Monday, February 18, 2013

Day Eighteen: I M U

Monday, February 18th: Compassion

Very often one of the first subjects beginning photography students will want to photograph is the homeless. I completely understand that they feel it's a "real" subject ... and there's certainly a lot of "grit" to the subject. But, my concern is that they want to photography the homeless because of they are different...they are the "other."  So what I (usually) tell them is that "You need to go beyond that, I want you to photograph them for our similarities...not our differences." 

Today's prompt is compassion...look at your world with compassion and see how (if) that makes a difference in the kind of imagery you are drawn to make. Look for how "I am U" is played out, how you connect and recognize yourself in the world at large. 

If you've just joined us, February is a 28 day creativity challenge with a new "prompt" each day to get you thinking in new ways. The goal is to just have fun, don't try to control too much, feel free to use a cell phone or any camera that's easy for you. Don't worry about the end results. With each prompt you can take it literally or not, you can wing it, google it, ask for people's opinions...whatever you want to do is perfect. Bottom line - it's supposed to be fun, there are no right or wrongs.

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