Part two of a series.
I can’t believe I’ve been in the Photography project for four years already – and if I’d know how much fun it is, I would have joined earlier! This year I entered four exhibits, as I usually do. This post focuses only on the black and white entries, my favorite type of photography.
Subject of photo: Shakespeare book and fairy necklace
I think this is a pretty picture all on its own, with the shiny metal and the just-slightly-blurry text, but it’s even more cool when you realize what the text is. It’s a passage from A Midsummer Night’s Dream about the fairy Puck. Hence the necklace. I’m surprised it turned out as well as it did because my camera doesn’t usually handle extreme close-ups well.
Subject of photo: Cathedral in New York City
I can’t remember which one this is; does anyone know? I’m too lazy to look it up and all I know is that it is not St. John the Divine. Anyway, I love the contrast here. On the left there’s a building based on the very old Gothic style of architecture, looking like it was transported straight from the fourteenth century. On the right, there’s a modern, no-frills office building.
Subject of photo: Apartment in New York City
I really like the unusual perspective of the fire escape. Look up and you can get all kinds of neat photos.
Subject of photo: Statue in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City
This looks like a statue of Artemis, doesn’t it? I think it is but I’m not sure. I’m quite proud of myself for figuring out how to photograph statues. I don’t think one should take the photo looking dead at the subject. It’s just not interesting. It looks like a snapshot. But if you move around a bit and find a different angle, like from one side or from below, it gives the picture more life.
Subject of photo: Street performer in Toronto
This is my favorite photograph of the year. I love everything about it – the mood, the light and dark, the way his arm is slightly blurred from playing. This was also my salon print for 4-H, which means that I had it matted and displayed it on its own in addition to putting it on a poster.
Subject of photo: A boat on my grandparents’ lake
This scene is so melancholy – a boat with no one rowing it, a deck chair with no one sitting, a lake where no one is swimming and playing and splashing. It’s so different from what the place usually looks like on the day I took the photo – the Fourth of July – but by that time, everyone had packed up and gone home.
Subject of photo: A local barn
Weathered objects in black and white look fabulous.
Subject of photo: Oranges in a basket
Just a simple, classic still-life, but it looks great, especially with the details like the fruits’ texture and slight shininess.
Subject of photo: A church in New York City
I think this picture is very peaceful, with the pretty silhouette of a church and the delicate leaves above it.
Subject of photo: 4-Hers in Washington, D.C.
I took this picture just a few weeks ago when I went on a 4-H trip. I was frustrated because there were too many people in my photos, then I realized that I could use them to my advantage. Without the kids, it’s not a very interesting picture. With them, it’s a very nice picture of friends hanging out.
I received an A Honor on my poster of ten photos and an A on my salon print. Which pictures are your favorite, and why?