Today was gray and rainy and damp. I spent some time reading some photography material & particularly liked something I read about an exercise with perspective. It was advised to choose a subject & take 10-20 pictures of the same thing, aiming to make each picture a unique image by changing your perspective. I immediately knew it would be a great exercise for me as it’s something I have wanted to improve upon. So I chose the only living subject available (baby boy was napping) & pulled out my camera.
It was challenging to come up with so many ways to look at the same thing. It was also a bit challenging to keep Duke from jumping up to investigate or snuggle every time I laid on the floor.
If I did this shoot over, I had a couple additional ideas for shots I would try to capture (although what is shown here doesn’t represent all of the shots I took…I ended up with about 50, although some were multiples of the same shot, just trying to get a better exposure or expression or some such). While editing I also thought that introducing something with a bit of color would have made these images a bit more interesting, although perhaps that would ruin the “gray day” story.
I am fairly pleased with the story both photos (10 & 11) tell. My favorite genre of photography is lifestyle/documentary/photojournalism-type photography. I’m drawn to the stories that are told by these images…what they say about the subject, but also what they say about where the subject is, what’s going on, etc, etc. I like images that are beautiful but also real. I love the little imperfections (like the completely smudged up window & the dirty towel lying by our back door) because they say something about who you are & what life is like at that time (that Duke looks out that window all the time so I’ve pretty much given up cleaning it & that whenever it’s soggy out we keep a “duke towel” there to wipe muddy paws).
It’s a bit of a cheat to have photo 10 & 11 from this batch since the point of this project is to keep me capturing photos regularly & learning & growing as a photographer. But I have an excellent excuse that was a different photo project, which I’ll probably share more about at a later date (read: after christmas). So I’ll go ahead & happily count it & get excited about my next photo to share.