Day 85 on Kim Klassen’s Beyond Layers Kim asked us as photographers if we are “makers” or “takers”. FYI makers set up a scene, with flowers, props, etc and a taker just takes the picture.
As usual, there is no grey area in my practice, I am most definitely a “taker” (per Kim a taker does not feel outside the scene when she/he is behind the camera…). I do take some “maker” photos, usually for an assignment in Beyond Layers. Just a sample would be these photos of my great niece Amber Y. She had a small fire going outside and came into the house looking for marshmallows. Not finding them, she substituted mushrooms and a hot dog! Inventive child! And the mushrooms, surprisingly, were pretty tasty.
I took all three pics, then applied Kim’s textures Ugg Love B&W, Grungy Green and Abstract. Grungy Green and abstract are becoming my go to textures. In these takes, it supplies the hint of green that is missing in this drought struck field.
My tulip photo below is a maker image. I arrange the tulip (I later used a white background) and then took the photo.I enjoy both types of photos, but definitely relate more to “takers” than “makers”.