Analyze an Image
So if we analyze our process, I think that we're more likely to create original art. And I have this little sentence that I like to think about, which is just, if you break your life into pieces to put them back together as art. Aren't we so much more likely to create art that's personal and original if we do it that way? It's just something that always sticks with me, this idea of breaking yourself down, of cracking yourself into a hundred pieces, and then arranging them back together in such a way that's meaningful for you. It's just a beautiful thing. So then I have this question for you. I created this image a number of years ago, in 2011, and for whatever reason, this became my most popular picture. Honestly, I cannot tell you why. I've tried, I can't tell you. But it did. And I started to think about it, and I was like, what are people connecting to about this picture? And I had this thought, I said, it's literally just an umbrella, some birds, and some water. And that was my tho...
ught process. I'm like, what is it about these things? And I started to think. There must be thousands upon thousands of pictures with an umbrella, and water, and birds out there, right? There has to be. We can ask the new Lightroom, Adobe Sensei, show me the pictures of water, umbrella, and birds. So I want to know from you guys, what would you do? IF you were going out for a shoot right now, with water, an umbrella, and you were gonna use birds, what would it look like for you? We all have very different styles here in this room, which is how I know that everyone at home also has very different styles, so you might be like, oh yeah, my picture would look nothing like this. Or you might be thinking, actually, it might be pretty similar. But I guarantee you, it's gonna be different. And this is why it's fun to do a challenge like this, to sit in a room with 10 different people, put three objects in the middle of the room, and ask each person, what would you do this thing? Come up with an idea. And see if they're the same. I guarantee they're not gonna be the same. And this is why I'm not scared of not being original, because I know that my choices are my choices. Your choices are your choices. And unless every single thing that you create looks just like someone else's, you don't have a problem. You're just on a journey. So, one of you guys, tell me what would you do with water, an umbrella, and birds? I'm very curious. Go, April, go!
I would do a self-portrait, with me holding an umbrella in the pouring rain, with birds in the background, but I'd be soaking wet.
Beautiful. Do you have one as well? Okay good.
I would do something Mary Poppins-ish, flying with an umbrella, not exactly Mary Poppins, but flying with the birds and the umbrella, probably a rainy gloomy day, and some sort of hope in there.
Nice, either of you guys?
I would be holding the umbrella in the rain, but I'd have the birds perched on top of it to show that they don't mind the rain, but I'm covering myself from it.
Oh, beautiful. Cerise, I'm dying to hear.
I'd probably fill the umbrella with lots of water, and the birds would be all around.
Aw, like a little umbrella bird bath. I like it!
Well, there you go, you translated to what you thought would be my imagination, but yeah, okay. (laughing)
I love it, okay. Good, thank you guys. The point is that it would not end up looking the same, and if you guys at home have any ideas of what you would do, please do tell me.
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Guided Daydream & Writing Exercises Workbook (Lessons 1-11)
Creating an Original Narrative Workbook (Lessons 12-18)
Finding Your Target Audience Workbook (Lessons 19-27)
Planning Your Series Workbook (Lessons 28-34)
Set Design Workbook (Lessons 35-41)
Compositing Workflow Checklist (Lessons 42-49)
Editing Workflow Checklist (Lessons 50-55)
Location Scouting Workbook (Lessons 56-60)
Stock Image Downloads for Practice (Lessons 61-72)
Organizing Your Portfolio Workbook (Lessons 77-81)
Pricing & Editioning Your Work Workbook (Lessons 82-89)
Writing Contracts & Licensing Images Workbook (Lessons 90-98)
Gallery Best Practices (Lessons 99-106)
Pitch Package Workbook (Lessons 107-111)
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Social Media Workbook (Lessons 123-127)
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Self Critique Workbook (Lessons 134-137)
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