Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Challenge: Conceptual portrait, part of 5-Day Photo Challenge: Portraiture.
- Welcome to the fifth and final challenge in this course where we look at how we can go out on location and work with natural and available light and photograph people. This challenge is going to be perhaps one of the most difficult and most interesting challenges and here's what it is. What I want you to do is to come up with some sort of a concept or an idea and try to create a photograph which illustrates the concept or idea. Let me show you a few of my own photographs where I've tried to do this in the past. Here's one photograph, this image is of Kelly Slater with a surfboard and this image is really about balance.
Here's another one, which is about "time". Another photograph, which is about the blank canvas, and yet, one more, which is all about the idea that creativity is a fight and an adventure. So sometimes, you may want to try to find this concept or idea in other situations, maybe you want to base your photograph on a quote. Here's a photograph that's based on this quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson: "Let us be silent, that we may listen to the Gods." Or another one, which is by Herman Melville.
He once said: "A whale ship was my Harvard." In other words, education doesn't only happen in school, and this is a picture of my daughter at a vintage school desk out in a field. Or one of my other favorite quotes by Martin Buber: "All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware." And here, this image is all about travel and the surprise which happens when we go on these journeys. And so, what you need to do first for this particular challenge is really think about a concept or an idea.
You want to spend some minutes with a journal or a blank sheet of paper and just write down a few different ideas. I also want you to think about some quotes which are meaningful to you. Now, in the first phase of this challenge, don't be worried if you come up with a cliche. Cliches can be great because what you're going to do is come up with a visual representation of that idea and sometimes, it's having the strong idea and then coming up with a concept which is sort of a subtle interpretation of that strong or maybe even a cliche idea. So again, your challenge is to come up with a concept, an idea, or a quote and then to try to create an image based on that.
Good luck with this challenge as you capture those images, be sure to post those photos online. Use that hashtag, that one is #5dayphoto, it's so much fun to see all those images and all those photographs you're creating and also, be sure to come back to the next movie, where I'll show you how I'll approach this particular challenge myself.
Remember to share your results on Tumblr, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram using the hashtag #5DayPhoto.