An assignment I thought would be the most fun, but actually turned out to be the most challenging, was the Photoblitz!
I chose to do it in my apartment, because as I was looking around, I could imagine all the different prompts I could do with all the various stuff we have. However, as it turns out, I am not very good at photography, and it’s very difficult to complete these prompts in an interesting and objectively good way.
As such, there isn’t a whole lot from the pictures I took that came out as good as I would have liked. But, I think that’s a good thing! Like we heard about from Glass last week: failing is part of the process! Plus, it did help me figure out more things about lighting and angles. Anyway, on to the show!
First! The time:
The one extra minute was spent trying to get my phone camera to focus enough to actually show the time. I can promise you I was actually done a couple minutes early.
Now! The blitz:
Some of these photos I’m unfortunately still undecided on. But, considering the rest of the batch, these are the best of the mediocre, I suppose. Anyway, these photos are, in order: Complexity, Dominated by a Single Color, Object turned Extraodinary, Openness, and 2 Objects that Don’t Belong
I think my favorites are the Extraordinary Object and the 2 Objects one. For the first, I’m fascinated by close-ups of things, and especially when they’re put into a bizarre perspective. Think…The Borrowers or The Secret World of Arrietty. I love seeing things from a different view point, especially if that view point is from super tiny creatures.
And with the second picture, I just really like the colors, as well as how it kind of represents me as a person. The flower crown is something I made earlier this week, in order to celebrate the Autumnal Equinox, and the controller I use for some of my computer games (specifically, Saints Row, a game notorious for it’s…questionable morals). Not only is there a contrast in what the items are used for, and how they exist in the world (nature vs industry), but I also like the contrasting colors, between the subdued and dead-looking flowers, and the lively, bright, popping blue of the controller. I guess I could argue that the objects aren’t so outside each others company, but I still love the idea of what this photo represents.
Looking through others’ takes on this challenge opened my eyes to how creative you can be with a lot of these prompts, and how you can take ordinary objects and make them something incredible.
The ones I found most interesting were Miles Davis’s picture of the trash and recycling cans, for being such an interesting take on the idea of what does and does not belong together; Adam Hoff’s picture of the backlit can, for having such a different composition and lighting technique, which really draws the viewer’s attention to it; and Ashlyn Runk’s picture of oil in water, for having this interesting perspective and a really fascinating textured background, which I think really adds to the picture. All of these really caught my eye when I first saw them, and I think that’s because of their unique view, as well as the attention to detail.