Instagram is a world of amazing talented people since setting up my @Mummaandthebears Insta page I’ve been using Instagram differently and have benefited from it in ways I didn’t expect or imagine. I have been following more accounts that inspire me to do something or just bring the light each day. I’ve found workshops, courses, challenges and bloggers. I’d never really read blogs until I started this one and it has been an education. I didn’t realise people made a living from blogging until I started following a few accounts but this isn’t the reason for this post.
Laura Aziz taken by @amyrushbrookphoto (Instagram)
I started following @babypicturethis a photographer named Laura who captures the most beautiful images and I was hoping by following her I would learn something that would help me take impactful images of my own. Laura started a challenge called the Slow photography movement along with the hashtag #Artoveralgorithm in response to the quick upload culture that seems to have taken over. The challenge gives us 8 weeks to plan and shoot around a topic, there’s a very supportive Facebook group to share and discuss all things art, photography and creativity.
There is also an @theslowphotographymovement Instagram page too that provides inspiration and shares brilliant shots. I knew straight away wanted to do it as I thought it might help improve my photography skills and I may learn something from others doing the challenge. I just want to do more things that light my soul and make me feel more me and photography is one of those things, I just need to elevate my skills and gain relevant knowledge. I want to do more Arty things and it’s nice to have people who are into those things to talk to and get inspiration from.
Laura did a Facebook live to announce the topic and explain in more detail why she started the challenge and who she was. I liked the way she came across confident in her skills, articulate in her views but shy about public speaking in an endearing way. This is how it all works in Laura’s words:
HOW THE SLOW PHOTOGRAPHY MOVEMENT WILL WORK:OVER THE COURSE OF 8 WEEKS WE WILL SLOWLY PLAN, EXPLORE, GATHER INSPIRATION AND SHOOT AROUND A THEME OR TOPIC. THE AIM WILL BE TO HAVE AN IMAGE/ SET OF IMAGES YOU’RE SUPER PROUD OF AT THE END!THE THEMES CAN BE INTERPRETED IN MANY DIFFERENT WAYS AND EVERYONE WILL HOPEFULLY BE AIMING FOR DIFFERENT RESULTS> THERE IS NO RIGHT OR WRONG WAY- YOU DO YOU!THE TIMELINE – PLANNING // SHOOTING // CURATINGPLANNING – COMING UP WITH A FOCUS WITHIN THE THEME. USE THE FIRST TWO WEEKS TO EXPLORE IDEAS BY LOOKING FOR INSPIRATION IN OTHER ARTISTS, MAKING MIND MAPS FOR CLARITY AND TALKING WITH EACH OTHER. THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU WHAT TO CONVEY AND ACHIEVE WITH THE PROJECT.SHOOTING – TIME TO GET THE CAMERA OUT AND SHOOT!
SPEND 4 – 5 WEEKS WORKING ON SPECIFIC IDEAS THAT CAME FROM THE PLANNING STAGE AND TRY TO EXECUTE UNTIL YOU’RE HAPPY. ‘FAILING’ IS A PART OF THE PROCESS. SHARE WORK HERE FOR FEEDBACK AND CRITIQUE.CURATING – LAST WEEKS – TIME TO EDIT EDIT EDIT. THE AIM IS TO HAVE ONE OR A SMALL AMOUNT OF IMAGES YOU FEEL ARE COHERENT, ARE STRONG AND FEEL LIKE THEY REPRESENT WHAT YOU SET OUT TO.THE AIM IS ALWAYS TO ENJOY, GO AT YOUR OWN PACE AND SHARE ANYTHING AND EVERYTHING! OBVIOUSLY WE HAVE A HASHTAG AND AN IG ACCOUNT – #theslowphotographymovement PLEASE TAG TO BE FEATURED AND LET ME KNOW IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN HELPING OUT WITH THE HUB!I’M SO EXCITED TO HAVE YOU HERE FOR THE JOURNEY 📷<3
The chosen topic we are currently working on is Self this is a very difficult subject as it means I really have to think about who I am and how I want to represent that in a way that will be understood by complete strangers. I’ve done projects like this in the past for my own gratification but always ended up deleting the results because I hated how vulnerable I looked and being reminded of a time that may have been full of negative emotion.
When the topic was announce it filled me with both dread and excitement, my head was buzzing with all kinds of ideas all of which evolved into a series of pictures using mirrors to reflect my image back to the camera. I decided that each image is to have a different feel and represent a different part of me, Motherhood, Partnership, My body and Just Me.
Here are the images I have done so far I wanted a gritty voyeuristic vibe to the motherhood and bare body shots and a cleaner washed out look to the one that was just me. This year part of my mission is to push myself out of my comfort zone and do more creative ventures and this project definitely encompasses that. I’m still yet to shoot the relationship one as it’s hard to pin my partner down but I’m happy with the results I have got and hope to improve with each topic. The feedback that I have gotten from the group is encouraging and honest which is great as this will hopefully help me become a better photographer.