While at Alt Summit, I signed up for the “Photo Walk” with Tracey Clark around Salt Lake City. No idea what to expect although the blurb mentioned something about composition, so I thought I could definitely benefit since I seem to suffer from “too much close up and not enough context” disease lately. Tracey is best known as one of the founders of Shutter Sisters, an online community of women’s photographers, and for thier book Expressive Photography (a candidate for the photography book club? what do you think?)
We started out with of a bit of a chat – and I say chat intentionally. This wasn’t a formal photography lesson, but rather a conversation with Tracey about some of her core principles, and then it was a very much get out there and practice kind of thing…and to get out there and practice, that meant facing the cold and rain.
I’m going to do this post in two parts – one this week and one next – for this week, I wanted to focus on the excercise Tracey had us do, which was to draw a word from a hat, and then incorporate it into our photography that day. Mine was “sparkle”. “Sparkle”. Um…if I had had that word the day prior where you couldn’t walk two steps without a stream of sequins and glitter during the conference, that would have been a cake walk. But outside in the rain, on a crazy gray day in Utah, it wasn’t exactly sparkle central. But it forced me to get creative and out of my comfort zone. Because of the gray around us, I ended up doing a lot in black and white. Since traditional sparkle wasn’t about, I looked for reflections since that kind of sparkles (right??), and things that echo sparkly things – for example, something that echoes the shape of fireworks or something to that effect.
I’m not Tracey, but here are my results – check in next week for the color set of photos and the principles! Also, Leslie from Lights and Letters, who joined us also has a great recap – anyone else that I missed?