Monthly Archives: January 2010

Here are the rest of the sample of pictures from my street.

Please let me know what you think! I know that this is a departure from my usual portraiture, but it really is helping me to think about the camera more creatively and to try new things. And these will bleed into my portraiture. This week I will find out just how much because I will be using a real live person as my 100 frame project. Tune back in on Monday for the results. Until then I have a couple of other fun posts planned for you all.

Oh, and, Happy Birthday Ray!

Part two:

This week I decided to choose a larger subject, my street, which is one block long. I took the shots on a pretty grey afternoon. I was waiting as long as possible to see if it would warm up, but as it turns out there was no break in the cold last week. Unfortunately cameras and gloves are not close friends!

Ironically, with lots more space to choose from I found it more difficult to get shots I loved this week than last week when I confined myself to a room.

Nonetheless, I have lived on this street for over 5 years. And yet there were so many details of this street that I never really took the time to notice. This is especially embarrassing because I actually walk the street (and around the neighborhood) quite a bit. My street is home to a very diverse population. It is an eclectic place with older houses, some nearing the end of their life, and others freshly painted with beautiful gardens. Since it is an urban area there are none of those “subdivision” rules that keep all front doors the same shade of red or promote landscaping of any kind. There is one brand new house, which is lovely to look at but inspired NO photographs. New can be kind of dull. I found the chipped paint, the old lines, and the less chic so much more interesting to look at and photograph.

So, here she is, my street, one little block in Cambridgeport. Enjoy!

In the interest of full disclosure: I love these kids. I enjoy every child I photograph, smile at every baby I see, and try to engage children even on airplanes. So there is the global “I love kids” and then there is the specific matter of these twins, who I love.

We first met when they were 1 week old and I’ve done photos of them every six months since that time (these are their 18-ish month photos). And I have watched them grow and change (and become more difficult to photograph!) for a long time now. Their mom, a planner to say the least, already put their first birthday on my calendar. One day this winter I will do a retrospective of their photos, just so that you too can see all their changes and evolving adorableness. [As a side note, I am going to add an expanded package to my website for a year in your baby’s life, so check the investments section here]

Now S & A are in that busy phase of toddlerhood. The frustrating period for them where they can get around really well, but have limited (although constantly growing) language. The world (within 2 feet of the ground) is their oyster–and most everything else is more interesting than the woman with the big black thing in her face. You can watch the wheels in their heads spinning as they figure out how to reach/throw/grab/play with everything. Then there is the plotting necessary to get toys away from one another.

However, it is amazing what kids understand. S came over to me as I was taking photos of A and made it clear that he wanted to see the pictures. He even told me, using baby sign language, when to change the photo. Even 18 month olds expect to see the pictures NOW–the industry has changed!

One thing that you may have noticed in the first round of photos is that I have a love affair with color. I have red, blue, green and orange knives. My plates cover the rainbow. Towels from turquoise to bright red and everything in between. My utensils are every conceivable color. Even my pots are blue. And I was grateful that I had painted the walls bright blue as I was taking these pictures, it created some neat-o effects.

Shapes are another obsession of sorts. My plates are round, square, and triangular. Even my serving dishes have to be colorful or geometrically interesting–preferably both. I have an eclectic collection.

So, without further adieu, here are the rest of my kitchen shots. I hope that you enjoy them.

Next week, what to shoot? Maybe my bathroom? It has beautiful purple walls. Suggestions welcome!

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see the world with another person’s eyes? See what they notice, what never enters their mind, what their first thoughts are in different situations. I think about this all the time. I used to work with a painter who would put the most unlikely colors in her pictures, and it always worked brilliantly. I asked her about this once and she said “I think that I see more colors than other people do.” What if that is true? Other friends cannot tune out even subtle background music. I don’t even hear it, but for them it is like lights going off in their brain. What would it be like to experience that?

Photography changes your vision. Carrying a camera makes me see the same scenes differently than I would without a camera. I always pay attention to faces, and often wish that I could photograph strangers whose features I find interesting. But I also see patterns, lines, tiny pieces of scenes and imagine capturing them in the frame. My assignment to myself to shoot 100 frames in my kitchen helped me notice little things in my own environment in a new way. I noticed how I wanted to shoot and adjusted the camera accordingly–for the most part I used a 50mm lens wide open (f 1.8). Although I really prefer to shoot people, these exercises are great fun, wonderful to play around.

I processed all of the files in Lightroom using only one or two presets. I did a couple in color and black and white, just to show the difference the processing makes (or because I could not decide which way I liked them better). Having fun was the name of the game.

Since I did so many frames I will post a selection of them today and tomorrow. Check it out. I would love comments here, on Facebook or on my Twitter feed (tab at left).

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