Project 52/Framed: Final week of geometry

To close out month 1 of P52/Framed, double framing with bonus reflection.


See how my friends finished up month 1 on our group blog at Who We Become.

I also took a few other pictures on a walk near Madison Square Park today that used some of the framing and geometry we studied this month:





Project 52/Framed: Balancing with geometry

Our next assignment in our month of geometry is balance: finding a geometric object to serve as a counterweight to the subject in the frame. Here, the chain lines provide balance in the frame and also give just a hint of the context of our playground setting. Please check out the beautiful mosaic of our group’s photos at Who We Become.


Project 52/Framed: Geometry in the environment

This week’s composition exercise was to look for repeating shapes in the environment.

Kiteboarders at Spermaceti Cove, Sandy Hook National Seashore, New Jersey. To see this shot together with my friends’ takes on the assignment, link to our new blog at


And a few others from the same afternoon with repeating shapes




And this one was just cool.


Project 52/Framed: Framing with geometry (with NYC Clickinwalk bonus photos)

When Project 52/Playing with Light drew to a close at the end of the summer, we just couldn’t let go. It was too rewarding to learn together as a group and watch everyone grow in skill and artistry, both in the photos we posted for our blog “assignments” and the spillover into all of our other photography. After a one month hiatus, we are back with a new theme: Framed, a year-long study of composition. We our also trying a new format to spare our readers clicking through a long circle of blogs, now that our group has grown to 18 amazing women. Today we are launching a new joint blog called Who We Become. The name is a recognition that for each of us, photography has gone beyond being a just a new skill we our learning, to an integral part of our personal growth. An introduction to the new site is here. Each week we will post a description of our shooting assignment in our own blogs and link to a gallery where you can see all of our images in one place. The mosaic is generated randomly and will look a little different each time you return. Should you want to read more on any of my friends’ takes on the assignment, you may also continue on to any individual photographer’s website by clicking on her image in the mosaic.

So now we come to Week 1: Framing with geometry. Click on this link to be taken to the Who We Become week 1 gallery.

In the first month of Framed, we are studying ways to harness the strong visual interest of geometric shapes. For week 1, we use a geometric element to frame our subject.


This photo was taken by a huge geometric sculpture in a plaza behind City Hall during the 2013 New York City Clickinwalk last weekend (sponsored by Clickinmoms, the photography forum where I met so many of my Project 52 friends). Here are a few of my other favorites from the walk, some geometric and some not!















PUSH creative challenge: Humanizing a non-human

This month’s PUSH creative challenge, humanizing a non-human, was a tough one, and some in our circle decided to post other creative choices instead. But the assigned theme struck a chord with me. In a composition course I took about a year ago, we had to pick three words we would want others to use to describe our photography. The three words I chose were:


(actual picture taken for course assignment in October 2012!)

While capturing personality is an obvious goal for portraiture, I also love when a photograph of a place or object manages to convey some sense of the “personality” of its subject.

On a recent weekend we went to Mt. Mitchell Scenic Overlook in Atlantic Highlands, NJ. The park has the highest elevation on the Atlantic seaboard between Maine and the Yucatan with terrific views of Sandy Hook Bay and New York City, although it was a bit overcast on this particular day. When I saw these binoculars, I knew I had my humanized non-human, and my daughter was totally tickled to contribute the body parts.

PUSH September-4

On a more somber note, the park is also home to Monmouth County’s 9/11 memorial. Explaining that day to a 7-year-old is no easy task. I was struck by the grave look on the face of this eagle, who sits atop the monument listing those who died from the towns in the area where I grew up.

PUSH September-5

Next up in the PUSH circle is my friend Lisa Rigazio. You can also go back to the blog of Catherine Woelk.