I have been kinda/sorta doing an instagram photo challenge.
I have some problems with it.
- some people use pictures that other people took (like ads) in order to describe the scene. I think that’s kind of like cheating
- Some people take pictures of words to describe the prompt- I’m iffy about this one. While a word does tell you the prompt, it’s kind if boring
The we come along my greatest problem with insta challenges:
I am not good at staging scenes.
In fact, I am horrible at staging scenes.
And I am just not creative or clever when it comes to photos.
It’s odd that I scheduled this post for this week. On Sunday I had a crisis of faith regarding my insta phot challenge. The prompt was “swing”.
How do you portray “swing”?
Of course, as I am blazingly literal, I thought about an actual swing at the park.
And I also realized that I could not go to the park and take a picture of the children’s playground. On one level that’s just weird. And on the other level it could get me beat up or arrested.
And then I didn’t know what to do. I did not feel like getting up before the park opened to take a picture…
Then I got lazy.
I didn’t do any of the prompts this week.
Yesterday as I sat in Barnes and Noble and enjoyed by iced tea, I looked at the prompt list. One of them was “mood”. I saw a mural of Oscar Wilde looking quite moody so I snapped it. But I was 100% phoning it in.
Another prompt was “picture”, so I glanced through my camera role and saw a picture of a picture I saw at the Whitney the other day. So I shared that one.
Here are my missing prompts:
a beautiful sight
Admittedly, some of these are easy, but it’s still hard for me to think about the picture that I want to get…
I know I can take a picture of a vehicle, but how do I make it fun? How do I make it stand out? How do I make it good?
How do I express these ideas clearly without resorting to words, or worse, having to make sure the description is clear enough to show my intention without explanation?
And it all comes down to creativity and set up.
Can you get more creative with photography? Is it a learned skill? If I keep practicing will I get better? Or will I always be blatantly average at it?
Same questions for staging. Some people are genius at it. Others, like me, are not…
I wonder if I’m just too impatient. Do I look at a word and expect some brilliant thought to shoot out of my head thus making it easy? Does some part of me think, well, you just take a picture of something…duh…
I think I’m going to start by doing the prompts a day before they are due. If I give myself a day to think about it, instead of rushing to take the picture and post it, maybe the creativity will start to take space.
But for now, I think I’ll make sure I take the donut picture today, you know, because, donuts…
And I’ll think about how I can creatively portray the others…