The Color Red
At a recent Christmas party, one of the women present asked if I was still seeing red. She had been instrumental in helping me see red during an exercise workout at the beginning of last year. A Nebraska friend and I formed a long distance, exclusive photography club—membership of two—in January of 2010. Purpose: monthly photography assignments (subjects) and sharing. Goal: think outside the box and less literally. February: the color red.
Color influences our senses, our emotions, our actions, and possibly how we react to those individuals or events around us. This exercise of focusing outside the normal photography red box heightened my awareness of red details in day-to-day activities. Seeing red was a fun photography assignment, and even a year later, my eyes are drawn to the color red in various shapes, lines, objects, and other details surrounding me. Open your inner eyes, and you will surely see—something.
Turning ordinary subjects into extraordinary images through the camera lens begins with the inner eye of the photographer, not with the camera. A keen eye for relationship between lines and shapes will finely hone a photographer’s perception of a setting. Images then become a vehicle for the expression of our imagination and resourcefulness. Sharpen the mind—sharpen the image.
Many beginning photographers bemoan there’s nothing to photograph. I certainly haven’t ever had a photographer’s block. Actually, my creative thought processes go into high gear with the idea of photography assignments, and my energy level has difficulty keeping the pace. My personal bucket list of photography assignments increases daily. Latest addition—various aspects of laundry.
When I read an assignment for a group of photography students was to capture various aspects of laundry, I was drawn in immediately to the suggestion. Captivated by the idea of photographing dirty socks, muddy jeans, or even stacks of panties, my creative mind drifted from family laundry rooms to Laundromats to washing sweaty socks in the creek. Not to mention those candid character shots of individuals folding clothes—at midnight. Watch out soap containers, lint screens, dryer vents, clotheslines, and laundry baskets.
A Few Creative RED Attempts
Scene created in personally crafted light box Camera: Canon PowerShot A630 Date: February 2010 St. Louis Botanical Gardens, Missouri (Pipe Flower) Camera: Canon PowerShot S30 Date: November 2006 Curious George–a cherished gift with many stories to tell Camera: Canon PowerShot SX20 IS Date: February 2010
Setting created in personally crafted light box Camera: Canon PowerShot A630 Date: February 2010