The Art of Contradiction
Challenge series hosted by sagebrushfire. Challenges start on Mondays.
In this series my goal is to have users take things that usually don't work together and create something beautiful from them. Contrast plays a very important role in our lives every day. Our brains artificially adjust contrast in the things we see to better understand the world we live in. Often times we find it easier to appreciate the good in life because we've seen the bad. Contradiction can come in many forms. Sometimes you can combine objects that have very opposing themes or origins. Sometimes it's as simple as using contrasting colors. In this series lets explore the many types of contrasting situations that many photographers encounter every day.
Finished (10 challenges)
Winners announced: 19th November, 2012 GMT
Winner: ICELAND 429 copy452754
Take a photo where you combined things we see as being "modern" or "technological" but are in a state of decay or aging. These can be modern items that have decayed themselves or modern items in an old, decaying setting. Think of the original Star Wars, which broke ground as one of the most detailed and original views of a future land, where technology was extremely advanced but decayed...
Winners announced: 22nd October, 2012 GMT
Winner: Backstage at the ballet
Take a picture where your subject is playing the part of the opposite gender. You may also have two subjects playing opposite roles. Use your discretion as to the subtly of your imagery - cross dressing is allowed but not required. Be creative, think outside of the box.
Winners announced: 1st October, 2012 GMT
Submit a photo where a small subject seems like it's really big or where a large subject seems really small. You can usually accomplish this with an adjustable lens (e.g. Lensbaby lenses), Photoshop Effects or creative shooting with small apertures and well-placed subjects.
Winners announced: 17th September, 2012 GMT
Winner: blessed moon
This should push the limits of your creativity. I want the subject (and there MUST be a subject, no landscapes) to be out of focus while the background is crisp and clear. This goes against most peoples' instincts when taking photos.
Winners announced: 3rd September, 2012 GMT
Winner: Exactly 666 days after she was born.......
Can't get more contradictory than this (for most people anyway). Let's see some sweet, innocent children look ghoulish, scary or just plain evil! I could save this one for Halloween but if I still have the privilege of doing challenges by then, I have much more sinister ideas in mind!
5. Fire and Ice
Winners announced: 27th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: no winner
This is a common theme but a good one. Give me something Hot that looks cold or Cold that looks Hot. Explore the theme of fire and ice, cool colors vs. warm colors. Specifically I want to see things that normally appear cool or hot but look the opposite in your picture.
Winners announced: 20th August, 2012 GMT
Winner: Dungeness Scene
The title says it all. Your main subject should be processed to look Black and White while the background has color. This is the opposite of what you'd normally do, it should be interesting to see how people make it work!
Winners announced: 13th August, 2012 GMT
This challenge is about conveying emotion without seeing someone's face. You may crop the face out, obscure it with other objects or photograph the subject from behind. Feel free to include as many subjects as you want and use any kind of subject (animal, human, statue) as long as we can see NO FACES. Lastly, please tell us what emotion/mood/them your picture conveys.
Winners announced: 6th August, 2012 GMT
As an artist, the easiest way to convey contrast is to use color. In color theory we describe two colors that have absolute chromatic contrast as complementary because when used with additive or subtractive light mixing, they complete the color spectrum and produce an achromatic result. You may know these simply as opposite colors. Green, for example, is often said to be the opposite of...
Winners announced: 30th July, 2012 GMT
Winner: Summer Idyll...
One of my favorite things to do in any artistic endeavor is to combine things that stereotypically don't go together and make them work. In this challenge I want you to convey sexuality. The catch is that any human models in your photos need to be fully clothed. The point of this contest is to convey sensuality/eroticism/sexuality without taking the short rout and throwing up a bunch of...
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