Are you tired of counting to three with your finger on the shutter, only to receive meek grins and stiff shoulders?
Well we’ve found just the thing to get your portraiture out of the dark ages: The Chalkboard Speech Bubble. It’s a security blanket for the photo fearing and inspiration for the photo fearless — a true savior indeed.
A chasm between. An awkward lean. Arms draped around shoulders… loosely.
While most photographers sweat to make their subjects appear casual, their camera invisible, Richard Renaldi went another way.
He approaches strangers of all walks of life, and he asks them to touch each other.
Viewing the photos without knowing his setup, one can’t quite guess why they’re wrong or what’s going on, but there’s an inescapable mystery to them. In a country where physical touch is taboo, his project is daring.
And you thought taking ordinary portraits of strangers was hard!
p.s. Seen something we should write up? Tell us!
Atlanta photog Jason Travis approached attractive young people and asked them to hand over their bags and man-purses. Instead of slapping him, they complied.
Jason put a new spin on the purse-flotsam photo with two secret ingredients:
#1: A meticulous grid layout that lends the project an air of sculpture.
Inspired to photograph your own carry-alongs? There’s no better place to begin than the “What’s In Your Bag” pool on Flickr.
p.s. Have you seen these fun videos we made for our friends at Sony? Learn how to turn a panorama into a lampshade, paint with light, play party games with your camera, take better photos in the dark, and make simple frames from cardboard boxes!
Published on April 12, 2010 — See more Photo Projects
The trouble with photographers like Simon Hoegsberg is that it’s difficult to choose only one of his projects to tell you about.
To create We’re All Gonna Die – 100 meters of existence, he stood on a railroad bridge in Berlin for 20 days, photographing strangers.
The result: a print 30 inches high, and 100 METERS wide. Gasp.
He captured 178 people in all, each experiencing a beautifully simple moment of their lives, completely unaware.
Thanks, Simon, for reminding us that sometimes you don’t need to go far for inspiration, you just need to wait.
p.s. Calling all SF Bay Area Photojojo fans! We need your smiling faces for a wacky photo session at Photojojo HQ this Thursday. Find out more!
What does the Battle of Gettysburg have in common with Yu-Gi-Oh, Washington Crossing the Delaware, and Star Wars?
They’ve all challenged you to make a cameo appearance.
Photo-reenactments are pure-distilled fun: start by picking your favorite movie/show/poster/painting, then gather friends, props, and costumes to recreate it. Instant inspiration!
Banishing photographer’s block for good while slipping goofily into the annals of history? Hand us our tri-corner hat.
Yesterday … all our troubles seemed so far away. And by “yesterday” we mean “in 1991.”
Jog memories of childhood bliss with the game “Young-Me-Now-Me.”
To play, just find an old picture of yourself, and then snap a modern-day recreation.
The challenge, of course, is matching yesteryear’s settings, costumes, and props: good luck finding that laser backdrop, plaid vest, and lawnmower-sized cellphone.
And who’d have guessed that fanny packs and jorts still look as cool as ever?
Published on February 25, 2010 — See more Photo Projects
Admit it: You desperately want to post photos of yourself, but you’re afraid to look vain.
Fear not, friend.
Four years ago, Noah showed the world that self-portraits can be profound.
Today, Tumblr users rock the self-portrait with Gratuitous Picture of Yourself Wednesday (GPOYW).
It’s simple. Stand and flail your arms by yourself — you’re loco. Do it with 1000 others in a crowded stadium — it’s the wave. GPOYW is an internet-wide wave for self-portraits.
It’s okay to post a picture of yourself. On Wednesdays.
p.s. Help? Amit’s speaking at PMA on Saturday, and he’d love your help with this 60-Second photography survey. Satisfaction guaranteed!
Photo Credit: Nicole_Writes
Published on February 16, 2010 — See more Photo Projects
Some people want to travel the world before they die.
Some want to be rich and famous.
And others just want to knit themselves a bodystocking out of albino poodle fur.
What do you want to do before you shuffle off this mortal coil?
Wait, wait, don’t answer yet.
Get a pal to snap a Polaroid as you tell them your dream. Then write your answer on the photo and send it off to the kids who thought up this crazy project.
New pictures go up each month from people all the planet, people just like you who appreciate travel, riches, and the comfort of discarded poodle hair.
p.s. They’re only accepting Polaroids, so what if you’re outta film? Start your own project! with Instax or digital prints. ‘Cause nobody puts you in the corner, pally.
p.p.s. Still plenty of time for Photojojo Goodies for Christmas! Order by Mon, Dec 14 by First class (or FREE SHIPPING) and Wed, Dec 16 by Priority Mail (other methods available for later).
Published on December 10, 2009 — See more Photo Projects
You already roped them into wearing the “Be Fri” bracelet that matches your “st ends.” Now it’s time to convince your bestie to do a collaborative photoblog!
Here’s the big idea: You and a buddy each post a photo a day side-by-side. It’s a simple concept but the results are often brilliant.
Two of our all-time favorite collaborative photoblogs: Minty Forest, the work of good friends Nina and Josh, and Don’t Wiggle, featuring BFFs Ranjit and Spatialk’s daily photos inspired by Webster’s word of the day.
Grab a pal, grab a camera, and get snapping.
via reader Matt Nuzzaco
Published on October 1, 2009 — See more Photo Projects
One frame to frame them all!
Quick! Reach between the couch cusions, empty out the change jar, run down to the thrift store, and splurge on one fabulous frame to fancy up all your photos.
We were inspired to hit the streets, frame in hand, by the work of Geo Geller, who shoots with a frame in each of his shots.
So get into the right frame of mind and read our tips!
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