Lights are functional — everyday objects in our rooms and on our streets. Yet lights can be powerful symbols: signs of life, curiosity, and discovery. We’re interested in seeing what you come up with for illumination — particularly your creative interpretations and more abstract approaches.
— The Daily Post editorial team
I was really inspired by the latest photo challenge over at The Daily Post. Weekly Photo Challenge: Ilumination is all about lights. I’ve been practicing taking shots at night and enjoy photographing different types of lights and lamps, so this challenge excites me!
I really dig the look and effect of the tiled gallery, which I’ve used to compile my illumination shots below. I hope you like this collection!
Hagia Sophia, Istanbul
Ibiza Town, Ibiza
Plaza Mayor, Madrid
Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Grand Bazaar, Istanbul
Rocks and pyramids at Giza, Egypt
The Daily Post asks: Do you have a photo which invites the viewer to look beyond? Are there hidden depths in the background? Is the focal point just a framing for the rest of the picture?
Beyond. What a great theme for the Weekly Photo Challenge. It works well for this shot I took with my iPhone in Egypt. In the foreground, the focus is a pile of rocks, but off into the distance, you’ll see iconic landmarks: two of the pyramids at Giza.
I hope you like my interpretation of “beyond”!
It’s wonderful to see photographers on WordPress.com contributing guest photo challenges to The Daily Post. In this week’s photo challenge, Reflections, a photographer named Jared talks about using reflections in the composition of a photograph. He posted a fantastic image from the dock of a local park in which he used a mirror as a prop, creating an illusion within the frame.
I love how reflections in a photograph create a sense of duality and even surrealism. For my submission to this challenge, I’ve decided to share various photographs of reflections — in mirrors, on the surface of water, and through windows — and display them in a circle gallery. To me, the circle shape evokes a mirror, so this type of gallery seems appropriate.
Street Mirror, Brick Lane, London
The London Eye and reflections in the Thames River
Window reflections in the Embarcadero in San Francisco
Window, La Pedrera, Barcelona
Reflections in Water, Academy of Sciences, San Francisco
Reflection, Lisbon, Portugal
Reflection, Lisbon, Portugal
Reflection, London, England
Reflections on a lake in Scotland
The folks at The Daily Post presented the WordPress.com community with a colorful photo challenge: Green. It’s a multi-photo challenge, so I’ve decided to display my collection of green shots in a slideshow.
I’ve taken all of these photographs when I’ve been out and about and on the go — from my travels through Europe to the Middle East. I’m happy to share these shades of green with you!
Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?
These questions from today’s daily prompt have stirred me.
One of my favorite quotes comes from Gertrude Stein:
When you get there, there isn’t any there there.
When I was 19, I moved to the French Riviera. A screenwriting major, I chose to study in Cannes. I wanted to intern at the international film festival and rub elbows with important people in the industry. I wanted to become fluent in French.
Soon, I’d be bilingual. And meet a director. Or a producer. It was my chance.
And so, I went to France. I had French classes in morning, I served coffee to celebrities, I carried sound equipment across the beach for TV crews, and watched movie premieres.
But ultimately, nothing materialized from the experience, or nothing tangible I could show for. When the semester ended, I went home. A year later, I graduated with a film degree, but eventually shoved my scripts in a drawer. End scene.
What great timing! The Daily Post announced its latest photo challenge: Love. Just now, as I was walking down the street in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood of Berlin, I saw this stencil on the wall:
Thanks to The Daily Post folks for such a lovely theme!