“𝒕𝒉𝒆 ‘π‘ͺπ’‰π’Šπ’π’…π’“π’†π’’𝒔 π‘·π’‚π’“π’Œ’ 𝒔𝒕𝒐𝒓𝒆𝒅 𝒂𝒍𝒍 𝒕𝒉𝒆 π’Žπ’†π’Žπ’π’“π’Šπ’†π’”, π’•π’‰π’†π’Šπ’“ 𝒂𝒅𝒖𝒍𝒕𝒉𝒐𝒐𝒅 π’‡π’Šπ’π’•π’†π’“π’†π’… π’π’–𝒕”

Sometimes the spontaneity of a moment can affect your photographs beyond anything you had originally imagined. When we were sent out Monday to shoot photos for our layering assignment. I had found a kid’s pair of sunglasses broken left behind on a playground. I was trying to think of new ways to photograph the jungle gym when all of sudden I could see a shiny glare from the corner of my eye. We’ve all seen the same photos of playgrounds so it was slightly hard for me to be inspired to create something unique to my vision. But there they were. Blue kids sunglasses waiting for me. I started to prop them up discovering an amazing reflection of the jungle gym waiting to be shot.

 Now as we move forward into our concentrations. I’m trying to keep always in the forefront of my mind, commercial photography. Which I would define as the ability to sell a concept about a product over a vast range of visual ideas. During our first commercial classes, we had to brain storm about certain words that we could attach to photographs we chose for ourselves that reflected our visual styles or approaches to photography. During our round robin, the class had chosen the words β€œwhimsical, story-telling, organized chaos, no context, mysterious, cool, complementary colors” to describe my interests. I felt that to be very appropriate. I also really like the statements of β€œnature out of place, subject out of place; the absence of light at first, removed from reality, distant as possible, pushing boundaries, and non-literal.” Now we are tasked with shooting with these concepts in mind for all our work. It’s actually quite helpful for me because I’ve always felt pulled into so many directions. But when I look back at all my previous work I can see these themes so clearly. I realize now I really like this photo of the kids sunglasses. Innately I was thinking about children on playgrounds, youth, and forgotten times of our past. So I decided to push those ideas further with composition while still trying to sell a story. It’s nice to see my jumble mind can think in a commercial way even in its serendipitous pursuits.

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