The coolest aspect is that she invites guest photographers to share their creative ideas and techniques, and builds a closely-knit community, who joins in. I love to take part in it because it is a high quality challenge, where I not only learn but also meet very interesting people, while having delightful chats with Paula.
It was a big surprise when she invited me to guest post on her blog. I lack no self-esteem, but I am self-aware enough to know that I am an absolute-beginner-photography-enthusiast. I shoot more from the feel and the story than the technique, which most of the times I don’t master yet.
When I join challenges, and look at what others send in contrast with my choices, I notice that I often digress, and create interpretations that are less photographically correct than others. While it is ok to be who I am, and to make my photos as I please this does not make me a role model or a teacher of photography.
I am seriously investing in reading more about technique and experimenting with it, than I ever did, because I know that extreme focus on ‘feel’, is as bad, as extreme focus on ‘technique’! I need to know it better so that I free up my creativity, making more informed choices, and photos that I am happy with.
I accepted Paula’s invite, though, perhaps because as a photographer-in-training, I get courage and inspiration from images and quotes from the masters.
“Photography, as a powerful medium of expression and communication, offers an infinite variety of perception, interpretation, and execution.” – Ansel Adams
I also think she is a daredevil to invite me, and I like that. So, bear with me. Hope you enjoy this. I will do my best not to shame Paula’s blog.
Thank you for the trust, Paula!
It is Black & White Sunday and we needed a theme. I flipped the dictionary to find a word, and there came SQUEEZE. I shivered, wondering what I could make of it. But guess what, it is possible and I am sure you have plenty to share with us.
The rest you know: Shoot or use stock photos. Post process it to make the effects you wish, et voilà, you are good to go.
Here are my interpretations of ‘squeeze’:
The featured image is a macro of the leek vegetable. According to Wikipedia, rather than forming a tight bulb like an onion, the leek produces a long cylinder of bundled leaf sheaths that are generally blanched by pushing soil around them (trenching), which to me feels like squeezing into the soil.
Now the others:
Amsterdam’s architecture is typically squeezing houses and for the lack of space, growing vertically. The first image is house number seven at Singelgracht in Amsterdam, only one meter wide (about 3 ft., 3 in.) and for that labeled as the narrowest house in the world. Right in between the scooter and the car, you can see the door.
This is actually the rear façade of a house. The front of the house is actually 7 meters wide. The reason for this intriguing construction is that in the 17th century, residents were taxed according to the width of the building that faced the canal. Taxes were high, so people tried to find creative ways to avoid these.
The second photo is of haystack. No need to mention the word squeeze, right? While riding my bike I wished I had a better camera with me but my iPhone did a good job.
The third photo is in the Vale do Douro in Portugal during winter. The trees are squeezed and naked.
The fourth Photo is at Boa Viagem beach in Recife, Brazil. The sea view totally squeezed between buildings, making people look bottled up while doing their early morning walk.