Time for a photochallenge – make a book cover

It’s my time to announce a new photo challenge on the blog.  Just like all the previous challenges we have found it in the book: “The photographers playbook“.  This time I want to challenge you to make a book cover:

Think of a title for a book that you wish you could check out from the library and make a cover for the book.

Triin Tamm

I hope you will join Shelly and I as we explore what our own book covers will look like.

Kristina

How did Shelly do?

Shelly ask in her blogpost an open heart and an open mind: “How did I do, Kristina?” After some consideration I decided to reply with a blogpost :) Suddenly I don’t know where to start; maybe I should start in Sweden, late last August on the Baltic Toy Safari, or should I start in May with the Seattle Toy Safari? Never mind I’ll start by saying I’m impressed with Shelly’s mission to take the opportunity of the safari to have an open mind and an open heart towards whatever happened. I will have to borrow that mission for the next Safari I attend. Continue reading “How did Shelly do?”

Nostalgic – the idea of what could have been

My first thought when I read the nostalgia challenge was that this one is written for me.

“As an assignment, create a photographic work that consciously wrestles with the concept of ‘nostalgia’ and photography’s unique relationship to it.”

My second thought was, I don’t even have to do this one because I’ve already done it. I do it all the time; I’m constantly wrestling with the concept of nostalgia. So many of my pictures with the troopers are connected to the theme of nostalgia. Or they are about being a parent exploring the world through the eyes of a child. Or they are about being a child longing for a parents attention or love. Suddenly I started to overthink myself: is this really the concept I wrestle with? I’m not sure… Continue reading “Nostalgic – the idea of what could have been”

A toy safari is a chance to share a passion

We just have to accept that Kristina is not a group person

I have spent five amazing days in Seattle with the Toy-Safari-group. This is my second safari, since I attended my first in Waxholm last summer and I meet Shelly and the European StuckinPlastic people for the first time. Without the great experience in Waxholm, I would never have ended up in Seattle for this safari. Why? Because just as the quote says in the beginning of this blog post, I’m not a group person, or maybe I’m just a  group person for a toy-safari. Continue reading “A toy safari is a chance to share a passion”

I tried to make the images seem sad, beautiful, shocking or urgent…

I’ve been looking forward to this latest challenge, because I really like these photographic challenges that we do together, Shelly and I. They’re awesome because they allow me to see things in a different context, maybe even get me to try something new or simply get me to think and write about my photographic work. And its even more challenging to do them in conjunction with other creatives because it makes it possible to see another photographers point of view, get others thoughts and ideas about how to create photographic images. Continue reading “I tried to make the images seem sad, beautiful, shocking or urgent…”

Make it seem – a new challenge

It’s my turn to present the next photo challenge. I have choose one by Lucas Fogia called “Make it seem…“. This is a photographic challenge where you are supposed to make four different toy- pictures. This is what you should do:

  1. Make a photograph of something that is supposed to be happy, and you should make it seem sad.

  2. Make a photograph of something that is supposed to be sad , and make it seem beautiful.

  3. Make a photograph of something that is normal and make it seem shocking

  4. Make a photograph of something that you want the world to know about and make it urgent.

The “rules” for this challenge are the same as always :)  We will work with the challenge for about two weeks and then we, at least Shelly and I, will present our results hear on Stuck in Plastic. Good luck and I hope you will join us in this latest challenge.

Kristina

Stuck in another photographers work

In moments when I’m in search for inspiration, I usually spend some time looking through various photo books, websites or just end up on Instagram or Flickr. Often I get stuck in a particular photographers work, and in the best cases, this exercise makes me end up in an imagery world of my own, but sometimes it just becomes an exercise in procrastination. Continue reading “Stuck in another photographers work”

My photographs only tells my truth

Can photographs tell the truth?

What attracted me to this challenge was the opportunity to investigate whether I can make photographs that can tell the truth or not. We all live in a world where we often rely on photography or pictures as a tool to be able to tell us what really happened. They are seen as a tool that can reproduce the reality or maybe even  “the truth”. After the shooting in Ferguson there was a debate in Sweden about putting cameras on police-officers to monitor them. The thought behind the idea was that the camera would give an objective view of any debatable events which involved the police. A photograph, a video or a camera don’t lie. Continue reading “My photographs only tells my truth”