Monday, February 25, 2008

36 Photos of an egg

Looking for photos of lugworms (for my next post), I re-discovered WaveLength Magazine, a kayaker's mag. The lugworm page was not what I wanted, but "leafing" through back issues, I found this interesting photography assignment:
"Before you leave on your next trip, you should take 36 photos of an egg."
An egg? Why an egg?

The idea, I gather, is to force you to think of new ways to portray your subject. One or two photos won't do the trick; getting 36 different shots of the same simple object just may. Check out their article.

I immediately had to try it out. I took 36 shots of one egg. Half were duds, but looking them over, I thought of new ways I could tackle the assignment, so I'm going to do another 36.

And, before I post any of my results, I want to pass the assignment on:
"Think about an egg. An egg can represent many things. Whiteness, fragility, birth, food, purity, growth—these are some themes of “eggness.” Your assignment: take 36 different pictures of that egg. There are no other rules. Better yet, get a couple of friends to do the same exercise, and share your results."
Anyone want to try this? Let's compare notes: post your results in your own blog, and add a link in the comments here or on my egg post (in a couple of days).

*Update: I have set up a Flickr group where you can add your photos. Here: 36 Photos of an egg. I started it off with a half-dozen: 2 1/2 more to go, for me.


  1. I'm willing to give this a go ... but it may take me a couple of days. I'll post on Flickr ... I'll put it in my side bar of my blog! If and when I come with 36 pictures.

  2. I think I may give this one a go.

    Consider the gauntlet cast ;)

  3. Cis and Jamon;

    Great fun! I've set up a Flickr group where you can agregate your photos, if you want. 36 Photos of an egg


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