Week 16 – Hidden (Submitted Entry)

Bit of a rush job for a change, that never quite worked out how I wanted it to, but nevertheless ended up working quite well I think.

Week 16 - Hidden

I once saw a photo of a girl in a shower, mascara running down her cheeks. Although she wasn’t crying, the raw emotion on her face that the photographer captured was obvious to anyone viewing.

As soon as I saw this weeks theme, a similar idea started to form in my head because the only thing I could think of that related to hidden was ‘feelings’ or ’emotions’. that led me off on a path of pondering and it occurred to me that chaps, or gentlemen of a certain age don’t deal with emotions particularly well. For some reason we ignore them for the most, and certainly never ever talk about them (unless drunk !). I wanted to try and capture this with an ironic tip of the hat to the girl in the shower shots to say that blokes have feelings too…..
Unfortunately, space and time were a bit short and I never managed to capture the RAW emotion I saw in my head. Partly because I was too much of a coward to face the camera and partly because I couldn’t see what I was taking (I could do wirth a wireless way of triggering the camera) .

I was hoping that the image would be strong enough to convey this without the lengthy description but the couple of people that saw them before I posted didn’t get it at all (Erm it’s a bloke in a shower? being the primary response)…….. I’m kind of hoping that it will get you all thinking anyhow, be interested to know what spring to mind.

Was worth doing, just to get me out of the comfortable still life mentality. Out of my comfort zone for this week’s theme. I could have taken the easy option and gone for hidden beauty, or hidden detail but decided to plough ahead with this one. Didn’t quite convey the message I intended and the composition isn’t quite right (which effectively kills the entire photo) but think it was a reasonable effort and still makes you think about what’s going on a bit.

Week 16 – Hidden (and other projects)

Hidden – So many things sprang to mind for this week that it was almost a bit too much. From magical worlds hidden in the fridge, to lost socks poking out from under the washing machine a jumble of images tumbling through my head, some relatively ‘easy’ to set up and shoot some almost impossible without hair, makeup and models. Importantly though, pretty much all of them don’t involve the tabletop set-up that’s getting quite familiar now, and all of them are different to the previous submissions.

Of all of the ideas I’ve had, it’s the very first one that stuck in my mind. Over the course of the week it”s developed in my head and going for this will be both ambitious, and challenging. Totally outside my comfort zone both on a technical and artistic level (in that I’m not sure that I’ll be able to convey the emotional side of it as clearly as I ‘see’ it in my head. Hopefully I’ll have some time this evening to get it sorted and make it in time for the deadline !!

Another interior itch (which has potential to develop into a minor obsession) has been getting worse and I think it’s about time I scratched it. There’s an old Kodak Box Brownie languishing in my loft somewhere. I thought it was with the Cine8, clockwork movie camera, but had a quick peek and it isn’t. so it must be up there with the other super8 cine camera underneath something else. Guess I’ll be up there at the weekend rooting about. I remember using it as a child and I’m more and more interested in seeing if I can get anything decent out of it. Not sure if it still works, nor am I sure that I’ll be able to get my hands on any 620 film for it, but it’s got to be done at some point this year. The trouble with this is that I can see this going somewhere unpredictable and me ending up with a spare room full of chemicals by the summer…… Not sure how this will pan out but watch this space……

Happy New Year (Week 15 – New Start)

Happy new year everyone, and apologies if you’re a bit squeamish…..

Was going to save this idea in favour of a completely different approach for this week, but on reflection, asking the wife to pack a suitcase, and pose for some bye bye shots with runny mascara probably wouldn’t have been the best way of starting the new year, even if it was just for a shoot.
The second idea I had was a bin bag full of booze, not sure why I never did that now but sure there was a reason.

Anyhow, I read today that smokers on 20 a day will lose 2 teeth on average, every 10 years. I lost my 10 year 2, just before christmas within a week off each other. Ties in niceley with one of my resolutions….. No, I’m not giving up smoking, I’m giving up reading about healthier choices…….

Anyhow – After 12 years of neglecting my gnashers, I decided on a new beginning for my remaining pegs, with regular trips to the dentist.

(Just noticed that I also forgot to check my ISO before setting up – I thought the flash was doing a good job on 1/64)

Week 15 - New Start (Ouch)

Week 14 – Christmas Spirit – eating drinking and gambling…….

Every Christmas, without fail, ever since I was a boy. at some point, the Spinning Top is out of the cupboard the table is covered in loose change and an hour or so is spent putting and taking.

Christmas Games - Put and Take

Said to have been ‘invented’ as a game during the first world war, the dreidel, or spinning top is used to determine whether you put coins into the pot or take them out.
that said, similar devices can be traced back to 16th Century Germany, as well as Ancient Greece and Rome, as detailed on the Antique Gambling Chips website (extracted below) All I know is that it’s fun and the kids enjoy it too.

Origins and brief history. Put and Take is one of many forms of Teetotums (any gaming spinning top). The Teetotums were known in ancient Greece, and the Dreidel (put and take instructions on the four-sided spinner) was developed in 16th century Germany. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica article on teetotums, “the hexagonal (six-sided) teetotum was known to the ancient Greeks and Romans.” The earliest teetotums were used as a substitute for dice, especially useful in board games. Put & Take tops, like the standard brass one pictured just above, originated in America and were very popular from the early 20th century to about the 1940’s. They could be carried in ones pocket and used anytime in a bar, army barracks or other gathering place for an impromptu gambling session. Each player would contribute chips, coins or currency to a pot. One dictionary gives 1920-25 as the period for the origin of the term “put and take.” An Australian gambling-related web site says, “the Western world’s game of put-and-take [is] rarely encountered since the 1930s. … I suspect that the reason for the … disappearance … from the English and American gambling scene is that too many loaded tops were being used. In other words, there was a great deal too much putting by novices and taking by cheats.” So the heyday of Put and Takes was the 1920s and 30s. There is the 1921 silent movie “Put and Take”, a 1921 “Put and Take” Broadway show and song, at least five American patents regarding Put and Take taken out between 1920 and 1940, and even a 1929 “Put and Take” jazz swing composition. (Today, there is a casino game “Put and Take” that uses playing cards instead of a spinner!. Today, there are also grifters hustling people with crooked Put & Take dice. And of course, there are virtual Put & Take aps where you can design your own game. Now-a-days there are too many manifestations of Put & Takes games and rules to mention on this page, which is dedicated to vintage items.)

Week 9 – Perspective

Going to have a lot of fun with this one. Unfortunately my head’s bursting with ideas, and that’s before I’ve looked anything up in the dictionary. Going to be a challenge to actually decide what I want to shoot form the list. This was a concept thing (to see if I could manage it on my own or whether I needed a model) and although lighting wise they’re shocking with a bit more effort to make sure that everything lines up where it should (and the shoes are cleaned) this could be an option….

Test Shots

Week 8 – ‘Fast’ – Submitted shot

Late submission, but in my head it still counts.
Wanted to try and stay away from the obvious again, and whilst not really pushing the limits in a photographic sense, I’m quite pleased that I managed to come up with an idea that was again a little different from the first thing that pops into my head. Wanted to capture the ‘fasting’ element with he empty plate and water, but thought about how dieting is almost a religion for some people as well (hence the tape measure).

Week 8 - Fast

fast   [fast, fahst]
verb (used without object)
1.
to abstain from all food.
2.
to eat only sparingly or of certain kinds of food, especially as a religious observance.
verb (used with object)
3.
to cause to abstain entirely from or limit food; put on a fast: to fast a patient for a day before surgery.
noun
4.
an abstinence from food, or a limiting of one’s food, especially when voluntary and as a religious observance; fasting.
5.
a day or period of fasting.
Origin:
before 1000; Middle English fasten, Old English fæstan; cognate with German fasten, Gothic fastan, Old Norse fasta

Week 8 - Fast

Week 8 – Fast

So many interpretations of the theme this week it’s pretty amazing. The first, and probably most obvious thing that sprung to mind was fast as an adjective. Quick, Not slow. This alone provides limitless potential with fast things happening around us pretty much anywhere, all day. Getting a fast shot here wouldn’t take a great deal of imagination, nor a complicated set-up. In fact, I raided the archives and I already have a ton of photos that would happily fit this theme.

Global Economy

Fast shutter, fast spinning coin, fast lens……. you get the picture (pun intended)

Alternatively, there’s the ignition point of butane – That’s pretty quick too. Quite difficult to catch this but worth the effort in the long run.

Lighter Sparks

Then there’s the fast streams of molten magnesium and iron filings burning. How many more can there be.

Sparklers - more random abstract oddness

So for this week I once again had some rather grand ideas. I haven’t taken the shot yet (in fact I’ve not even got the safety shots in the bag either) but I have been thinking.
Fast is a great adjective. It’s also a verb, an adverb and noun. Quite excited about this and definitely have something a little different to the immediate connection with speed in mind.

FAST
noun
a chain or rope for mooring a vessel.
Origin:
1670–80; alteration, by association with fast 1 , of late Middle English fest, perhaps noun use of fest, past participle of festen to fasten, or < Old Norse festr mooring rope fast1    [fast, fahst] adjective, fast·er, fast·est, adverb, fast·er, fast·est, noun adjective 1. moving or able to move, operate, function, or take effect quickly; quick; swift; rapid: a fast horse; a fast pain reliever; a fast thinker. 2. done in comparatively little time; taking a comparatively short time: a fast race; fast work. 3. (of time) a. indicating a time in advance of the correct time, as of a clock. b. noting or according to daylight-saving time. 4. adapted to, allowing, productive of, or imparting rapid movement: a hull with fast lines; one of the fastest pitchers in baseball. 5. characterized by unrestrained conduct or lack of moral conventions, especially in sexual relations; wanton; loose: Some young people in that era were considered fast, if not downright promiscuous.