Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Creative Exercise – 20 Circles, 20 Photos

Today's Creative Exercise comes from the aforementioned Caffeine for the Creative Mind, by Stefan Muma and Wendy Lee Oldfield.

The challenge: Circular Heaven
This exercise focuses on finding twenty circles in your environment, photographing them, and composing them similarly in the frame.

The result:
I put them together in a nice little grid, adding another compositional element to the challenge.

What was learned: The exercise brought a few things to my attention...

1. There are a lot of frickin' circles around my house! Heehee... But in all seriousness, it did teach me a bit about perception and being aware of the endless supply of inspiration all around us. 2-dimensional and 3-dimensional objects, small and large, obvious circles and circle-like objects all made their way into the photographs.

2. Composition, composition, composition. A fundamental tool of any visual artist sometimes gets lost in the shuffle of color, content, technical proficiency and novelty. You can't argue with good composition! Not that all of these photos are masterfully composed, but the exercise brought the importance of composition back to the forefront of my creative thinking.

Try it and share it! I definitely recommend this exercise for both stimulating a change in perception and for a fundamental artistic exercise in composition. You could shake it up and do any shape you see fit, or focus on a specific colored object, etc... have fun and let me know how it goes!

A side note: Check out photo in row 4, column 2 for a sweet piece by Marcy over at Ordinary Enchantment. I think it's an appropriate piece for this exercise, and not just because it's a circle!


Maria-Thérèse ~ said...

ooooh, what a fun idea!!! I've done it with colour a couple of times but never with shapes! Gotta try it.

Doda said...

Now that is a neat idea. I'm going to show my daughter this and see if she will do similar. She is really into photography.

Ricky Shambles said...

Beautifully done! I'm certainly going to have to try it. After I get my date with Holden off to a kicking start ;)

Jennifer Hayes Hugon said...

Thanks all! It really was fun. I wish I could just play and learn like that every day!