On Taking Assignments #11 - Close Up

Some shots you take that seem really interesting as you click the shutter just don't remain interesting over time.  I don't necessarily dislike this shot, but I look at it now and think, meh.

For this assignment I was hoping to find something transformative at close range that would render itself unidentifiable as the distance to subject became short.  However, as you can see, these bricks still look like bricks.  Why I thought this worked at the time is now a mystery to me.

I think this shot makes a case for how your taste for and perception of your photography can change over time.  It also suggests that you hold yourself to a higher standard as you progress in your subject matter and composition.

I wonder if over time my shots will become less interesting because I will feel like I have progressed past them, or if some will continue to excite me as they did when I shot them.  Time will tell.

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.