creative time, part one

One of my goals for 2010: play more with the camera and create more personal images. To get there, I asked of my favorite teachers/mentors, Carol Chase-Bjerke, to guide us through a creativity class for myself and four other local professional photographers. Over the winter/spring months, we will be meeting four times and working on various assignments.

Today was the first class and it was awesome. As with any art, photography is an expression of one’s self and experience. The subjectivity of photography has always intrigued me. And the other thing that amazes me, is the variety that you can have in any group. Give five photographers the same assignment and the same camera – you’ll never get exactly the same thing.

While I won’t go into the assignment in detail, I’ll share a couple of images that resulted. In short, the assignment asked us to be “directors” of our images and to create a theme or illusion. With my interest in motion and form, plus self-portrait, I played around creating dreamy and watery images using multiple exposures and slow shutter speeds.