The last part of my "journey of recognition" with Kat. I've really enjoyed the ride and now have more insight into who I am as a photographer and artist. While I don't have complete answers, I think I've put down solid groundwork for growing, stretching, looking back, looking forward, analyzing, and riding that wave of ever-changing artistry and voice. I still have another portion of this journey to look forward to in October. If you think you'd like to dig in and open the window to what is inside your photography, click on through to Kat's website. I think you'll be glad you did.
In this lesson we were to consider trends in photography and how our own photos might be influenced by what we see in magazines, on websites, while blogging, etc. This challenge was difficult for me. Once I received a nice comment that said something like "I like that you don't follow the latest trends and instead shoot images that please you". Hmmmmm. I thought "Really? There are trends? Who knew?"
In general I've realized I don't know what I like. Most of my furnishings, while fine in their function, are hand me downs and yard sale finds. I'd be lost choosing something new for my home. I wear blue jeans nearly every day....and have shirts in the same style of various colors-I don't think about clothes. I should have Garanimals. I have noticed I'm starting to figure out what I don't like. I guess that's a start.
The only trend that came to mind was the trend of textures. I do know that I'm not a huge fan of textures, though that dreamy desaturated vintage look seems to hold a lot of appeal to many. I do use textures from time to time. They rarely seem to come from the heart, but more to cover up a somewhat flawed image.
I'm trying to link regularly with Kim Klassen for Texture Tuesdays to see if I can come 'round to liking them more. I feel like I'm not really sure how to use them-which one to choose. It's kind of like women with football. I love football, but I understand the game. Most women don't and don't enjoy it. I wonder if they knew the game if they'd like it better. Is this at all an analogy that anyone is following or did your eyes glaze over when I mentioned the "f" sport?
Here is a textured image I did this summer that I do like....
......but I don't know why I like it.
I like this one too.
The reason I put the texture on the piano image?...fessing up. The keys were really dusty and to "rescue" the photo from my embarrassment, I put a texture over it. Cleaning through textures-give it a try. The only thing I see in common between the two images; the textures have words in them.
And I do love me some words in images.
So, maybe a trend I should explore is typography, or combining words and images or maybe that's not a trend but rather an interest running 'round in my ever busy mind.
As for visiting other sites for inspiration. I guess I don't do that. I visit lots of blogs and see photography I respect, but I don't go looking at sites. Perhaps that can go on the ever increasing in length "to do" list.
Now there was one trend that seemed to come up during this Journey series....
Scooters! Yah Baby!
Mother and Child
Making me a little cartoon-ish version of the infamous red scooter.
Reflections are something I like to play with too....why not me on the side of a scooter? Will have to suffice to be a reflection. I'm not sure Maine is the best place for scooter ownership-until they come with snow tires and heaters. :)
Thanks for reading my Swiss cheese version of trends...lots of holes.