Beware of Cat by Brent
“Inspiration strikes at strange times. I was dreading this topic all week because I couldn’t come up with any ideas. It came down to the wire, but sure enough it struck: surely the internet needs more pictures of cats! I had to take my cat Promo (short for Prometheus) to the vet and he was curious about the carrier. The combination of a black cat and a dark space leaves the eyes to tell the story.” –B
Tiny Greenling by Mandy
Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve always been intrigued by the little details in life. That is probably the one thing I love most about photography- the inspiration to look a little deeper and a little more carefully at things most people would never notice. My style of photography has always centered around making the little things, well, greater. This photo was taken in Discovery Park in Seattle, which is my favorite park of all time with the exception of John Muir Woods in California. It really is one of the most inspiring and beautiful areas I’ve ever seen. I looked carefully at every little detail of every tree during my stroll and found this tiny greenling growing lonesome on a fallen tree trunk.
Brent and I are taking a vacation to visit our friends and my family this next week!
Guess where? It’s our next topic…
Beverly’s Hasselblad by Mandy
“This is a Hasselblad vintage camera gifted to me from my brother in-law, who received it as a gift from his mother, Beverly. Actually, his gift of generosity includes three vintage Hasselblad cameras with varying lenses, filters, and film. They currently sit on my shelf looking pretty and I haven’t had a chance to experiment with them, but I’d like to very soon. They all still work as they did over thirty years ago, when Beverly lived in South America. If only cameras could talk; I wonder what kinds of stories they would tell.” –M
Recursion by Brent
“So meta,” said Mandy last week. Little did she know. What you see is two generations of iPhones and a Canon 60D all partying together, taken with a third generation of iPhone. Queue the Inception theme music.
Inconspicuous: Mandy’s choice for next week. Would it fit the theme if I photo-bombed her shot?
verb [ with obj. ]
place or lay (one thing) over another, typically so that both are still evident: the number will appear on the screen, superimposed on a flashing button | (as adj. superimposed) : different stone tools were found in superimposed layers.
A Window to the Past by Brent
“Welcome to Pike Place Market circa 1919, nine years before the iconic “Public Market Center” neon sign was added. For this shot, I dug up and printed a photograph from Seattle Municipal Archives Photograph Collection. The skyline has grown and the cars have changed shape but the market has carried on its tradition of selling local produce and seafood for the last century.” – B
Bringing Dusty to the Park by Mandy
Some of you know that I have an adorable lionhead dwarf rabbit named Dusty. This is about as close as I can get to bringing her to a park. I’ve tried to take her out and it was not a good idea. I took this picture of Dusty against a tapestry hanging in my living room wall with my Fujifilm Instax camera and walked to Cal Anderson Park in Capitol Hill to place her amongst the grass. I like to think that if she had the opportunity, she would stop and smell the flowers. Let this be a little reminder that there are bits of beauty everywhere, if you know where to look.
Brent chose a topic for next week:
Tea for Two by Mandy
“Meet Lily. She is the sweet seven year-old daughter of my friend, Val, who is a follower of our blog. Never will you meet a more energetic, charismatic, sweet, and imaginative little one. When I was contemplating ideas for this topic, I was really stumped. Luckily, my best friend Leanne texted me one night and couldn’t wait to tell me her idea of an “imaginary friend” (thanks Leanne!). Here is Lily having tea with her imaginary friend.” –M
Self Portrait by Brent
Let me start this one off clarifying that when Mandy and I choose topics, it doesn’t mean that we have ideas in mind. This is especially true this week. After picking “imaginary”, I took a step back and thought, “What have I done!?” I had a really hard time with this topic, and even in the end, my result was only loosely related.
With that out of the way, I present to you: my self portrait! The idea was to transform myself into a cartoon-like state. Cartoons are imaginary, right? The idea of sketching out portions of a photograph comes straight from the incredibly talented Sébastien Del Grosso, and it’s certainly a technique I plan to use in the future.
After rearranging the furniture in my apartment, I took this shot against a white wall using a 50mm lens and a remote shutter. In Photoshop, I masked away my arm and body, then used a Wacom tablet to sketch in the lines.
Up next, thanks to Mandy: