Take a tray. Put a colander inside the tray. Put a watering can inside the colander. Shoot.
I know, it sounds like utter nonsense. I’d definitely shake my head in disbelief at such an idea. But coincidentally, the other day I bought those three things for my still life photography and when I wanted to take them and place them somewhere (no idea where at that moment), I put them together in the above mentioned way and went looking for some available space. When I got back and saw them sitting on the table, it struck me how interesting they looked together.
That made me go and grab my camera and take a few photos of the whole group and of some details which looked almost abstract.
I wasn’t quite happy with the background and light conditions though so I revisited the idea using better background, more appropriate part of the day for the shooting and a tripod. And I also tried a different lens to achieve better composition.
I think that it would be a mistake to consider the imperfect photos to be a failure. I rather think of them as of drafts or sketches capturing the idea and showing me whether there is some potential or not.
I liked these two shots best and present both of them in two edits. What a difference… What a challenge.
So now you know. Take a tray. Put a colander inside the tray. Put a watering can inside the colander. Shoot. No creative idea is crazy enough.