There are a lot of photographers—and sadly even more fauxtographers—out there. Some have a very distinct style. When you see their pictures, you just know who took it. You think:
"That's a so-and-so..."
Beyond creating consistently incredible photographs, they also stamp their name on each image without a physical watermark. I admire photographers with this gift, this skill.
I've thought a lot (surprise, surprise) about this and if I have my own style. The thing is: I am interested in so many different things and tend to have the attention span of a gnat (SQUIRREL!!!). My photographs run the gamut as far as technique and content. However, something in each image of mine speaks to who I am and how I see the world around me. It just might be too subtle for others to always see.
Given that, I've tried to come up with photo project ideas that might weave my images together for others to see a thread connecting them. Remember my Project 365, er...162? One attempt.
Well, I've got a new idea!
Remember that childhood game of H.O.R.S.E.? Standing where your cousin or brother did to attempt to make a ridiculous 3-point shot. Being forced to try yet another lay-up of ridiculousness concocted by your opponent. I learned a valuable lesson from that game.
I'm a much better shot when I don't look.
Back to the basket, over the head Hail Mary (with a side of mixed sports metaphor).
What if I took photographs behind my back without looking? What if I took what has been a key strength of mine in photography (i.e., composure) and simply removed it?
To take it even further, what if I left even more up to chance? Enter the randomize option on Hipstamatic. I took this idea to the streets and am looking forward to continuing to see what happens behind my back. And sharing the results with you.
Here's the very first photo from my new Seeing the Unseen photo project:
It's not my favorite thus far, so I'll throw in one more for good measure.