Below are the tasks set by Reid Callan, the resultant images and critical rationale. To see more about each individual task have a browse back through my blog posts. To see the work directly on Instagram (feel free to like and leave a comment) visit my Instagram page.
The Camera is blind and does not understand mood. Make an image with your camera of mood.
Make a portrait of something you love. Make a portrait of something you hate.
Recreate a dream sequence of ten images.
Create an image you don't understand and create an image that asks a question.
Make an image where the subject is on the edge of the frame. Make an image where the subject is outside the frame.
After initially feeling a bit unsure about the Photographers Playbook tasks set by Reid Callanan, I have grown to love his methodology. My primary concerns were that I would feel to constrained within my tasks, and that I would not have enough room for creativity and putting myself into the work. I could not have been more wrong in my judgement. The key themes throughout this task – and Callanan’s work – are self and immersion.
The image starts beyond the camera, you. This, and the idea of immersion and removal from distractions, at first read seemed revolutionary to me. But after a while it seemed painfully obvious. To really get a passionate image with a strong narrative you need to shoot what you love, drawing from yourself and be fully aware and focused. The image is an extension of you. Through these tasks I played with shooting from myself, with no distractions. Looking back, the resulting images from each task serve as portraits of different parts of myself. Loves, hates, and memories. I did struggle at times with this, seeing how deep into myself I could delve and initially trying to force creativity. However, when immersing myself in my surroundings, while noticing what attracted me or had memories the images came naturally. Applying this immersive, self-based methodology to all photography projects is something I am planning on doing, not only due to how fun it is and makes a better but to get to continue exploring and developing my practice and myself.