For this assignment, we were told after the fact that no plants were allowed. However, since I’m not yet submitting anything to the Digital Photography School for consideration, I’m ignoring that. Not that they’re the only pictures I took.
What’s been fascinating for me in these colour exercises is how they force me to look differently at the world around me. I realize how much beauty there is that I take for granted.
Here are my attempts at Assignment Green:
Ok, I’ve broken the rules right off the bat. Might as well get it out of the way since there will be more. But you have to admit these little cacti are adorable. I took this last March at the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona. So this is actually breaking the rules twice since my assignment photos were supposed to be shot this past week. But they’re just so silly!
More nostalgia. My son made this in kindergarten. Note the “M” on the angel’s chest. I bring it out every year when we decorate our Christmas tree and usually shed a tear or two, remembering my sweet babies. And laugh at the idea that my son depicted himself as an angel. My kids are all adults now and although they tease me for dragging these childhood ornaments out year after year, they always check to see that they’re on the tree. (I confess I took this the first week of January just before we took the tree down.)
No cheating here. This is the barn where I board my horse, Gem. I decided that even though the green in the photo is hay, it’s been cut and baled. Not the same as a living plant.
Another childhood treasure. I’m generally not a knick knack person but my bookshelves in my home office are rather busy with bits and pieces like this. My own homegrown folk art! The little green dots jumped out at me when I went looking for green. This makes me smile every time I see it.
This is a corner of a watercolour painted my father-in-law. I never met him. He was gone before I met Sweetie. He was an artist whose watercolours adorn several walls in our home so it’s a way for him to remain part of our lives. Although a depiction of a plant, not technically a plant…
Yes, I know it’s really a plant. It’s one of a handful I’ve managed not to kill. It’s been alive for two years now. It was given to Sweetie as a gift when he was in the hospital recovering from bypass surgery. Both the plant and Sweetie are still going strong. (Just noticed how the colours in this are similar to the watercolour above. I think this is my second favourite.)
Last one. And yes, it’s a cheat. It’s a billboard in Las Vegas, taken with my phone last July through the window of a taxi. The marks are from the windshield. There’s something both weird and retro about it, as if it were a ’60s postcard.
So this assignment’s offerings seem to be heavy on nostalgia with a bit of whimsy thrown in. Amazing where green can take you. Next week’s assignment is monochrome. But no black and white. They don’t make it easy. I’m heading out on the road again to do more training and plan to take my camera. Wish me luck.