For my final project Katrina and I are going to create a photo-blog together. Every day we will each post an image without the other knowing what image we are posting. The images will be posted side by side. One of the pictures featured everyday will feature something that the photographer feels has a positive connotation and the other will feature something with a negative connotation; the images, however, will not be labelled as to which they are supposed to be. It is our hope that the meaning of each image to the viewer will change in the context of the other. We also hope the combination of images will make you rethink what you previously thought about beauty. We would really like this project to become a conversation piece, so please check out the site and comment!
The initial idea and inspiration came from a post on the photo-blog Photojojo. The post was about other duo photo-blogs such as ours and it urged readers to try for themselves. Katrina and I thought it sounded interesting, so we checked out other sites.
One such site is The Minty Forest project. Each day for 365 days each of these two friends took a photo and posted them side by side, without letting the other know what they were working on. They described the combined images each day as “explorations of both creative and personal synchronicity — as subject matter, color palette, and technique are compared and contrasted anew with each day.” Unfortunately, their year is over, but all of their posts are still archived on their website. You can also use their random combination generator to come up with numerous thought-provoking combinations!
Another project, inspired by the Minty Forest, is a project called Don’t Wiggle. This blog has the same premise as Minty Forest – two friends who live across the country from each other post photos side-by-side in secrecy every day. Don’t Wiggle, however, differs in that each day has a theme that the photos are based off of. The photographers of Don’t Wiggle use Dictionary.com’s word-of-the-day as the inspiration for their daily photos. It is interesting to see in each day’s post the similarities and differences in how they each interpreted the word and decided to go about portraying it in a picture.
A final project (or rather series of projects) that serves as an inspiration to our own are the 3191 projects, consisting of a A Year of Mornings, A Year of Evenings, and 3191 Miles Apart. These two friends also live miles apart (3191 to be exact) and post pictures side by side every day. They are currently in their third successful project, and have turned the fruits of their first two projects into books.
We decided that having some sort of theme to our blog will help us find subjects for our photos each day. Spinning off the ideas of Errol Morris, we decided to contrast beauty and “bitchiness” each day – rather, the contrast between seemingly positive and negative connotation. We hope to continue this project for the duration of the year, as many of our inspirations did.
So please, check it out and comment!