Over the last couple of weeks I have challenged you, my readers, with a few photographic tasks. The response has been more than expected and I have been impressed by the creativity and visual approach to the two challenges I have thrown up in the air so far.
Thus, I would like to give you a different and last challenge – for now at least. Next week I will start to showcase the photos that have been submitted to the previous challenges. But first then, the new challenge:
This is a very special challenge in that I am not necessarily asking for you to post any photos here. Nevertheless I would love if you did, but as you soon will see the challenge is not about one way to approach or look for photography – as the two previous challenges. The thought behind the challenge today is that we who enjoy photographing, maybe some times take it too seriously. We want so much and we have so high expectations for the end result. I would think it’s quite common for all fields of creative work. The consequence of these high expectations might be stagnation and inhibition rather than brilliance. When we want too much our creative mind freezes fearing that we won’t be able to deliver as expected. We actually end up doing exactly contrary to what we want to do. If you decide to make a master piece, you surely will end up not being able to do so. Master pieces don’t come on order. On the contrary, they come when you least expect it, when you let go of all pretentions and expectations and just create from the bottom of your heart, freely and without inhibitions – with no second thoughts to the final result. If you allow yourself to fail, if you allow yourself to make mistakes, you will let down your guard, and then maybe – maybe – you will be able to create something truly original and personal.
So the challenge this week is to do exactly that. Give yourself an hour or half a day or whatever and go out and photograph ugly and erroneous photos. Don’t only try to let go of any expectations, but actually photograph with the intention of creating crap. You will surely shoot something quite different than you would usually do – and you might even find some shots that come out very strongly and captivating. Don’t expect this though, just go out there and do something you never ever do otherwise. However the result is going to be, the process itself will be enlightening.
Please, if you dare showcase some of these photos, I would love to have you post a link in a comment underneath as usual for these challenges. It would be fun to see what we all come up with of different approaches. Are you ready?