I took part in the May Half and Half Challenge on the 365project. I spent lots of time looking at shots on the Instagram Half and Half project which inspired me so much – half and half shots achieved with composition, with a specific dividing line (either vertical, horizontal, or diagonal), by balancing two opposing visual elements such as light and shadow, colour and monotone, sharp focus juxtaposed with shallow depth of field. I really enjoyed exploring how this new way of looking at things worked and had a good month, suffused with colour and light, as you can see from the collage below!
I was enthusiastic about doing the theme again – after all, 2017 had been a personal success. I started out with the idea to do weekly mini-themes and set about trying to take shots for week one based on “above and below”. I took and posted some photos but wrote in my journal:
I am not happy with my 1/2 an 1/2 so far this month. They are soulless – I’m not shooting how it feels, I’m shootig what it looks like! Perhaps I should abandon the above and below idea and get creative next week?
In the spirit of sharing my successes and failures, here’s the ones I really didn’t like this month.
I did. I planned a few mini photo walks before work. I packed tea and breakfast and headed to work an hour earlier, parking in a different place to normal. I wandered around campus with my camera. The early autumn leaves were not completely dry and colourless yet and their rich, deep colours gave me some initial shots. Then I saw how they were backed up against drains and manholes – lots of geometric shapes and rust. My groove came back for a while! Thankfully, I had enough for the next 6 days!Travelling puts a spanner in the works
Then I went travelling and all hopes of finding interesting half and half shots died – or maybe I wasn’t looking carefully enough. The environment was too new, too different to look for alternative perspectives. But after a few days I began to see some possibilities and shot those, some of them ended up in the monthly calendar, but I wasn’t overly enthused by them.
At one point, after my return from Namibia, I decided not to finish the month. But then I remembered my promise to myself to do a full 365 this year and my tenacity and determination kicked in. I continued to post. In desperation, in the last few days, I scoured my 2017 archives for shots that I didn’t use and posted some of those. This month’s learning
I think I’ve learnt a lot. I guess I learn more when things don’t go as planned…
- Not every month is going to be wonderful, not every photo is as I want it to be. But I continued to take photos. I didn’t give in. I felt like it though.
- I can tell when my photos are not shot with love and passion
- Travelling wrecks havoc with themes – even with the best intentions
- Doing a number of structured themes for four months in a row has stifled my creativity. I normally sing the praises of themes, but I discovered this month that they do have their drawbacks – for me anyway! I’m not afraid to take a different perspective on this one!
And here’s the final monthly view! How do you think it compares to last year’s efforts? Do you have a favourite or a least favourite? I’d really like to hear your thoughts – leave me a comment or two!
Until next month’s photography musings, enjoy the summer if you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, or stay warm if you’re not!