Juxtaposition

This exercise asks for either a still life approach of telling a story in one image, or photographing somebody with a possession, or the results of their work and hobby. Since I enjoyed this exercise and find it important to practice this subject I did both and a few of them.

First, I'd like to show an image of my father and his telescope. He loves astronomy, sharpens his own lenses and has built quite a lot of telescopes. In this image, he's showing a tripod that he designed specifically to find the northern star. I really like the look on his face, he's proud and enjoying talking about his hobby.

My dad, his telescope and tripod

My dad, his telescope and tripod

Then an other juxtaposition, this time of my son, who just loves computers. 

Julian and Computer

Julian and Computer

I'm reading a book by Tjechov "The story of the Unknown", This title could really be depicted in a lot of different ways. But inspired by Cig Harvey, I thought it would be nice to practice a bit on self-portraits. I made the environment as anonymous as possible, but still peculiar enough to raise interest. Just like the title of the book does. 

The Story of the Unknown

The Story of the Unknown

I'm discovering that I really like to be working in this conceptual way. It's very different from just going somewhere and making an image of whatever you come across. Of course, that also asks for the skills of composition and lighting, but with this conceptual still life, I get to take the image over and over again till it has exactly the kind of feel that I want. The same goes for the post process afterwards. It's great to work on an image, the colors and saturation, right till it feels the way I want it to.