I’m a Seeker

A Lego Ninja stands on the edge of a cliff holding two suitcases wondering where he should go.

Big surprise, I’m a seeker.

Yesterday I sat down and performed the exercise “Ideas into Pictures” that I proposed last month.  It was a wonderful 35 minute stream of consciousness writing experience, followed by another hour of brainstorming related action words.

I wasn’t surprise to see that my four pages of nearly illegible handwriting was dominated by a steady list of questions. I’m continually pondering those existential questions that rarely have answers. You know the ones I mean: Why am I alive? Who am I? What is my place in the world? How do I find meaning? What is truth? What will my legacy be? Continue reading “I’m a Seeker”

Ideas into Pictures

Our newest challenge, “Ideas into Pictures”,  comes from one of my favorite photographers Cig Harvey.

As I was thumbing through The Photographer’s Playbook in search of a new challenge, I was pleasantly surprised to find an entry from Ms. Harvey. As I’ve already mentioned, I’m a big fan of her work for both the simplicity of her images and the emotional reaction she is able to invoke in me. I admire her seemingly effortless combination of text and photo. Each of her images are a glimpse into a story, a mystery, an unfinished poem; they’re pure magic. If I could achieve half of what she is able to achieve with my own work, I would be thrilled. Continue reading “Ideas into Pictures”

Object a Void Dance

I have always been, as much as I can remember, a person that receives words in a very literal way. Were I younger, I would say, I’m literal to a fault. However, time having passed, I’ve learned (almost) well enough to allow for some figurativeness in how I process words. (All the time. Assume everything is figurative. It’s the only way to survive.) When I read about the recent photography exercise on the Stuck in Plastic blog I was really excited to participate. It spoke to me in a very literal way. (Or I interpreted it in a very literal way, again, always.) Continue reading “Object a Void Dance”

Reiterlied takes another photo challenge

I took Kristina’s challenge of making an exact copy of a photo because it was something I have been wanting to do for a long time. Shelly’s latest challenge “sum of the parts” was about storytelling with two pictures. Even though I’m usually not the kind of person to partake in new year’s resolutions, I decided that in 2016 I was going to work on my storytelling in order to try to find my own red thread in my photographs. So this latest challenge was something I definitely had to do as it would force me to spend time thinking about the story rather than the photos. Continue reading “Reiterlied takes another photo challenge”

The next challenge – can photographs tell the truth?

It’s my turn to pick a new challenge from The Photographers Playbook. This challenge is called “truth and dare” and is written by Gregory Halpern. The challenge is to

“Make a short series of purely object photographs.”

And what we shall ask our self is if photographs can tell the truth? Or as Halden put’s it:

“We know photographs can “lie”. Is it possible for them to tell the truth?”

I’m really looking forward to see what comes out of this challenge. I’m already wondering: how does a purely objective photograph look like? And can I do one? I don’t know but I’m looking forward to try.

Two stories could they make a third?

Our latest photo challenge is called “sum of the parts”. I had to read it through several times before I realized that I was supposed to create a diptych. At least in my mind that is what the challenge is about, we’re supposed to create two images independently that each tells a story of their own, but when we combine them together, they will tell a third. Continue reading “Two stories could they make a third?”

I took the challenge

When Kristina proposed to make an exact copy of a photo from another photographer, I felt very excited about this challenge. I was also excited to see the results of Kristina’s own challenge which I think was a wonderful mix of the style of both of her and Vesa; her own inspiration. Continue reading “I took the challenge”

A new challenge: sum of the parts

I’m super excited for this new challenge which is aptly named: Sum of the Parts. And its pretty much exactly what it implies:

“Make two photographs that you feel convey a particular subject when they are viewed together, but that do not convey the same subject when they are viewed separately. This is a way of including the viewer in the creation of meaning in your work. The subject could be an experience, idea, piece of writing, or word.” Carlo Van de Roer, The Photographer’s Playbook

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An exact copy with an absurdist twist

photo challenge, Keith Arnatt, I'm A Real Artist

A couple of weeks ago Kristina challenged me to make an exact copy of a photograph by one of my favorite photographers. This simple challenge took me down a very different path than Kristina.

I understand the premise of learning by emulation, and I realize it’s a popular method towards mastery of photography, but it’s a method that makes me very uncomfortable. I have seen too many cases of emulation (especially in the toy photography community) that turn into ownership, to purposefully walk down that road. Continue reading “An exact copy with an absurdist twist”