I sometimes find myself cringing with the monthly expeditions. Not that I have trouble with the instructions, rather, I have been finding it difficult to get out and shoot!
Our Expedition for May had the following guidelines:
Attend a local gathering, celebration, or festival in your neck of the woods.
The goal is to tell the story of the event with three photographs.
Totem – Photograph an object of significance for the event.
Portrait – A creative goal of this project is to break down the barrier between photographer and subject. We hope by making a portrait of someone, you are getting involved in the event and not standing on the sidelines.
Moment – choose one moment that truly illustrates the spirit of the event.
So, here it is, the 30th of May and I finally found the time and there was an event as well! So I headed out the door. I’ve taken photos at this event in the past and this time it was challenging. I’ll say this-using a 35mm lens really makes one “get in there” for the shot! I also took along my Mamiya RB67, but only had black and white film…bummer.
At any rate, the event was the annual Via Colori. Here is a description from the website hosting the event for an explanation:
“Via Colori® is the modern day version of a centuries-old tradition in which dozens of artists create large scale pastel artworks directly on the pavement of our city’s streets. Each square is sponsored by a business, organization or other entity, and proceeds benefit the Grace Oughton Cancer Foundation”
So, my “Totem” image is of a group of Brownies working together on a very large piece. To me this shows that togetherness is strength in overcoming obstacles in life.
My “Portrait” image is of one artist that I was able to engage in conversation. She didn’t really want to pose for the shot and I could not get close enough in front of her, so I told her I wanted her working on the art while I took her photo. Really, I did enage this one…lol. It’s really not easy with the way the streets and the artist’s areas are set up. So, at least I was able to have a conversation.
My “Moment” image is very edited, I could not find any of my photos to use and then I saw it, but I needed to crop…a lot, or simply find a way to the word “hope”, that is what this is all about.
These first three images were my submissions:
A few additional images from the event.