Zebra by Amberture
It’s one thing to snap a few pictures here and there, but when you come up with an idea for a series and actually execute it, you’ve stepped your game up a notch. Case in point, Flickrite Amberture has created a series in which she has every day people, including family members and coworkers, dress up in animal masks. By wearing the masks, her subjects’ mundane tasks become interesting and cause you to look at their environment in a whole new way. Are we much different than caged zoo animals, forced to sit at our desks for 8+ hours a day? They should arrange field trips for school kids, parading them around our cube farms, pointing out the different species. “Hey look kids! It’s a pinstriped lawyer stalking her prey. She can spend months or even years preparing for the kill. And over there in that cube, hiding behind the computer screen and stacks of O’Reilly books, is the wild and wooly systems administrator. Don’t get too close to him or that smelly sucker will bite your head off! OK, who wants ice cream?”
If you have an idea for a photography project, no matter how wacky it may be, your friends and family are likely to help. Creating a series can help inspire your photography, build your skill level, and motivate you to get out there and shoot. And on that note, I’ve gotta get back to cleaning up my fellow zoo animals’ dung before feeding time.