As the text above explains, I had a really difficult time coming up with any ideas for the collage assignment. After fretting all week, I decided the only thing left to do was make an actual collage.
I had a pile of prints that for one reason or another ended up on a shelf. Some were prints that just haven't held up over time. Some were just lower quality prints from my effort to understand the process of translating my digital files to print.
I took the pile and started extracting objects from some and landscapes from the rest. My kiddo and I took all of the pieces and just started to create a scene. Many of the shots were from around Oregon City, so in the end the collage ended up being a caricature of the area.
I was really surprised at the end how well it came off. I don't think it would win any awards, but it turned out well enough to hang in our living room. It will always be a fond memory of time spent with my family, creating something unique. This turned out to be a great assignment.
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.