A few weeks ago, we as a family decided to share pictures that showcased our photography skills (which spans the entire spectrum from novice to expert). But more importantly, it was a great way to also show our own interpretation of ideas and themes.
Following the lead of one of the experts in the family (read her blog at Pen and Shutter), each of us embarked on our interpretation and presentation of select photographs from our immense archives. So here is my running commentary of the 10 days we all chose to have some fun.
Day 1: Home – Each of us have our interpretation of home. For me, having lived in the United States for a very looooong time, the classic barn is an iconic representation of ‘HOME’.
Day 2: Street – For anyone who has visited London, the Tower Bridge is on the list of must visit spots. Most people call it the London Bridge, but the residents will quickly correct you that it is NOT. Nevertheless is is quite an iconic landmark for London.
Day 3: Water – One of my favorites. Water is magical and it makes pictures stand out dramatically. On a recent hike to Snow lake in Washington, in the peak of summer, we got to experience really unusual cold weather with fog rolling on and off. While not as dramatic as reflection on a still lake, the combination of fog with the not so great reflection was still a picture to capture.
Day 4: Bliss – Thank you Steve Jobs – say the kids. With the explosion in gadgets, it is getting extremely difficult in coaxing a set of young kids to dreamily look at the water and the sun and mountains and experience the ‘BLISS. For them, a set of gadgets and minecraft was BLISS
Day 5: Connect – Another one of my favorites. This one had quite a variety of postings from the family. For me, the few precious moments of a mom and daughter bonding was the perfect photograph for ‘Connect’
Day 6: Solitude – Ah! how much we all need this even if just for a few precious seconds. This picture can be interpreted as bliss or solitude. After a long hike on the foothills of snow covered Mt. Rainier, a bit of solitude was all he needed.
Day 7: Big – The idea here was to contrast something big with something very small. As we all know the sky looks boundless and this photograph hopefully captures that sense of BIG appropriately.
Day 8: Pop of Color – Imagine a mostly monochrome picture with just a bit of color on the main subject. It certainly makes the subject stand out dramatically. The canons below are from a bygone era, but still stand out as a reminder of our violent past (now replaced with drones)
Day 9 – Treasure: Let the photograph speak for itself
Day 10 – Monochrome: The iconic Seattle Space Needle. While the structure looks plain simple during the day, a fully lit Space Needle looked quite dramatic against the dark night background
And so we ended the 10 days of sharing some of the best images we had.