Your challenge this week is to photograph something to do with ‘Love’.
Now I know it’s Valentine’s Day this week, and copious amounts of chocolates, red roses and heart-shaped balloons etc. are out there for you to photograph. That’s ok if that’s what you want to take. But I’m hoping you may think a bit deeper and come up with something fresh.
I’m going to tell you a little story about my daughter, triggered by looking through old photos. In these photos my daughter is sleeping, dragging, cuddling or playing with a clown, Clowny was his name.
Clowny was knitted by my Grandmother in colourful stripes of red, yellow, white, blue and green and placed in her cot waiting for the day of her arrival. From that day they became inseparable.
As time went by, Clowny began to show signs of wear and tear. Wool threads were breaking and unravelling. His knitted eyes and mouth wore off, a thread held on his hat; even his stuffing was falling out.
It was a battle to pry Clowny from the clutches of her little hands to wash him, she loved his smell. And heaven forbid when I tried to repair him, she loved him as he was. For all his unsightliness, Clowny was treasured and truly beloved by her.
Gestures, closeness, adoration, affection, courtship, devotion, attachment, fondness, friendship, kindness, passion, tenderness are other ideas to encourage creative thinking with this challenge.
Now it’s time to come up with your own concept of ‘Love”. Use your imagination, don’t rush and consider composition, lighting, perspective and backgrounds. Show us your amazing, creative pictures.
Remember to enjoy yourself and have fun this week. I can’t wait to see what you come up with.