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Photography Challenge: Red!

If my blog has seemed a bit scant on writing lately, please know it’s because I am totally immersed in Novel #2. I hope my photographs and poetry are enough to make all my wonderful readers happy!

Even as I delve into the final two chapters (yes, I’m really that close to finishing revisions!), my muse still likes to dabble in The Photography Challenge I took on last summer.  In between pondering word choice and story flow, I comb through folders of photographs on my hard drive for inspiration. Therefore, completion of the Challenge  continues with this shot. I actually took it months ago, but I forgot about it until now! Enjoy!

Prompt: Photograph Something Out of Place

In one of our garden plots, a bright red poppy showed up one day. Surrounded by whites, purples, and yellows, this little flower stood out as one-of-a-kind.

Red Poppy

A little “pop” of red!
Photo by: c.b.w. 2012

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c.b.w. 2013

Photography Challenge: Create

It’s been a long time since I’ve dabbled in the Photography Challenge I took on last summer, but I haven’t given up on completing the list. One of the more intriguing prompts involved the search for a word that illustrates my day. It turns out I didn’t have to look very far. My writing space is full of words and objects that define my attitude and perception about any given day . . . even the “bad” days.

I settled on photographing a combination of objects that serve as my ultimate inspiration when I sit down to write. They are my constant reminders that no matter what, I am a writer and a creative spirit.

Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

Photo by: c.b.w. 2013

You see things and you say “Why? But I dream things that never were and I say “Why not?”

- George Bernard Shaw

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Stay inspired!

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c.b.w. 2013

I love it when two modes of creativity decide to merge! My muse has wandered between my Poeticals project and the Photography Challenge to create a strange mix of doodling, photography, and poetry.

Poeticals III – Words from the covers of mystery novels.

Dead shadows
phantom jewel
Stonecutter eyes
black, beautiful
Talking bones
sly delusion

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Photography Challenge Prompt: Doodle something and document it. 

The sky pines as pine trees stand tall.
What makes blue cry and green so strong?

Pine tree doodle. Scribbled and photographed by c.b.w.

Note: The words above this sketch were inspired by a writing prompt that required playing with homophones. Through chance, I ended up with “pine” which also lead to the doodle for this shot.

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c.b.w. 2012

Photography Challenge: At Work

This past summer I took on the challenge of completing a list of photography prompts put forth by one of my favorite bloggers, all the soft places, (see the challenge here and here). After completing about half of the list, my day job started up again and I ran out of time to complete every prompt. However, I haven’t forgotten about it! This week, I decided to jump back in because I am still very determined to finish what I started. I may not get around to it every week, but I won’t give up the project until every item can be scratched off the list.

I took my camera to work yesterday and here’s what happened:

Prompt: Capture something vibrant.

Thermal Map of the World
Photo by: c.b.w.

I took this shot by aiming at part of a poster in my classroom. Those bold colors represent the varying temperatures of the earth.

Prompt: Capture something that makes you smile.

Lava Lamp Bubbles
Photo by: c.b.w.

My lava lamp is an endless source of entertainment. During my first year of teaching, I found a lava lamp hiding in the supply closet and it had a place in both of my classrooms until it met an unfortunate end last year.  After a period of mourning, I bought a new one and it makes me smile every day.

Prompt: Transform something boring into something interesting.

Lesson Plan: England’s transition to a consitutional monarchy. Are you excited, yet?
Photo by: c.b.w.

I relied on my profession for this one! This is one of my more popular lesson plans because it lets students cut loose with markers and crayons. Historians may find England’s transition to a constitutional monarchy exciting, but fifteen-year-olds do not unless you make it fun.

Prompt: Find something that is always growing.

How’s this for a self-portrait?
Photo by: c.b.w.

My hair. I’ve been growing it out for over year and it’s getting really long. At this point it’s halfway down my back and I love it!

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As for the rest of the challenge, I have nine more shots to take!

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c.b.w. 2012

My camera and I went on several adventures for the Photography Challenge this week.  I keep the list of prompts in my pocket, but I don’t shoot my pictures in any particular order.  I like to let creativity roam freely until the finished product emerges.  As a result, my pictures started to link together on their own into a theme of “unknowns.”

Prompt: Explore a new route and document it.

I played with this prompt in a number of ways, hoping to avoid the obvious.  I decided even the most familiar of places, experiences, and objects can have an element of “newness” that goes unnoticed.

At the grocery store, I wandered from my usual path of apples and cucumbers to the exotic fruit section.  What are these things?

Photo by: c.b.w.

My bookshelves are full of books I see every day.  Some I’ve read more than once, while others are waiting for me to turn the pages.  An unread book is the ultimate “new route,” so I grabbed a book I’ve never read and went exploring.

Photo by: c.b.w.

Travel is the ultimate act of exploring, so I dug through my map collection until I came across a map for a place I’ve never been.  Amsterdam will likely be my next destination, however, until then it remains an unknown.

Photo by: c.b.w.

Prompt: Find a piece of artwork.

While exploring the garage, I found the welding marks and discoloration on a restoration project to be quite intriguing. It looks like something that could be at the Tate Modern with a plaque that says “Artist Unknown.”

Photo by: c.b.w.

Prompt: Document something you don’t understand.

I may have found art in the garage, but it remains a place of utter confusion for me.  Engines, tools, and mechanical things will forever be an enigma in my mind.

Photo by: c.b.w.

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To see all the details of the photography challenge, go here.

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c.b.w. 2012

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