Why I love Projects

I have always been impressed by creative people. I think that ideas made into fruition are incredible…even when the idea itself is not a completely serious one. I like the guts that it takes to follow through and the hidden talents that are shown in the process.

What’s holding me back?

I want to start a project and have a couple of ideas but I always find an excuse not to start. I have a Flickr friend who is really into shooting strangers. He encouraged me to try the same thing here because it would be a great way for me to continue shooting portraits while I am not charging and it would be a way for me to make some friends! You can check out his work herebut until I get the cajones to throw myself into something like that, I am just going to show you other people’s projects that 

A. make me laugh 
B. make me wish I had thought of it first! 
C. completely overwhelm me

A project that makes me laugh

If you have ever shot a wedding, you will get a kick out of this. It’s Barbie and Ken’s wedding! All of the shots are cliche and found in almost every wedding album I have seen. Beatrice de Guigne still shot beautifully but it just gave me a new perspective on how special one’s wedding day really is. 

Barbie and Ken’s “first dance”

I wish I would have thought of this!

This project might go into the overwhelming pile as well but I love the challenge. I think that Flickr is such a great medium for new as well as seasoned photographers. Get Pushed is a group on Flickr where you can sign up and be matched to a partner and then the goal is really to just push each other. That may be in the form of daily or weekly themes to criticism on your recent photos. Of course, I am sure people who comment on your photos are being nice but I have yet to join the challenge…and yet, here I am, saying that I wish I would have thought of it. I will join the next time they pair people up! promise. 

I am pretty sure I couldn’t do this even if I tried.

Last night, unable to sleep (as usual) I was going through some of my bookmarks that provide me with daily news and goings on of the world. At about 3 in the morning, I found this gem. I have always wanted to work for National Geographic because it’s really the cream of the crop when it comes to photography, right? I found the short interview to be really interesting and thought it was crazy that Frans Lanting shot 16,000 frames for this story and it was on what his assistant called a brief trip to Dead Vlei. I love the picture that looks like a painting! Google the guy if you are bored and you will see what I mean about not being able to do what he does on the most talented day of my life. 

 Frans Lanting’s surreal landscape of Namibia’s Dead Vlei

Challenge me?

I need to be more daring when it comes to my photography. I think being in Lubbock made me settle and being here in Germany is overwhelming me. I need an in between maybe. I am going to go out and try to get inspired but if you’ve got an idea for me please feel free to comment or send me an email!

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