For St. Patty’s day a new (Really COOL) friend of mine, Shannon from www.seeingspotsphoto.com, and I decided it would be a great opportunity to collaborate on a shoot. We thought it would be interesting to see how two creatives, living hundreds of miles apart, would visualize the same subject, which in this case was the idea of “Luck of the Irish”. As Shannon mentions below, the rules were simple, find a subject that represents the idea of Irish luck, while maintaining a creative mindset and not going for the “givens”.
This was a bit more difficult than I had originally anticipated. As you’ll read below Shannon and I actually went through many of the same struggles when coming up with an idea of subject. I wanted to do something that wasn’t too overly done, and initially discarded the idea of the pot of gold. I also wanted to avoid the other obvious choices of four leaf clovers, leprechauns and horse shoe kind of things. The thing was, once you eliminate these choices, your left with some pretty slim pickins!
So the new idea was to take one that I felt was less likely to have been overdone (pot of gold), and give it an interesting Nick twist.
As a kid my all time favorite cereal was Lucky Charms, which was ironic because I would be lucky if my Mom got it for me… something about bouncing off the walls and climbing the ceiling… psshh. So it hit me why not have the gold be a bowl of my treasured Lucky Charms. But I didn’t want it to be just any ol’ bowl.. no no no.
This was a Pot O’ Gold!!
It was a treasure you were lucky to come by!!
Leprechauns aren’t going to put their life into guarding just any ol’ bowl of cereal!!
So I was off on a search for the perfect bowl, which I must add bowls themselves are actually pretty hard to find for some reason, let alone the perfect bowl. Its funny how the reoccurring theme of luck kept popping into the journey towards the pic. I was just about to give up my search and go for a simple black mug, when I happened to walk down an isle that was completely unassociated with cookware of any kind and on the end cap was this Beautiful.. Marvelous.. PERFECT bowl… ON SALE (Last one even!). Coincidence? I THINK NOT!! In fact I think I heard the laughter of a leprechaun in the distant background.
I must say this was a blast to shoot! The park the shot took place at was unsurprisingly packed today, which was fun to watch all the joggers almost trip on the bridge as they looked back to see what the heck I was doing.
Im very pleased with the results, not only my own but especially with Shannon’s! She surprised me with her subject, and although it was not a contest, I must say she wins the creativity award for thinking outside the St. Patty’s day box!
The biggest thing I notice in our projects, is the consistency in obstacle we both had to overcome. It seems we both had very similar thought patterns when it came to the shoot, yet still ended up with pleasantly different results. I truly enjoyed the collab and look forward to hopefully many more with her and others in the near future!!
Below is Shannon’s Pic and thoughts!
Luck of the Photo
It seemed like such a simple…but appropriate and quietly brilliant idea. A photo of “the luck of the irish”… How hard could that be?
Wellllllll….turns out, it was a bit difficult for me.
A few weeks ago, Nick at www.nickexposed.com and I were hatching a plan for a joint blog. We set ourselves only two guidelines – a theme, and the expectation of creativity – and we went to work.
Now to me, the obvious photo would be an image depicting a shamrock (although, they’re a bit hard to come by in CT this time of year) or a leprechaun with his pot of gold (even harder to find real live leprechauns! haha)…I even considered something involving Guinness or green beer! Fortunately, I ran into two problems.
First, the stores around me have already moved on to Easter baskets and chocolate bunnies. Second, and more importantly, most popular St. Patty’s Day icons would not fully convey the intangible concept of “irish luck”…and taking photos of those aforementioned icons seemed too safe and too easy. If you recall, we only had two stipulations at the beginning of this project. I had the feeling someone would notice if I skipped the second one.
I stewed over this problem for a few weeks. Historically, the people of Ireland were considered to have bad luck. It wasn’t until the eventual success of Irish-Americans that our perception of “irish luck” began to change. So, did I take a photo of someone who had seen better days? Did I ask them to wear a leprechaun costume first?
Would it be considered poor taste to recreate bad luck events that shaped the irish people? Did I even need to strive for a literal photo? Or would conceptual fit the bill?
Could I use color to signify nationality? Symbolism? Could I incorporate lesser known, but more meaningful Celtic symbols?
In the end, I chose a studio setting and created an image with symbolism and room for interpretation. On either side of the hand, I used stained glass in front of light stands – one piece of green glass, one orange – to pull the colors of Ireland into the image. After some internal debate, I included the shamrock beads. While they are a symbol of holiday commercialism, they are also one of the most recognizable symbols of Irish culture. Finally, I included a personal expression of luck…I tend to be a finger crosser! =)
The question is, what do you think of our collaborative photo project/challenge? Does it inspire you to try something similar? Do you want to try your own hand at some creative interpretation? We hope so!
I highly suggest you check out Shannon’s other work, as she has a truly creative mind!
And be sure to follow her on Facebook