Project 52/Artistry: Audience (1) – Introduction

For the next few weeks, the Project 52 group at Who We Become are going to be examining the role of the audience in our photography.  After all, what is art without someone to experience it?  That said, can worrying too much about what others will think of our work change the work and in what ways.  Does it alter how we approach our photography?  How we set up our shots?  How we edit?  What we share?  Are we driven by a desire to improve, to more clearly communicate our vision, or are we simply seeking approval?

This week we are each choosing one photo and explaining how audience was a consideration in taking, editing and sharing that picture. I took this photo of the sunrise through a wet ferry window on a foggy morning. There was no doubt in my mind that I would share it to my Instagram audience, a small band of friends, relatives and fellow photographers. The small screen size and strictly photos format of Instagram makes me willing to share more creative or unusual pictures than I would in other venues.

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PUSH creative challenge: Getting in the picture

Like a lot of photographers (and women/moms in general), I am pretty shy when it comes to actually getting in the picture. And December was such a busy month that a self-portrait shoot for this month’s PUSH Creative Challenge theme was not going to happen. But scrolling through my own and my husband’s Instagram feeds from 2013, I found there were more decent — even creative — snaps of me than I expected.

Next up in the PUSH circle is Catherine, or you can go back to Lisa’s post. I’m looking forward to starting a new year of creative challenges with this terrific group of photographers!

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PUSH creative challenge: Mobile phone

The first of the month means that it is time to post July’s PUSH creative challenge. I am participating in this challenge with a group of talented photographers from around the US that I met through the Clickinmoms forum (happily there is some overlap with my “real life” friends). We have a creative theme each month that is designed to push us out of our photography comfort zones.

July’s “mobile phone” theme coincides with a stretch where my iPhone is pretty much my photography world.  At the beginning of June, I saw that busy times ahead at work would likely keep me from getting out much with my “big camera”. To motivate myself to keep looking for interesting light and compositions, I joined up with another group of Clickinmoms for a daily photo project on Instagram. There are no set themes, just a commitment to post a photo every day. And I’m happy to say I’ve kept up for two months and counting, and that giving it the #cmig365jul tag pushed me to aim for a high quality photo every day.

So here you have it —  my life in July 2013 in 31 tiny little squares, from the camera that is always with me.

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Please continue around the circle to see Linda’s interpretation of our theme, or head back this way to Catherine’s blog.