So I recently joined a photography challenge. I know that photography was not one of the interests that I mentioned at the start of this blog, but I have always considered myself an artist. Growing up, any art elective I could register for (from high school through college) was added to my schedule. I have a particular affinity for photography.
During high school and college, I took a few photography classes. I loved the mystery of the dark room, the challenge of developing the picture with the right balance of light and dark, and especially the joy of the final product. Even though I am immersed in a demanding PhD program which takes up a lot of my time, I think that makes it even more important that I have a creative outlet that goes beyond literature and writing.
This month’s photography challenge was the bedroom. For me, the challenge lies in the fact that I have a shitty point and shoot digital camera. So, from the start, I am going to apologize for the quality of some of these photos; however, I had a great time styling them.
The way I approached this challenge was to focus on the biggest part of the room. In my case, this is the bed. In our shot-gun style house, we only have windows on one side. That, compounded with the fact that almost all of the rooms are covered in dark-wood paneling, to say I was concerned with the amount of light my bedroom gets was an understatment. So, I decided to take pictures throughout the day to see when the best timing would be. This led to the following series.
The first shot I took around 9 am. I like the textures of the bedding juxtaposed with the softness of the curtains. The morning light is a little harsh here, but I like the variation of highlights and shadows.
The next few shots were taken a few hours later. Here, I tried to play around with some props. I have to say that I really enjoyed the styling aspect of this challenge…though having a tripod would make taking some of these pictures a little easier.
This final shot I took around 4 pm. The softness of the light was perfect. I actually took a ton of photos during this time, but I think the series benefits from the variety of photos of the same object at different times of the day…even though this time was my favorite.
Well, those are the images for this month’s photo challenge. This was so much fun and I am really looking forward to the next one. If you are interested in joining the challenge, let us know here. Stay tuned for next month’s concept: Order (Organization).
Be sure to check out the posts from the other participants in the challenge: