Why am I doing this?

There is a question that haunts me all the time and that is: Why am I doing this? I have asked myself this over and over again, because I think that I may share my toy-photographs in the wrong context. I suspect that I only share my still life photography because I am flattered to be a “stationary” blogger Stuckinplastic. And when I look at it objectively, I believe that there ought to be a different reason as well? Continue reading “Why am I doing this?”

to new beginnings

This time of the year it’s almost impossible not to think about the fact that the year is coming to an end with Christmas right around the corner and the New Year quickly following.  This time of the year inspires me think about new possibilities, maybe even more this year because I have, like all of us in the collective, been selecting my crop of twelve good photographs for 2015. My selection ended up with only ten best pictures for 2015. Once I had finished my book I started to  long for a new one, a new beginning, with new possibilities. Maybe I should start a new project when the new year begins?

I have done yearly projects before, so I’m not in the mood for another 365- project (taking one picture a day for a year); that isn’t me right now. But I would like to make a well-defined project and I want that project to be a challenge!

My first thought is I should start where I am. I have looked through my work and tried to define what I have been doing during 2015. My goal has been to see if there is an embryo of a project in my previous work that I can evolve to a yearly-project for 2016. There seems to be something their, but I can’t decide on which idea I should go for. Should I do more of the abstract toy-photography that I like so much but that no one else seems to understand that I create on purpose? Or should I go for the family project that I have been working with since November? Or should I think of something totally new? I can’t decide!  Maybe I ought to create a series of pictures with Shelly’s robot, that I love and adore?  Maybe it could create a response to the work she’s already has done and most of us are familiar with? As I have already stated, I can’t decide which direction should I go in.

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I want to explore new grounds, learn new things because just as Reiterlied said in a comment ” One of my biggest fear is to stop learning.” Right now I don’t know which direction I should choose and why. I’m caught in indecision; I don’t know which project I should pursue.

Kristina

Are you thinking about any new photo projects for 2016? If so, what are those projects about?

 

A little card …

Last week I wrote a simple little post on how to create a little book with your twelve significant ones to put under the Xmas tree. A little  creative project that triggered some emotions and lots of discussions on metrics and stuff alike.

Todays post is not about looking back and does not involve social metrics. It is all about getting creative this weekend,  look forward and create your own little card to wish your friends and family (and total strangers) a happy Xmas or merry New Year. A simple postcard with your own toy still life photography (action photography from Planet Hoth or The Queens Crocket Ground is allowed to, not to mention some street photography from Rivendell).

Creating your own greeting card is actually very simple and you can do it from a picture you shot earlier in the year, or you can do like me and get creative this weekend and shoot your own little card as a mini project.

Last year I decided to make a little homage to Vesa and his eternal fields of snow on Planet Hoth and had some Benny fun on the side.

An Awesome Tree
An Awesome Tree

Both were printed as a limited edition postcard on Red Bubble and the folks at RB delivered fantastic quality at a pretty OK price. A little known secret is that you can easily upload your own work to RB as private and get your own prints without having to face the take down police of George Lucas, Disney or LEGO because you create what some would call derived or fan art (we talked about this pretty extensively before). So if you want to use the premium postcard awesomeness of RB without the risk of getting policed, just upload them as private.

This year I will give my good friends at Moo a go, and try their luxe edition of postcards. They are not cheap, far from, but I love their creative business cards and eye for quality and detail  and will have to give it a go. At least twice the price of RB, but hey, Xmas postcards are a gift from the heart and they will not contain the RB logo at the back ;)

So, if you have not yet decided on Xmas postcards this year, then get creative, get your own shoot tomorrow, package it and get your own cards from your local dealer or online pimp like RB or Moo.

And yes, if you want to exchange exclusive Xmas cards with me, just let me know in the comments below and maybe we will be exchanging NY cards this years …

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PS: If you want to try out Moo, and get a 10% reduction of your first business cards or postal card, you may want to use my personal referral link by clicking here, but you can off-course also just head over to moo.com directly. This is not about making money. It is all about sharing the love of giving post cards.

My Little Avanaut Homage
My Little Avanaut Homage

I challenge myself with the light

In the genre of still life photography we can control everything. We can control the light, the angle, the composition, the motive, what fits in the frame and not. That is one of the things I like about the genre. But the ability to control everything can make me feel a bit predictable as a photographer because I can almost foresee the final result.  That is good in one way and boring in another. So to challenge myself I have come up with the idea of trying to have elements in my photo-sessions that I can’t control or don’t know all about. Sometimes I use the weather as such a parameter but most of the times I use the light.

Light is essential for us as photographers, if there is no light we can’t make a picture. We are painters of light, with the camera as our brush. Continue reading “I challenge myself with the light”

The problem with Star Wars

In Shelly’s post “The problems with Chima” she pointed out that there is a benefit, for us as still life photographers, to work with toys  that have a well-known back-story.  We can use them as symbols and let the back-story work for us in the picture. I try to do that in most of my pictures, because for me the roles that these figures play in my photographs are to be symbols. There is also a problem with toys with a well know back-story, in my case the problem is Star Wars. Continue reading “The problem with Star Wars”