Also, a challenge resurrection.
In yesterday’s post, I committed the content-creator cardinal sin of combining two ideas into one piece of content. If a client sees this, I’m done 😉
On the one side, I was explaining – at length (yup, here is a firm believer in longform) – my process for formalizing my appreciation for photographs.
On the other, the conclusion meekly appealed to readers to share what they appreciate in a photograph, what creates value for them.
The mixing was not wholly unintentional, since follow-ups are possible in the land of blog posts.
And, because a criminal always always returns to the scene of a crime, here I sin again.
This post also hosts two correlated ideas, and shares two purposes.
Mostly, though, the second idea was only hinted at because I’m not entirely sure any replies would follow even a lengthy post. It’s hard. Expliciting why we like photographs, what makes them precious to us, is really difficult.
We’ve developed an intuitive response to almost everything our eyes lay sight upon. It speeds up the process and keeps us alive. Or kept us alive when our survival depended on visual and interpretive skills. Today, the opposite might be true. With the rise of AI, my hunch is that survival now rests on slow, deliberate thinking.
And, anyway, to make progress, we need to be able to formalize our goals. Otherwise, no feedback can come our way.
So, here it is, the question : what is it that you enjoy in a photograph? Hope it’s not colours, or this post might seem drab 😉 Seriously, though. What makes a photograph remarkable to you? What stops you and grabs your attention immediately? Is it the subject matter? The PP? The mystery? The textures? The composition? The abstractness? The memories associated with it …?
And here’s part 2 of my second sin. Just in case part 1, immediately above, yields very little response 😉
On this page are 5 pictures of mine that I like and were made over the past few days or weeks. Why do I like them? Dunno. Don’t ask. Haven’t done my own homework yet 😉 But here’s a suggestion to resurrect old challenges. You could send me (at a given date and a given file size) 1 to 5 of your photos of the month that you enjoy. And if you want, you can explain what you like about it/them. That part’s optional.
I was never able to follow up properly on monthly challenges, as photographs arrived with different titles, dates, sizes … My organizational skills couldn’t handle it and I apologize to all who sent photos that went unpublished.
So the idea is simple. On the 25th of every month, I’ll send you an email like the one announcing posts to remind you of the challenge. You can hit reply and attach your photos to the reply, possibly including your text. After 2 or 3 days, I will publish what has arrived.
How does that sound to you?
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