I'm late with this project post. Because I didn't like this theme either. HA! There seems to be an underlying recurring theme to all these monthly themes. It's the "Trish being a big fat baby about this project that she started" theme.
I suppose it makes perfect sense that I'm struggling as much as I am with this project (for those just tuning in, it's a project I do with other photographers where every month we shoot in a particular theme and then post, sharing our interpretation of that theme). I mean, the whole reason I started this was because I needed to be held accountable in order to push myself to do these things. So I guess this is just proof that this project was exactly what I needed.
So this months theme was "Perspective". And what I did at the beginning of the month was looked up the definition of perspective as it pertains to photography. That was my first mistake. Because then I stopped myself from shooting saying things to myself like "that doesn't fit the definition". Ugh. Nothing like stopping yourself from doing something you love.
So, then I remembered that the whole reason why I love photography is because each person has their own unique "perspective", which means that I can have my own perspective on "perspective" and that was kinda the point.
Does anyone else drive themselves nuts the same way I do? I swear... my mind is my biggest enemy sometimes-all-the-time.
Anywho, I decided to remove the definition from it and just shoot. And here's what I learned about myself.
1. Big. Fat. Baby.
2. I like the "perspective" of getting in close; of looking deeper. And this is very much in line with my personality, so I guess it makes sense. Things are never what they seem on the surface, and there's nothing that shows that truth more than macro photography. I remember I saw this moth once, and it look SO FREAKING BAD ASS and stealth... and so I grabbed my camera and macro lens and when I saw it through that lens, it looked like a total dork. It's eyes were super big and kind of cock-eyed, and I remember laughing really hard at that first peak. Very deceiving appearances are...
3. I LOVE when a photo ends up being totally obscure, so that it's hard to figure out what it is, or even, can fool the eye into thinking it's something else. I remember, when I was a kid, I used to read the magazine Highlights... or was it The Weekly Reader... I don't know... but it had photos at the back that were either shot macro or taken in a weird way that made it obscure enough that you had to try and guess what it was. I LOVED those things. And so if "obscure" is a "perspective", then I think I like that one too.
4. I also learned that I use air quotes and ellipses WAY too much...
So here's my interpretation of "perspective" in photography. To see how others interpreted this theme, click this link.
Also, in my interwebtubernet travels to find cool examples of "perspective" I came across this artist, who's mind works in such an amazing way that I am constantly blown away by what he creates. Check him out... you won't be disappointed.
Perspective - Maui Photographer