Each week of this project brings me a new opportunity for growth. This past week it was actually quite difficult to complete my daily shooting because I started to do more double exposure images. For those of you who are curious, double exposure is actually a technique taken from film cameras in which an exposure of file was not advanced and another shot taken over the original image. Some dslr cameras (like mine) let the user create multiple exposure images in-camera. Other photographers use software like Photoshop to blend two or more images together. I find the effect fascinating and hope to keep developing my ability to create interesting multiple exposures and refine the ideas I am already working with. I also have some friends who think there is a market for these for parents. Wouldn’t it be cool to take images of children and families and lay them over other images of city skylines, waterfalls, flowers, mountains or even interesting graphics? Hmmmm…..see how this project is pushing me?
The project continues and is working itself into my daily and weekly routine. And why shouldn’t photography become like any other artistic discipline? Many writers, painters and designers speak to the importance of working every day at their craft. Hmmm…I have never approached photography in this way, preferring to only take pictures when inspiration strikes. But if I continue to do that, I’ll never confront frustration and boredom, which are key components to finding brilliance! EUREKA!
We were on vacation from work and school last week and I had tons of opportunities to take photos. While my hubs and kids skied in the alps, I went on some long and very satisfying hiking adventures. Our three day trip ended with an afternoon at the thermal baths (ahhhh) and then a couple of days at home and the lake to regroup before our re-entry. I’ve completed two whole months of this project and although the weather is currently windy and raining for three days, I now feel pretty confident that I can complete the whole year. I am making a list of shots I can use if I feel stuck some days (like breaking out the macro lens since I usually have flowers and fruit in the house) so I always feel like I have material to work with and stay inspired by. Here’s to week 8!
I am currently googling “glamping in France” in the hopes of finding a treehouse or remote cabin in the woods to stay at this summer. A girl can dream, right? In the meantime, here are weeks five and six of my 2017 Project 365. Still having a great time taking an image a day and creating these collages. I post every day on Instagram – are you following me there? www.instagram.com/katecuenoud. See you there! xxoo Kate.
As I complete my first month of this year’s Project 365, I begin to notice things. When I look at my weekly collages, I notice that my images just seem to go together, yet each week seems to have its own identity that is different from the others. I will have to keep watching this to see what evolves over the year. I also notice something else that I would like to talk more about.
As photographers, we are often given two very specific, but very different pieces of advice:
1 – Find your niche and create a consistent look
2 – Be authentic!
To some photographers this might make sense and hats off to the lucky artist who can find a niche, create a consistent look all while staying true to herself and her artistic expression. For most of us, I am guessing that although this might be the goal, it is difficult to achieve. For myself, my authentic voice speaks through experimentation and variety. In my work you will see portraits, landscapes, macro work, freelensing, motion blur, underwater images and double exposures. I work in color and in black and white. As a matter of fact, the only consistent thing I do is take a lot of pictures (oh, and I post at the same time every day on Instagram!). Yet. yet, yet, yet….after a time I notice that no matter my subject, the voice is still mine. Look at my work and you see my restless heart. You see an adventurer who doesn’t take life too seriously and has great respect for the natural world and our place in it. You see a mother. An observer. You see me.