Focused on photography


It is the last day of October today and according to the rules of my 12-month photo project I am supposed to publish 3 to 5 photos that I took throughout the month based on the theme of the month, which this time was CONTRAST.

Up to now, I always posted five photos, today I have just the minimum, the three, but I’m happy to have them actually. My hubby has been enormously busy these weeks and to make it worse, I fell ill and stayed at home for more than two weeks which didn’t leave me with many options. Eventually I decided to use the last few days I had to try and create some images at home. All of the following photos are staged.

No. 1: Alive

We bought that reproduction a few years ago as my hubby loved it and I wanted to please him but the truth is that I loved the image as well. It’s interesting that we both see contrast in the scenery but in a different way. My hubby says he enjoys the warmth of the orange colour in the coldness of the scene, I perceive loneliness and tranquillity of the view accentuated by the prominent orange colour whose warmth feels somehow hopeful to me. We hang the picture on an orange wall in one of our rooms which added to the contrast. More warmth for my hubby, more hope for me. Now by bringing the flower to the scene I strove for even more contrast, more hope, for bringing life where there is death.

No. 2: Different

My first idea was to take a few books with black covers and include a book with a white cover to create the contrast but it didn’t work as well as I expected until I noticed the series of Agatha Christie’s crime stories which makes the difference shine. I love all about this result. The black covers except the one, the same direction of the titles except the one, the no-picture style except the one, the uncoloured covers except the one, the complementary black and white. Don’t you sometimes feel this different from the people around you?

No. 3: Face-to-face encounter

To add the necessary atmosphere to the story, I processed this photo more than I usually do within this project. You know, this was such a playful idea at first but it took me much further than I expected… When I was showing the resulting image to my hubby and my older son, I expected they would laugh at me thinking I went overboard but much to my surprise, they praised it which encouraged me to include it in this post.

You see, the theme seemed challenging from the beginning and was even more challenging in the end but it gave me an opportunity to create something different than I usually do. Hopefully my images will provide you with some food for thought.

The theme for November is named ONE PLUS ADDITIONAL. As I explained in the rules of the project, it means that the theme shall be represented by collages created from one main photo which will be big and a few accompanying interconnected photos which will be smaller. The main photo has to be taken in November, the other photos can be added from those taken from January to November.

All completed themes of the project can be found HERE.