12x12 Project Monthly Themes
October 2015 - Dale and Dave Cox
We had written down several emotions, acts, and objects, but after review, our most apt and timely was "refuge", appropriated from the current crises in Asia, Europe, and
November 2015 - Cheryl Cardon
Finding the extraordinary in the ordinary.
December 2015 - Judy Daley
I’m an admirer of the American photographer Steve Fitch who in the 1990s produced a series around abandoned farms and homes in the US Mid-West. He called this body of work ‘Gone’. 'Gone’ is an evocative word that can express motion, melancholy, mortality. It can describe an object receding into the distance; a person fading from memory or in the case of Fitch’s work, a place slowly disappearing from the landscape. It can also describe Canada Post door to door delivery!
So my challenge is to photograph something that says ‘gone’.
January 2016 - Ron Bouwhuis
February 2016 - George Wale
The Space Between
March 2016 - Judy Wiebe
"In the age of computers and easy access to quick, cheap manufacturing, it is the craftsman that sees possibilities outside the tools that are provided. The words I’d like to throw out there are 'Hand Made'. So whether it’s a dry-stone wall built a hundred years ago, or the baby blanket knit by Grandma, it is the human hand that takes the raw materials and creates something memorable".
Photograph " Handmade"
April 2016 - Ted Brown
Working as a news photographer gave Ted the opportunity to see a myriad of different locations around town, and since photographing the news means photographing people, he found himself quite comfortable creating photos of people within their environment.
Thus he has suggested the challenge to create environmental portraits, a challenge that requires the photographer to develop a brief, but significant relationship with his subject.
Where the viewer can identify the profession by the photo. I would like to see eye contact, in other words, interaction between photographer and subject.
May 2016 - Kate McGowan
From Kate: “Renewal: From the buds of this reluctant Spring and the redevelopment of our built environment, to the lives and lands separated by war for our new Canadians, renewal surrounds us in Halton. Globally, populations recovering from natural disasters, the need for clean, green energy, and the sustainability of the planet’s wildlife and ecology, all depend on renewal. What renewal do you see?”
Starting May 1st the 12x12 challenge to our photographers from Kate will be;
June 2016 - Eleni Alpous.
"A couple years ago the Radiolab podcast about colour blew my mind, as the hosts described these particular crayfish-type sea creatures that were believed to be tetrachromats, creatures able to see well beyond our human visual spectrum – an unfathomable idea as we'd not know we were seeing a tetrachroma, as we lack the visual sensors.
Colour has obsessed me ever since I can remember.
I'm curious about each challenger and how they choose to "see" colour. The story they'll tell with that colour. However vast, saturated, muted, singular or mind blowing, as well as the subject matter blanketed with that colour."
July 2016 - Steve Jesse
"Film is incredibly democratic and accessible, it’s probably the best option if you actually want to change the world, not just re-decorate it." – Banksy
"Movies have a dynamic power to change us and teach us. They present a visual lesson to a captivated audience that lingers in the very consciousness of thought and could potentially translate to action. Films have brought us enjoyment, invoked emotions, provoked deep thoughts, made us laugh, made us cry, and some even have a special place in our hearts.
Your challenge for the month of July is to capture a movie poster style image in any genre that will evoke an emotion. It can be based on an existing film or entirely of your own creation. Good luck!"
‘Capture a movie poster style image’
August 2016 - Roy Ramsay.
"Landscape photography can be taken to the next level by adding a human element or to actually place a person in your photo. The trick to a successful tourism photo is to have the viewer feel as though they are there, or can picture themselves in that moment. This can be achieved by adding a human element (something man made such as a chair, canoe, coffee mug etc.) or you can place an actual model in the scene. If using an actual model the scene must feel unposed and natural — easier said than done. I will be looking for creativity, technique as well as that elusive natural feel."
‘Shoot a Tourism Photo’
September 2016 - Marko Barak
As marketers, we're often called upon to photograph objects looking their absolute best – when they're hot off the press and in pristine condition.
However, as Marilyn Monroe once said, "Imperfection is beautiful."
We're challenging you to find and feature the beauty of objects that have stood the test of time. Products “built to last” which may have been used until they've become worn, survived storms, served their purpose and have the battle scars to prove it.
The 12x12 Challenge from Marko for September ;
“Built to last”