Turning On Your Creative Bulb
Stuck in a photographic rut? Conchita Fernandes is here with unique photo project ideas that will help get your creative juices flowing.
The possibilities that cellphone photography presents are endless, but sometimes we all go through phases where we lack inspiration to make pictures. However, there are times when the simplest ideas are the ones that will allow you to make the most compelling photographs. Here are a few interesting photo projects you can take up when you are in need of inspiration.
Who said photography had to be a linear process? It is, after all, an art form, and you have every liberty to mix other art forms with what you have created. If you are fond of doodling, why not do the same with the photos you shoot? There are many doodling apps available for your cameraphones, which you can use to add drawings to your photos. For inspiration, take a look at Kerstin Hiestermann’s (@kerstin_spielkkind) Instagram feed. She photographs objects like leaves, fruits and vegetables and creates several delightful worlds, by inserting little characters which she draws.
Don’t just stop at making photographs, experiment with videos too. You can start with a simple 10 second stop motion video.
Documenting a Process
There is a certain beauty to the everyday mundane, if you look a little closer. The next time you are cooking a meal make photographs of each step. They may look rather plain on their own, but if you combine them in a collage, they become the visual representation of the love and effort you put into making the dish.
The same applies to any regular everyday activity you may partake in, like your daily commute to office. One photographer you must follow for inspiration is artist Dani Schafer (@danischafer_), who shoots images of her chaotic-looking painting process.
Conveying a Fashion Style
There’s no better device than a cellphone to share a quick outfit of the day post on social media. It’s one of the simplest ways to create a stylish and edgy-looking series that documents your fashion sensibility.
However, if you really want your images to stand out, then scout for good location spots with ample of natural light. This will make all the difference to what your final images will look like. For instance, fashion blogger and model Rhea Gupte’s (@thegirlfromfuss) pictures are shot in some of the most beautiful locations.
Every week, Instagram announces its Weekend Hashtag Project with a particular theme. This should give you ample ideas for fun projects.
A Day in the Life of an Action Figure
Remember all the toys that you collected when you were a kid? Maybe it’s time to pay them another visit. How about photographing a Batman action figure in different environments? You can even create an entire storyline with the images. For inspiration, visit Chris G’s (@thebeansoldier) Instagram account, and see how he has created comical interactions between his different toy figurines.
Narrowing Down Your Field
Find what you love the most and make it the central subject of your project. For instance, if you are obsessed with the colour orange, you can create a series documenting all the various orange coloured objects that you come across. You can do this by placing the object on a plain surface and photographing it from above. Cellphone photographer Irina Shishova (@shishova) has devoted her Instagram feed to photographing striking images of various plants and flowers.
Photographing the Quirks of City Life
Cities are filled with several unique elements waiting to be discovered and photographed. Take a look at street photographer Gopal M S’ (@mumbaipaused) images. They tend to focus on specific traits belonging to urban dwellers in Mumbai. Similarly, take frequent trips around your city and use your photographs to make your own definitions about the city you live in. You could focus on unique landmarks or even the people in your city.
Working on a Personal Visual Diary
It’s really ironic how despite always having our phone with us, we don’t really think about using it to document our everyday activities. Homemaker Veronica Taylor (@_momstheword) uses her cellphone to record her daily activities by making her two daughters her primary subjects.
We often get so caught up with work and other commitments, that we forget how much fun it is to make a memorable image. So go grab your phone and shoot away!
This article originally appeared in the September 2015 issue of Better Photography.