On Taking Assignments #46 - Horizon


Horizon was a challenge for me because there wasn't really an opportunity for shooting an interesting horizon.  The week was mostly gray with high clouds and I really had no time to get away from the house.

I settled myself in on the last day of the assignment to try and create something at home.  After playing with some objects that loosely met the mark, I came up with the idea that if I couldn't shoot a decent horizon outside, I would shoot one inside.

Unfortunately this shot called for the untrimmed back of my neck to take center stage.  While this wasn't a comfortable photo to look at from a self-esteem standpoint, I thought it was clever enough and original enough to be happy with my shot.

I tried to leave enough of both my office and the scene of downtown Portland as to call attention to them both, while focusing on the scene on my monitor.  Overall I like the finished product.

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.