January 27, 2013 · 4:00 PM
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I'm currently reading Freeman Patterson's "Photography and the Art of Seeing". His book is filled with interesting photographic exercises to help see the world differently. This Meetup is based on "Chance". We'll meet at the location above, and photograph in a agreed upon small area to challenge ourselves to see things differently.
Depending on how things go that day, we may pick a spot shoot at a few different spots. At the end we'll have a coffee/tea/dessert at Save-on-Meats to talk and share photos.
Pick a spot and mark the spot. Take seven more steps from the spot you marked. The seven steps from your original stopping point form the radius of a circle, in which you should proceed to shoot at least 20 images. Don't set a limit of two or three pictures, because that will not be enough to start you seeing. You should feel desperation during this exercise. You will only start to make visual breakthroughs when you've exhausted the obvious picture possibilities. If you want to challenge yourself, make 30 or 40 or 50 images instead.
Additional Information & Background
One thing you'll notice, when you view your results, is a number of happy accidents. You'll probably find several if you have been generous in your shooting. it's false economy to be stingy with film or with space on your memory card when experimenting with new ideas, so don't limit yourself to just a few photographs; make at least ten pictures for each exercise. Give many happy accidents a chance to happen.
Photographers who want to see in new ways should be sensitive to chance. They should encourage and cultivate it, because it is only through chance that many new opportunities for visual development will ever occur.
When reviewing your photographs look for new approaches in the photographs: new ideas or unusual departure s, regardless of techincal merit. Please try and post a minimum of 5 photographs from each spot from today's meetup so that we can all appreciate each other's "point of view"
Let's be inspired by be new ideas and stimulate our creativity.