December Days: one thing, ten perspectives

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A few days ago I watched this video about photo assignments and found the assignment so interessting, that I tried it then and there. Ignoring the fact, that I was in the office, actually working. But sometimes a girl just has to do, what she’s got to do, you know?

 

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The assignment: Choose 1 thing and take photos from 10 different perspectives.

 

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Simple, isn’t it? It was fun. You can see the images here. I choose my MacBook and was astonished, how fast I came up with new ideas. It was simply fun and set my inspiration on fire. Try it! I will definitely do it again, and again, and again.

December Days: blocked

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There are those days you are motivated from start and work your ass off, till there’s no work hours left. And then there are the other days, when you just can’t get yourself to start working effectively. Your brain simply doesn’t want to cooperate with you. You beg, you scream at your brain to give you just one idea, that makes the whole project work. But no, your thoughts are only circling around the same old, dull ideas…

At the end of the work day you give up. I give up. No inspiration, no motivation, just the hope that on Monday all will be better and that the brain is relaxed, open to new ideas.

The weekend is to begin. Time for play. Time for new things. Time for fun and rest. Time for beautiful inspiration like the magical winter photos by Junkaholique, that are breathtaking, and my favorite shot from today. Taken while working at home office and playing with my new app Instant. Polaroid is magic. I’m in love.

December Days

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December is stuffed with uncountable dates and events, bright, blazing lights and sales screaming everywhere at us, a to do list long as to the moon and back… we are stressed, feel overwhelmed, unsteady. When instead we should enjoy this time of year, review the past year, plan for the new and simply be calm and with the ones we love.

I’m no exception. So to gain a little bit of calmness, I want to write every day on this blog throughout December. Inspired by Hula Seventy who wrote every day through November, I want to try it myself. One picture and at least three words every day. No long story, no big tutorial, just words, every day. Sounds manageable, don’t you think? Maybe I even get my blogging groove back. Who knows? 😉

photo walk: pair

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A new experience for me. I do photo walks for quite a while. I started in 2012 inspired by Elise Blaha. In 2014 I attended even a Worldwide Photo Walk in Berlin, but doing a photo walk with a couple of friends was a new experience for me. Since no one of them had ever done a photo walk before, we started with a simple topic ‘rectangle’. Too simple as we learned. So we changed the topic within one street to ‘pair’. And that my friends, was a real challenge for me. It was much harder and a little bit more abstract as my usual topics.

At first, I thought, there wasn’t many pairs around or too hard to find. But then my mind and eyes adjusted to the topic and I found more and more, as always. It always takes a little time to get the mind focus on the topic, but then it clicks and the right motives pop up everywhere. The trouble with the topic ‘pair’ was, that the motives weren’t that distinct. I had to decide each time, if the objects applied in my opinion as pair or not. It wasn’t as easy as red objects or doors, but I liked the challenge and will surely do more of these in the future.

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photo walk: rectangle

photo walk: rectangle

Lesson lerned. Don’t choose a theme, that’s too simple. Last week we went on our first group photo walk with six friends. Because no one ever did a photo walk before, I recommended a simple topic like ‘rectangles’. Everyone agreed and started walking. It took us exactly one street to notice, that looking for ‘rectangles’ in a city is simply boring. We changed the topic then and there to something more difficult: ‘pair’.

I don’t say, that rectangles or shapes in general are non of a challenge, but it’s essential to choose the right context, the right environment. In an area, where everything is made up out of rectangles and geometric shapes it’s not much of a challenge. It would have been more challenging, if we did it on a walk through a forest or along cornfields. Another bad example would be, to do a photo walk with ‘green’ in a forest in spring or summer. So be sure to choose the right topic for the region you are planning to walk.

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photo walk: clouds

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This time a little unusual photo walk. While shooting many different motives on our summer vacation one popped up again and again: clouds. Especially after I tried the polar filter for the first time and the clouds became so much more clearer and farther stretched out, I found every day another painting of clouds above me. A few times I even shot a video when the clouds were drifting very fast above the sky. They somehow brought my creativity back. Maybe this is something you can try too everyday for a set period of time or on your vacation too if you don’t have time for a full one or two hour photo walk. This way you can focus on a theme for a longer time and lern how your mood changes the kind of pictures you take.

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#fromwhereistand: leaves

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It started as a simple #fromwhereistand photo. Just my feet next to a collection of beautiful colored leaves. On my next walk I took the next two, and another. Soon enough I had a whole pile of photos from this motive. So I made it my goal to shoot it as a kind of challenge everywhere I’ve been this autumn. Love this little Sammelsurium (mingle-mangle) of pictures.

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