The dates indicated below are when the photos will be shown during a scheduled club meeting. Keep future assignments in mind when you’re out and about today; the perfect photo for February may be available to you in October.
October 20: “The colour…”
Pick a colour as your theme, and generate up to six photos which incorporate that colour.
Like blue? A sky, or water; your favourite blanket or sweater; those unknown flowers growing in the corner of your garden.
Why did you pick that colour? What does it mean to you?
November 18: “Neglect”
As much as Facebook or Instagram would have us believe we live in a bright and shiny world, the truth is many things around us do not receive the necessary care. Where do you see examples of this? In your house, on your property, or on public lands? In animals, plants, or inanimate objects?
December – No Assignment
January 19: “Beauty of Simplicity”
This one is more about process, as opposed to gathering.
Find a scene you admire, something with detail that captures your attention. Stand there, and take the photo.
Next, break the scene down into simpler components. That field of yellow flowers? Get the petals. And that purple one over there. And the swaying grass.
The corner of Main and 4th? Check out the pattern made by the sun reflecting in the windows of the Elijah Smith building, or that pole covered in advertisements (hey, pull down that Sherman Hines poster, eh!). What about that bit of graffiti over there?
February 16: “It’s not all about the northern lights”
Yep, the aurora borealis is beautiful and awe-inspiring. But what looks so grand viewed by the eye may not translate so well into a photograph. What additional context can you give to your northern lights pictures? A frame of trees, a foreground object, the human element?
March 15: “Tourist/tourist activities”
Coming hot off the heels of the Yukon Sourdough Rendezvous Festival, Yukon Quest and a bunch of loppets, document the most curious of tourist/tourist activities.
April 19: “Warm & Cold”
The weather is warming, but winter hasn’t completely left us. Seems like a great opportunity to photograph these opposing themes in the same frame. How about a pour of whiskey on ice? Catch the fog on the river? Or how about a sun flare coming around an icicle?
May 17: “Photo Essay”
The Big Kahuna. Simple in concept (a set of photographs that tells a story), but perhaps difficult in execution. This could be a simple documentation of a day in the Yukon, or perhaps something spanning weeks or months; perhaps a collection pertaining to a group, designed to get an emotional response from your audience.
This can be delivered as pure photography, or can include simple captions. If you feel moved to write more, please feel free.
More to come on this topic.