Primitive Results

Interestingly (maybe ironically), each of the Primitive submissions are photographs, and great ones at that! This week we have Jeff and Patrick participating for the first time, as well as Art Takes veterans Tasja and Dan.

Do yourself a favor and click each photograph to view the detail!

Jeff says, “In my mind the shot is really just a vignette of a story, but rather than tell the story I’d prefer that the viewer come up with their own.”  Technical details for those of us who love them: Shot on Jeff’s Canon 5d, 85mm f/1.8 wide open at 1/160 with a .9 ND filter,  fill flash on camera positioned to bounce, key light directly behind subject pointing towards camera.  Looking forward to more great shots, Jeff!

Patrick shot this photo, titled “Door to the Past” in his hometown of Neligh, Nebraska.  He says he interpreted the theme to mean old-fashioned, simple and unsophisticated.  But he also says, “There’s something about old that moves me.” I can very much relate.

Natasja submitted a beautiful grouping of photographs that I’m interested in buying. She says she was at a brewery in Portland and noticed the “bad ass aquarium” and realized that the gorgous and very primitive coral would fit the theme perfectly.  Fantastic!

I shot my submission in San Francisco on 35mm film this past weekend. I’ve always had an aversion to pigeons and they definitely strike me as primitive, pea-brained animals.  “Pigeons are filthy creatures.  You look more like.. an angel!”

Dan submitted a photo from the east side of the Salton Sea called “Primitive Accomodations”.   He says, “Chances are it wasn’t primitive to the owner back then, but it’s surely primitive by our standards.”  He used his Nikon D50 and 12-24 wide angle lens in creating his shot.  Take note of the vine-patterned wall paper – classy!

Thanks so much for your really wonderful art this week. Yet again, I’m really impressed, encouraged and inspired.

Next week’s project is called “Portrait of the Artist”.  What’s your take?

Deadline: Saturday, January 16th by the end of the day (we all know that’s somewhat negotiable by now).

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One response to “Primitive Results

  1. I really like all of these posts, but am particularly in love with Tasja’s piece.

    Really well done everyone!

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