This week’s theme was to search out interesting reflections. This seemed fairly easy, and was further encouraged by the first photo I ended up taking and posting for it, but it turned out to be the most difficult one by far. There seemed to be three reasons behind this:
1. There are really only two kinds of reflections: those off of water and those from windows and glass. That narrows down the options for subject matter and composition, especially when I’m trying to put together a nice series of nine images. It became a struggle to find things that were visually interesting, both on their own and when viewed next to the others.
2. These photos mostly fall under the category of pictorials, which are not really something I gravitate toward in my work. I like pictorial photos and some of my photos could be called "pretty," but I usually like more industrial sites, old buildings and geometric architecture (I still managed to squeeze some in). Photos of rivers and swans are unusual for me.
3. With that in mind, I visualized a few ideas in advance that would have potentially been great, but needed things like raindrops and puffy clouds in a blue sky. These didn’t pan out in the last two weeks, so I was back to square one. I got lucky with a few blue sky days and some unexpected gifts (again, swans), but am curious what the other ideas would have looked like.
After all that, some of these photos got the most likes and comments of all of the ones I’ve posted so far on Instagram, so who knows. See the whole set below, as well as one of my all time favorite photos that first gave me the idea for this theme when I was building the new website.