Photography Challenge: Unknowns


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

27 thoughts on “Photography Challenge: Unknowns

  1. What great photos! It seems to me, the Mystery Fruit is a ‘Dragon Fruit’. The book page is lovely with the ivy running along the top of the page. I love the map picture. What kind of lens did you use? I like the way it appears sort of egg-shaped and the compass added a nice touch. The soldering repair looks like it could be an undersea painting with ‘bubbles’ along the water’ line. Coral and and broken fish litter the sand below the surface. The last photo reminds me of all the stuff I don’t understand about a car’s engine, too! Well done! 🙂


    • Thanks! 🙂

      I wish they put a label on that fruit, however, it looks like we might have an answer thank to the comment below. 🙂

      I do mostly digital photography, so the “egg” effect was an effect I created. However, I had it in mind when I took the shot, so I had to be mindful of the angle and object placement.

      That welding shot reminded me a painting I saw in the Tate, so that’s what inspired me to take the shot. At the same time, I love your interpretation! 🙂


    • My poor husband had to endure my picture snapping at the grocery store, Lol! 😀

      There are no prizes in this challenge. It’s all about stretching that creative muscle, which is reward enough for me. 🙂


  2. I love the welding photograph! I looked at it for a minute trying to figure out what it was before I read your description … best I could come up with was it looked like a cross section of layers of ice. 🙂 What a great creative project!


    • Ooo, what a cool way to look at that picture. It does look like ice layers! 🙂

      This process has been so inspiring – I love how its challenging me to see the world form new perspectives.


  3. Absolutely gorgeous! I really love your interpretations of the prompts so far, you take them to some really cool places 🙂 The welding/ice shot is fascinating!

    Also, you definitely need to check out Amsterdam! I traveled there a couple years ago. The ‘Jordaan’ area was our homebase – right on the canal system. It is a bicyclist’s wet dream! haha 😀


  4. These are great and I can see why you had such a hard time choosing. I do believe that last picture is a carburator and I do know what it does but only because Doug has to explain anything mechanical in great detail and after 35 years of marriage . . .
    Your photography is great and your inventiveness is awesome.


  5. Awesome stuff, I went visiting some strange oriental seal (stamps?) shop and I was just thinking if I could head back to their shop to do a short interview about their trade. Thanks for the inspiration, I shall seriously consider joining the photo challenge too, gives me something to look forward to during the day 🙂


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