Week 24: Shades of Grey

Lovely!  This week I have a blank canvas, so to speak.  I have enjoyed working through nearly half of this 52 week challenge, but what has been an unexpected challenge is how blocked I would be when working with specific themes.  I suppose it’s good, and the purpose of this whole thing — not only do I have to constantly get out and shoot, but I also have to think out side of my own box.  I’ve enjoyed some of the themes more than others, but beyond that, I have enjoyed working in ways I would have never thought of on my own.

Now, back to the good old stuff…

Working in shades of grey has me thinking of one thing — black and white photography!  I mean, what else could it be?  Ok, it could be a lot of things, and just as I’m typing it, I’m thinking of tons of ways to capture this theme without taking it so literally.  But the one thing I’ve missed about working with film are the beautiful tones of the blacks, whites, and greys developing in the darkroom.  And the smell?  Yum, weird, I know, but I love it.  Ok, so there are a lot of things I miss, but I digress… Even though I would love to, I can’t do a film project for this theme.  Being out of school has been fun, and weird, but it’s also left me without the resource of a dark room.  So for this week, my digital files will just have to imagine they’re film, and my computer will become its own imaginary little darkroom.

I suppose this theme is coming at the opportune time… I am in a rather “grey” period of life….like a dark slate, thunderstorm, type of grey.  So while I’ll be working in the spirit of the darkroom, I’m probably not going to produce any more of my happy little nature photographs again in the near future.  And with that, I’m off to think, and to reminisce.  Here’s another film project from a past class of mine.  It was the first “story telling” type project that I worked with, and out of all the different ideas that I had, this was my favorite.  I liked that it told a story in so many different ways, without actually saying anything direct.  It allows you to look at it and interpret it as your own story, and to me, it has many meanings, which is in a strange way kind of cathartic.  Changing of seasons, passing of time, a year going by, life passing you by, standing still, running in circles, travel — just a few of the meanings this has to me, and, just a few of the things I’ve meditated on while looking at these photos.  So enjoy, and feel free to leave me a note of what you think!

Week 17: Bookworm

It’s been a crazy week!  With the semester winding down and final projects wrapping up, I’m so thankful for the relaxing weekend I’ve hand, and that I got a chance to sneak in this shoot at the last minute.  It’s really hard to believe just how fast the last 2 1/2 years have gone by, how much has changed, that I’ll be graduating with my associate’s degree from PGCC this spring, and will most likely be jumping right in to another 2-3 years of school to get my bachelor’s, with a minor…and maybe a master’s.  I could really use a chance to zone out and become what the theme for this week is: bookworm.  Side note, here’s an interesting fact: did you know that “bookworm” doesn’t only refer to one who loves reading, but an actual book-eating-worm (well, bug) as well? I always assumed it was just an expression, nothing more, but I guess I was wrong.  It’s a little unsettling, but nice, in a weird way, as well.  If you don’t know by now, I loved the old and abandoned, and these insects certainly give an interesting look to the books the inhabit.  Here, just look at the google results for “bookworm damage” (because if you just type in “bookworm”, you’ll get games and all kinds of stuff, even though the randomness of the internet takes over this search term as well, the first couple pictures will give you the idea).  I am, however, a little wary of the old books that I have lying around for cyanotype projects, and would hate for them to be destroyed by these bugs.  Guess I should perform some examinations for safe measures.  In regards to what I was saying about becoming a bookworm, dont’ worry, I don’t want to become a bug and eat books, just want a chance to relax and unwind.

So when thinking of this week’s project, I tried to portray the feeling I have when I’m completely divulged in a good book.  For me, as well as for many others, I’m sure, I feel as if I’m taken away to this imaginary fantasy land.  Whatever is going on around me is almost not there, and I have such vivid imagery from the words that I’m reading that it’s like almost watching a movie conjured up in my mind.  I picture the places, the characters, and their voices.  So I wanted to convey that type of mood, of being completely relaxed, and in a dream-like state.  So thanks to my favorite little “model”, and her quickly sprouting back yard, I think we were able to achieve just that.  So relax, enjoy, and think of the next good book that you’ll dive in to.  I have mine in mind, but that will have to wait until my two final projects are completed.  Only one more week!