Yesterday was the official first day of Light Hunters: Getting Through the Grey. This week we're working on still life shots, which is something I haven't really explored. It's interesting that I shy away from certain things and then Vivienne says "here's what were doing this week" and I dive right in.
I don't know why I feel resistant to certain techniques. For example, when I started Swan Dive in the summer, I was resistant to working with my photos using textures and all that good stuff. I thought I was a purist, but 2 classes in and I was sold on the merits of being able to transform my photos using the same artistic instincts I use for collage, only in digital form. It's opened up a whole new world for me.
As you can see, I am happily using all the skills I've gained in the 3 classes I've taken so far this year. It's exciting to feel the progression while trying something new. I live for learning. The excitement for me is in challenging myself and taking risks.
I bought this odd little doll in an antique store in my travels because I like Kewpie dolls. It's always baffled me as to why someone made it naked, clutching a lolly and looking kinda scared. It's just plain weird, but it does make an interesting subject to play with. I sat it on an antique trunk in my livingroom, in a beam of afternoon sunlight that was peeking through the blinds, to get the shot.
I'm really diggin' still life shots-it's a whole other way to create art!