This was an assignment where I really struggled to keep from shooting an obvious subject. Windows and doors are everywhere, and are actually one of my favorite things to shoot. For that reason I wouldn't allow myself to take the easy way out and shoot a shot that I didn't have to think about.
Because of my preference to shoot something less ordinary, and coming off the heels of the previous assignment where I felt my submission was largely ineffective, I held out to the very last day before the next assignment was revealed to find my subject.
I had racked my brain searching throughout the week for something and finally came upon it when my daughter started to play with these cars. Each block had either windows or doors painted on it, and my daughter and I were building when it dawned on me what we were building. I hurried to grab my camera and bagged my assignment at the last minute.
I like the way this turned out and the bonus was that I was able to work on it with my kiddo's help.
On Taking Assignments
I frequently listen to the On Taking Pictures (OTP) podcast, which I highly recommend to anyone looking for good conversation about creativity, especially as it related to photography. In January 2014 the hosts, Bill Wadman and Jeffery Saddoris, began a new segment of weekly assignments that they gave to listeners. Results of the assignments are posted on the OTP Google Plus group. I decided that I would commit myself to the assignments for a year without interruption, and that I would complete each one before the next assignment was announced on the show each Tuesday morning. My 'On Taking Assignments' blog posts are the culmination of my year-long focus on these assignments.