in a year? Maybe. Who can tell what the future holds? I’ve given up on that. But I’ll certainly give it a red hot go.
That said, I’m already deviating from the order presented in the book. Instead of starting at project 1, I jumped ahead to project 2, which is rather wonderfully titled ‘Apocalypse Now’. The challenge is to think about how you could, in 12 images, sum up and capture the essence of the place in which you live, so that if we were all wiped out by an apocalyse tomorrow (the books lets you fill in those circumstances for yourself!), the people of the future would have a record of what life was like before it all fell apart.
I thought that was quite a wonderful idea, and a good way to start taking photos again, and so off I went. I decided not to focus on ‘Melbourne’, because that’s kind of too easy, and besides, I’m sure the people of the future would have access to the postcards of all the places I would have chosen.
So instead I decided to focus on my local council area – much smaller scale, but still hard to keep to 12 images I found. And here they are… let me know if you think they meet the focus of the task!
Across this week I’ll be sharing some of my shots of the extraordinary Empire installation, by RONE – let me be totally clear – this is HIS installation, moving, delicate, and beautiful. I was merely a visitor. This one will stay with me. From the flooded library…