Week 10: Environmental Portrait

I love it when I get a chance to do something a little different.  As you know, I’m always having problems finding models for my projects, so when I saw that this week’s theme was “environmental portrait”, i.e. taking a picture of someone in their environment, I was a little worried.  It took me a while to think of the idea, but I decided to go out and trying something today!

I usually have off on Mondays, so that’s my big “catch up” day for projects, school work, and whatever else I have going on.  Today, however, was a beautiful day, so the motivation to work on things in doors was just non-existence.  Instead, I went out and got breakfast, drove around a bit, got a coffee, took some photos outside for another week’s theme and just kinda hung out.  Then I thought, well geeze, I’m really putting off this portrait one, so I better get to it.

I know I’ve mentioned before that I play the guitar.  Not as much as I’d like to, but I still play it once in a while, and I will always love it.  Ever since I’ve started, I’ve gone to the same little shop for everything.  Atomic Music — they’re basically amazing.  So in my goofing off today, I wandered into the store and did something I never do: took pictures of people, with their permission!  Well…kind of….

I started talking to one of the guys who worked there, Mark, and he was super cool about the whole thing.  I told him that I was working on a project, and when you say that, people automatically assume it is for school.  He told me to take my time, and enjoy myself, which I did.  I wandered around the aisles browsing all the guitars and amps, and listening to people testing out things, which is always a fun part of going there.  After I was done checking out the “environment”, and one guy who wasn’t paying attention to my camera, I went back to Mark and we started chatting.  Come to find out, his wife is a 3rd generation gradate of MICA.  Yay!  We talked a bit about what she and her artistic family had done, things that were going on around Baltimore, and a festival happening this week that I didn’t even know about.  I asked if I could snap a pic of him, and he was happy to do so.  Double yay!  I’m always so nervous thinking about asking people for their portrait, and I have no idea why.  It’s not a big deal to me to be told “no”, but for some reason I’ve always been apprehensive about it.  So check it out, and enjoy my favorite music spot, and the portrait.

Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto

So I know I mentioned that I may be doing something sentimental for the collage project this week, but I suppose I did something more along the lines of sentimental-ish.  I chose my cute little robot to take pictures of 🙂  Let me give you the back story….even though I don’t have the complete story myself.  I’m pretty sure that this used to belong to either my mom or my aunt, though I could be totally wrong, I know it had to have belonged to someone else before I got it.  Regardless, I can remember this little robot from when I was really little, so in my mind, it’s like the first toy I ever got.  Though I know that’s not true also, it’s the definitely the oldest one that I still have, and one of the earliest memories from my childhood.  It doesn’t hurt that he’s super cute, too.  So here’s a playful little collage of my dear little robot, that I’ve had forever, and who has survived many a move and managed to remain in one piece, and still work!  I had fun creating this homage to my little robot friend.  Wish I could have gotten closer with the details, but I guess he’ll just have to hang in there until I can get a macro lens, or until I figure out some other creative way to magnify things.  And a big thanks to collage.com for making things easy for me — if you’re ever looking to make a quick collage, that’s the way to go, especially since some of the other, more well-known sites that I tried, didn’t work/were a pain.

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Week 10: Collage

Week 10?  How did we get here already?  And an even better question, what happened to week 9?  Well don’t worry.  After racking my brain to think of a good cliché theme, I’ve finally got it, and I’m just waiting to get a model….again.  So it’s on the way, along with the “red” week theme that’s still a work in progress.  Just hang tight, it’ll be worth the wait!

As for this week, I’m a little tempted to combine the business challenge with the photo challenge.  Business challenge? (So many questions this week!)  Ahh yes, I’m still keeping that portion of this 52 week challenge in mind.  So the photo theme is collage, which is like a bonus-do-whatever-you-want type theme (yay!), and the business challenge is “Loved ones photo shoot”, which is just like another photo challenge.  Now, I have to admit, that would kind of be like taking the easy way out, but it sounds like a fun idea.  The only down side is….my family hates taking pictures.  I think they, particularly my immediate family, have been scarred for life when taking pictures.  My mother is a photo fanatic, and is one of those “Smile, oh wait, smile, wait you’re not smiling….SMILE!”, and “OH WAIT!!!  Just one more!!” (but it’s never just one) type of photographers.  Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate my well documented childhood, but it was a little much at times (sorry mom 🙂 ).  So I think I may see if I can get a few of the family members together this weekend, and get some fun, causal pictures to get the business side of this week done.  As for the photo challenge, I’m thinking of focusing on a single object, and taking photos from various angles to create some abstractions.  Now just to pick an object.  Maybe something sentimental?  Who knows, but if we’re going to go the sentimental route, here’s one of my favorite sentimental pictures,which was taken with my film camera and finished as a kallitype print.  Miss you Lelo.