For todays photo journey, I decided to be a bit adventurous and explore uncharted territories, which really means driving around aimlessly looking for a scene to invoke some sort of excitement within. Its a bit of a gamble when racing the sunlight looking for a new scene in an area you are completely unfamiliar with. I would say the house took the winnings with this gamble, as I didn’t end up with a single image that “dazzled” me in the various scenes I captured in the hour or so journey.
However I wouldn’t say the day was a total loss. I have a charity event coming up next week, and offered to donate a print to be auctioned off and raise money for the cause. In talking with a fellow photographer today we were discussing which picture would best suite the auction and crowd. We narrowed it down to a few and the original Flatware Simplicity image was one of them, being a good portion of the attendees are within the Cutco sales world and would appreciate the artistic view on the product. In going through the folder with the original image, I came across this perspective of the stainless fork and immediately found myself editing it and bringing it to life. I still cant help but to love the simplistic nature of these photos, bringing in a beautiful fine art esq. appeal to an already beautiful utensil.
One of the topics that has been reoccurring in my friend and my conversations lately is my.. we’ll call it inexperienced fear, of cropping in ways other than the traditional 4×6 and 8×10. She happens to be a fan of square cropped images, yet I have not exactly taken a liking to them yet. I asked her to continue pushing me when it comes to this subject, as I love adding new tools to my artistic bag of tricks. If you notice, I chose a square crop yesterday, and surprisingly preferred it to the standard crop. Todays image has a truly unconventional crop that maintains no specific cropping ratio, but suites the image quite well. Now I would never crop just for crops sake, it would have to drastically impact the image for me to follow through. Yet at the same time I love finding areas of uncertainty in my creative expression, because once these are discovered growth is inevitable.