Project #4’s challenge was “Shoot from a child’s perspective.”
“Stop Playing With Your Food”
For this project, I decided to take a whimsical approach and have a little more fun than I typically afford myself with photography. So often children are told to stop playing with their food, yet to me it represents an imagination and an excitement that we often lose as adults. I decided to make subjects of colorful candy and to bring them into an imagination setting by contrasting light & dark. I’ve always been fascinated and amused by how children can have a one-track-mind and wanted to focus attention on items that are normally not given much thought. Additionally, I chose to inject a little bit of my own childhood into the way I styled the food. I was quite the mini-adult growing up and was very particular about organization. Every day at lunch i would set out the perfect placement of my juice box, my entree, my snack, and even my napkin before I began eating. I wanted to reflect that child’s play is not always messy and chaotic, but can look different for each child depending on their imagination.
Beatrice: Playing with food (especially candy) is something my childhood self could relate to. I like the idea that playing with food doesn’t always entail being disorganized and messy, depending on the child. I especially like photo 4 because of the contrast and the background seems to have an interesting texture. I think it could be nice if some of the photos had a lighter, maybe more white background to lighten the mood a little, since they’re all set on a dark surface. Maybe setting the candy on different types surfaces to give it some context like a napkin or plate could also be interesting. I think that could help give your photos even more of a child-like feeling to them.
Stephen: I enjoy the edge you went with these photos! It is a playful reminder of our childhoods, in our young creative minds. I love shots 2 and 4 (from above) as these create the most dramtic contracts, wiht the deepness of the blacks and the sharp colours flaring out. I think that the lighting in the other photos distracts from the colours and take my attention away from the subject matter. They are really nice photos that enjoy the organised playfulness you presented in your childhood!