Images in the time of Coronavirus v.4
Welcome to Variations on a Theme, our latest family photo challenge including members throughout Australia and the UK.
Now we’ve just completed our fourth challenge – Variations on a Theme. The instructions from my sister and her husband, are summed up here in one sentence:
One theme or thing – six images – four weeks (or so) – one magazine to document our creativity.
What was my theme?
I initially started with water but despite having photos of a river, a lake, the beach – I decided to change mid way. Also my nephew had chosen the coast as his theme so I decided I’d try something different. His photos are always sensational and I didn’t want to feel inadequate 🙂
So I chose Bike Bits as my theme instead. I made a list of things I could photograph without actually taking a photo of my bike and set about trying to be creative. The toy bike sign belonging to my granddaughter’s train set, was a last minute addition, mainly because the colours appealed to me!
I tried to attach a similar ‘style’ to each photo too, although I’m not sure if this worked or not.
I also used some apps to edit my photos, this is most obvious in the bike computer photo – the original was very boring but I liked the overlay the ‘spectrum’ filter gave it.
Are you a fan of this sort of editing?
Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world.Bruno Barbey
How it worked
We were invited to join the group, (no pressure was applied), and we received the instructions and some examples of what a ‘theme’ entailed, plus the proposed time line.
Over a few Sunday nights, we all got together on Zoom and shared our thoughts from the week and we could discuss our theme to get some ideas from the group. It was a great way to stay connected, think outside the box and have some fun being creative. Everyone’s photos showed their creativity and the world around them.
Themes included: Changed states, At the Beach, COVID Cheddar Gorge, Around the House, the Humble Spud, Sugar Cane, What’s at the tip of my feet, Journey of a Cow, Through the eyes of a 3 year old, The Cafe, Bike Bits, Abandonment, Yalwal Road Home. There were some truly brilliant photos taken and shared!
Family members involved this time round, included my sister and her husband (the organisers), the Mathematician, my daughter, my mother, my niece and her husband, another niece, my nephew, my sister’s daughter-in-law and her teenage daughter, a close family friend – and covered a wide range of ages as you can imagine!
I was very impressed with the range of themes chosen, the variety of photos, the creativity and the diligence of everyone – most of us are not ‘real’ photographers but amateurs simply playing around (well that describes me anyway)!
We helped each other out with ideas, encouragement and support – but I guess that’s what families do! It was a real challenge for everyone and we all approached it in different ways with regular reminders and advice.
As with the past challenges, my sister is now compiling the photos into a magazine, so we all have something to look back on from this tumultuous time.
Can I ask what was your favourite photo from my Bike Bits theme?
So what’s next?
Our next project is Composition Photography Challenge – stay tuned for more….
Hope all is going well with you during these tough times. I always enjoy hearing from you so leave me a comment below and join in the conversation.
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