this week was a struggle... again. it seems the closer i get to having this baby, the less my brain is able to do complicated tasks- like take creatively composed photos. it doesn't help that i was shooting with my crop sensor and my 35 mm- so i was much closer than i've been accustomed to. but i'll keep working on it!
i'll be honest, i wasn't super intentional when i shot this week's image. my heart and mind were being pulled a thousand different ways over the last few weeks, so photography kind of got pushed to the bottom of the priority list. still, i can see how this project has helped me to compose differently overall even when i'm not being intentional, and i just love that!
mine on the right, melissa's on the left!
running a little behind with this round's post, but this might be my favorite set to date! i love how we both stepped outside of our comfort zones and shot some things that we don't usually shoot, and how we both really used color to aid in strengthening our compositions.
melissa on the left, me on the right!
this week i did something that i rarely ever do to my images, and i flipped it so that the final version is a mirror image of the original. there are a few reasons why i don't often flip my photos, but the main reason is that i forget it's an option. but, this project has kept me actively thinking of ways to improve the composition of my pictures, and i know that this week's image was the perfect candidate for being strengthened with a flip. so here it is :) melissa on the left, me on the right!
in almost every round of this project so far, melissa and i have been able to find some parallels or similarities in our images, which is probably one of my favorite things about tackling this challenge with someone else. this round, it appears we were both drawn to the way shadows contributed to our photos :)
played with layers again this week. i want to start using layers in all my images, not just images i create for this project. i love what they add to a photo.
(my image is on the right, melissa is on the left!)
i had a tough time taking an image that really felt like i was pushing myself out of my normal box this go-round. of course, melissa's shot this week is one of my favorites of hers ever, so i'll let her carry the diptych for this round :)
i chose to continue my work on framing for this week's image. i also made an effort to create more depth and layering in this image to help add context and draw the viewer into the frame. this is by far the most challenging technical project on my plate right now, but i'm enjoying how hard it's making me think as i shoot :)
(reminder: melissa's image is on the left, mine is on the right)
last year was really great because i spent a lot- and i mean a looooooooot- of time on social media building connections with fellow photographers. i studied their work, i asked questions, i developed friendships and consequently i was fortunate enough to grow. a lot. and not just as a photographer. i took a lot of personal leaps as well, meeting up with women i had never met before to discuss our shared interests, joining in groups and projects and taking on leadership positions, however minor they were. i'm enormously thankful for the changes last year fostered within me, and i set a goal for myself to continue growing both as a photographer and personally throughout 2017.
so, when my friend melissa hines approached me a few weeks ago with the idea to collaborate on a project that would push us both to think outside of the box with how we compose our images, i couldn't agree to it fast enough. not only is melissa a photographer whose work i've followed and admired for 2 years now, she's also become a wonderful friend and mentor, helping me look more deeply at my work and discover where- and how- to improve and grow. it's no wonder that the project she suggested for us is focused on exactly the area that i need to put more conscious thought into. composition is one aspect of photography that i've spent very little time intentionally studying or working on. i have my standard compositions that i tend to go for when i shoot, and while there's technically nothing wrong with how i compose, my work is missing out on a lot of variety and fullness because of this compositional rut i find myself in.
we've decided to name our collaboration "composed" and the concept is very simple- twice a month, we'll each work to create an image that is compositionally different from our normal style. we will intentionally push ourselves to look at the scenes we are shooting in a new way to create a wider range of compositions within our individual bodies of work. for me, this means composing my images in a more natural, organic way. right now my images tend to be very linear. i like my lines to be parallel to the edges of my frame and i like everything to fall neatly into place. i frequently use leading lines in my images, which is a great tool, but i want to push myself to go deeper. i want to use techniques like framing and layering, and i want the compositions of my images to reflect the reality (and sometimes chaos!) of everyday life.
once we have our images, we'll place them into a diptych (simply two images side by side) and share them. melissa's image will appear on the left, and mine on the right.
if you read all of that, you're wonderful. if not, i forgive you ;) here's our first round of composed: