The Mystic Look of Mundane Life
Challenge series hosted by Saswata. Challenges start on Sundays.
The very banal and boring life might look interesting if it is viewed from a different angle. The every bit of a passing day could be spiced up if seen through a different frame. Well, is not that the aim of doing photography ?
Finished (78 challenges)
Winners announced: 15th September, 2013 GMT
Winner: Sheep Jam
Get it clicked when you are stranded in a traffic jam.
Winners announced: 8th September, 2013 GMT
Winner: Like a firework
Not only just food grains ( wheat, corn, rye, oats, rice, millet) can be small particles of sand, gold, pepper, or gunpowder. Even pollen grains are absolutely yes.
Winners announced: 1st September, 2013 GMT
Bees, Butterflies, Dragonflies, Flies, Grasshoppers, Ladybugs, Mosquitoes, Moths, Mantises, Spiders, Wasps...
Winners announced: 25th August, 2013 GMT
Winner: Can't help staring at you
Not just a beautiful woman... it can be anything beautiful asking for attention...
Winners announced: 18th August, 2013 GMT
Winner: Stop it !
Frame those disturbing look people give ... not just a man... can be any animal... even a musk...
Winners announced: 11th August, 2013 GMT
A landscape with a dusty patch of land, preferably road.
Winners announced: 4th August, 2013 GMT
Photograph of rain but a living-being (NOT trees or leaves) is must in the frame.
Winners announced: 28th July, 2013 GMT
Winner: Sky scraper
Not just the construction of buildings... any construction ...
70. Softie !
Winners announced: 21st July, 2013 GMT
Winner: DSC_3203 1.43.41 PM
Anything that feels soft (a sentimental girl, a teddy bear, chocolate ice cream... keep on thinking)
69. Group Chat
Winners announced: 14th July, 2013 GMT
Winner: People of Zagreb
A group absorbed in chat... not only human :)
68. Trophy !
Winners announced: 7th July, 2013 GMT
Winner: Kingfisher showing off by catching two trophy's for lunch.
We are not confining ourself in sports or any other distinguished achievement in life... a 'trophy' can mean a fish caught by a pelican !
67. Old is Gold
Winners announced: 30th June, 2013 GMT
[Sorry for long silence from our side, anyway , we are back] 'Old' could be about age, time, any thing which has passed the test of time...
66. Bubbly !
Winners announced: 26th May, 2013 GMT
Winner: Exploding Bubbles
As per the thefreedictionary.com : 1. Full of or producing bubbles: a bubbly drink; a bubbly soap. 2. Resembling bubbles: big, bubbly clouds. 3. Full of high spirits; effervescent: bright, bubbly children. You can photograph just anyone of these
65. Scorching !
Winners announced: 19th May, 2013 GMT
Winner: Gas Flame Cloud
Could be a hot summer day... could be something else
Winners announced: 12th May, 2013 GMT
Winner: Sleeping in the rain...
Somebody caught taking a day-time nap. [not necessarily homo-sapiens]
Winners announced: 5th May, 2013 GMT
Winner: American Cemetery
Photographs of cemetery ... evoking eerie feeling...
Winners announced: 28th April, 2013 GMT
Winner: Through the Eyes of a Holy Man
This is a portrait challenge, but the photograph MUST be taken with a cell-phone/mobile camera. * Not necessarily a self-portrait * The name of the mobile/cell phone model MUST be mentioned (like 'Nokia E5'), failing so will attract disqualification.
Winners announced: 21st April, 2013 GMT
Winner: I Saw A Nightmare....
Rebuild your 'dream' in your frame. (Hugely manipulated / photoshopped photographs are ENCOURAGED)
60. Lemme Think
Winners announced: 14th April, 2013 GMT
We are looking for somebody deep in thought. (NOT necessarily a human being)
Winners announced: 7th April, 2013 GMT
Winner: Happy Life
What you think is your REAL freedom ?
Winners announced: 31st March, 2013 GMT
Winner: no winner
Windy Rainy Stormy ... catch with your camera ! (ensure it is weather-shield, or you can take an umbrella)
57. On Job
Winners announced: 24th March, 2013 GMT
Winner: At work
The best photographs are those which describe the profession of the person(s) being photographed.
Winners announced: 10th March, 2013 GMT
'Steamy'. In whatever perspective you can think of :)
Winners announced: 3rd March, 2013 GMT
Winner: Safe with mom
A turtle's protective cover, A soldier protecting his country, a mom protecting her baby... open to all interpretations
Winners announced: 24th February, 2013 GMT
Winner: Nutrition in display
What do you see when you see 'Shopping' ?
Winners announced: 17th February, 2013 GMT
Winner: no winner
'A uniform is a type of clothing worn by members of an organization while participating in that organization's activity.' We are sticking to this definition only. The uniform itself or people wearing uniform.
Winners announced: 10th February, 2013 GMT
Not just the optical point of view... think 'reflection' even in any other context
Winners announced: 27th January, 2013 GMT
Winner: Time explosion
Any method to capture time in a photograph ? Let's take it as a challenge.
50. Slippers & Shoes
Winners announced: 20th January, 2013 GMT
Winner: The shoe and the mold
A very precious leather boot or a cheap slipper... take a snap and put them in the challenge. [only shoe, only slipper, slipper and shoe... all allowed]
Winners announced: 13th January, 2013 GMT
Winner: Mid Night Prayer
Irrespective of religion, belief or ritual... 'Prayer' is an integral part of our life (most of us)... Let's capture a mood of prayer. Inclusion of human being / deity is absolutely NOT essential.
Winners announced: 6th January, 2013 GMT
'Release' that's it !
Winners announced: 30th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: Eye Contact
'Together' ... what comes to your mind ?
Winners announced: 16th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: lovers meet
A boy meets girl, a river meets the ocean... think of any 'meeting' and photograph it.
Winners announced: 9th December, 2012 GMT
Winner: no winner
What do you see when you think 'sparkle' ? Let your creative juices flow and frame a sparkle.
Winners announced: 2nd December, 2012 GMT
Winner: Connect the drops
any connection you can think of and can represent through a photograph
Winners announced: 25th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Climbing Prohibition
Thorns on a stem of rose, a cactus or a thorny-devil ? What does come to your mind when you think 'Thorny' ? (open for any other explanation)
42. Let's Cook
Winners announced: 18th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: At the Night Market
Cooking utensils,ingredients, finished dish... all are allowed. But the process of cooking is preferred.
41. Toes & Fingers
Winners announced: 11th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: New Foot
Not necessarily of only human being...
40. The Day Begins
Winners announced: 4th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: Early Morning Joy
How the day starts in your life... Clichéd sun-rise shot is strongly discouraged (won't be disqualified though)
39. Bag and Baggage
Winners announced: 28th October, 2012 GMT
Winner: All Aboard
The challenge accepts photographs of trunks, bags, parcels, suitcases and like. But, the photograph which brings out the sense of the true meaning of 'Bag and Baggage' is preferred.
Winners announced: 21st October, 2012 GMT
Winner: Survival of the fittest!
Photographs showcasing 'strength'... of any type Open for interpretations...
37. Hide and Seek
Winners announced: 14th October, 2012 GMT
Winner: No You Can't, But I Can See You!
By 'Hide and Seek' we are not necessarily referring only to the juvenile game... there could be a tiny tot hiding its face and playing 'Hide and Seek', a pup playing 'Hide and Seek' , or... why don't you come up with your own interpretation ?
36. Waiting for You
Winners announced: 7th October, 2012 GMT
Winner: 39 Weeks of waiting.
The challenge looks for composition which brings the sense of waiting...
Winners announced: 30th September, 2012 GMT
Winner: Alexandra: Feet in concrete
Anything / anyone appearing useless
Winners announced: 23rd September, 2012 GMT
Winner: Festival of Light - Carol Park Bucharest
Any festival where Light is considered as the single most important part of the celebration.
Winners announced: 16th September, 2012 GMT
Winner: Bridge I built.
Just remember, we are talking about brooks. Small bridges. Not huge constructions.
Winners announced: 9th September, 2012 GMT
A night shot... human element preferred but not mandatory
Winners announced: 2nd September, 2012 GMT
Winner: Lunch date
'It's for you dear' Bring all the emotions surrounding
Winners announced: 26th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Perseid Meteor shower over Mt. Baker
just a starry night ...
Winners announced: 19th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Secret Shropshire
Not sure how to depict 'Silence' in visual medium... Why don't we take it as a challenge ?
Winners announced: 12th August, 2012 GMT
Could be painting just anything... a car, a wall, house interior or a serious 'painting' on canvas.
Winners announced: 5th August, 2012 GMT
Where the loneliness looms large...
26. In Motion
Winners announced: 29th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Free dance
Not strictly looking for 'Motion' as 'Science' tries to describe... Use your own logic and imagination
Winners announced: 22nd July, 2012 GMT
Tears and all possible interpretations...
Winners announced: 15th July, 2012 GMT
It could be just anything that let you wet...
23. A Kiss
Winners announced: 8th July, 2012 GMT
A kiss, That's it.
Winners announced: 1st July, 2012 GMT
Stain is not bad always... perhaps. Can we photograph stains ? Anywhere, of any type.
Winners announced: 24th June, 2012 GMT
Winner: Dragon Boats, Lake Merced.
A photograph that is clouded with mist/fog. It is not just landscapes what we are looking for.
Winners announced: 17th June, 2012 GMT
Angry, unhappy, sad... let your photograph bring all the negative feelings. Any frame is acceptable as long as the mentioned mood is conveyed.
Winners announced: 10th June, 2012 GMT
Can you photograph invisible 'wind' ? Let's try that in this challenge. Photographs which do not evidently go with the idea of blowing-wind will be disqualified.
18. I am happy :-)
Winners announced: 3rd June, 2012 GMT
Not sure what exactly to shoot on this topic. A smiling face is definitely the safest option but definitely not the only one. The photograph should convey the feeling of happiness... that is what the challenge needs.
Winners announced: 27th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: Confetti View
A challenge which revolves around some activity of wedding. Participants are requested to notice the term 'Memorable', which will make the photograph stand out from a random wedding-photograph. Photographs not evidently shot in wedding will be disqualified.
Winners announced: 20th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: (half) empty
A table-top-photography challenge. But, a glass of red-wine is MUST.
Winners announced: 13th May, 2012 GMT
What does the mirror tell you ? Show it through a photograph. It need not be a mirror put on the wall, can be anywhere... a rear-view-mirror of your car is equally eligible. It need not be a face to be shown in the mirror. Just a mirror in the frame is just enough.
Winners announced: 6th May, 2012 GMT
Winner: no winner
Well, 'What have you got in your lunch box ?' can be treated as a 'food photography' challenge, but, the photographs which bank on packed-lunch in a box will do more justice to the theme.
Winners announced: 29th April, 2012 GMT
Is flower as important as oxygen for you to be alive ? Where do you keep them inside your house ? Show the world with a photograph. Painting depicting flowers/photograph of a photograph of flowers/ artificial flowers are strict no no.
12. Coming Home
Winners announced: 22nd April, 2012 GMT
Winner: daddy ... I am coming home !
This is definitely not a subject which is easy to photograph.But 'coming home' is something we all can easily associate with... so, wear your thinking-cap and click on just whatever comes to your mind.
11. The leafy sky
Winners announced: 15th April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Forest Canopy
There should be sky and the sky should be partly covered by leaves... that's it !
Winners announced: 1st April, 2012 GMT
Winner: Bathroom Lizard
What do you get to see through your windowpane ? Let us have a glimpse :-)
Winners announced: 25th March, 2012 GMT
A shelf (be it a cabinet, a cupboard, a wardrobe or like) tells many things about the owner/keeper. Let's take photographs of such shelves. It could contain clothes, books, crockery, kitchen utensils, chemical laboratory equipment... just anything you can think of. Just keep in mind it should be a shelf which is used in real life... no other interpretation.
Winners announced: 18th March, 2012 GMT
A person's study table is , for obvious reasons, the extended part of the person's character. A tidy table, a chaotic table, a packed table, an empty table... all talks about the person. Let's click this very interesting subject and try to guess the traits of the personality.
7. Fenced Out
Winners announced: 11th March, 2012 GMT
The challenge accepts photographs of fences or boundary walls. The photo should convey the feeling of being left out or separated.
Winners announced: 4th March, 2012 GMT
Winner: Solar Moon
In the sixth challenge of the series 'The Mystic Look of Mundane Life' we are going indoor. Let's click the part of our room where we spend the maximum time without doing anything... sleeping ! Click the photograph of your cot, couch or corner of the floor where you take sound sleep or just doze off. A human element might add value but that is not necessary.
Winners announced: 26th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Front door
This challenge is about showing the main entrance of a house. Please stick to photographs of doors in real terms and no other interpretation.
Winners announced: 19th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Bleak house
Let's have a look at our colorful clothesline ! The challenge accepts the photograph as long as a clothesline is seen (with few clothes) in it.
Winners announced: 12th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: Down the Drain
No, this is NOT a 'food photography' challenge. NOT a challenge about 'interior photography' . Try to find small and ignored part of your kitchen which never looked that photogenic. It could be your dish rack, the small print on your apron, a cockroach infested piece of stale pizza, the door of your refrigerator or, may be, the crack on the sink. Photographs those talk about you....
Winners announced: 5th February, 2012 GMT
Winner: My First Girlfriend
It happens with everyone of us. We grow up seeing a photograph adorning the wall since the time unknown. It could be the wall of our bedroom, the office meeting room, the pub or even in a small shop where we visit quite often. Sometimes we inquire about it, sometimes we just ignore its presence. But, whether we like or not, it remains as a part of our life.
Winners announced: 29th January, 2012 GMT
Winner: Unexpected Wave
How many test shots you need to take while you shoot a group photograph ? And how many times you laugh when you check back those imperfect shots ? ( some with closed eyes, some changing the suit, some cleaning the shoe, a stranger enters the frame accidentally) Please go back to those never-published group-snaps and let all of us laugh to our hearts' content. * We are not inviting...