This morning, I worked on my assignments for Lighting Essentials and MCP Actions' separate 52 Week projects. They just so happen to be the same this week - shooting something around the house. LE asks us to use our immediate environment to elaborate on a mission statement. I'll have that up later this week. But I wanted to post a few outtakes up here. I was experimenting this morning with a concept I've had in mind for a while. The great portrait artists all manage to capture this brilliant depth in their images - a feeling that the subject is very intimately involved with the viewer. When you're looking at a page of images, that doesn't seem difficult to accomplish. But it really, really is. So my idea with this was to speak to my camera. Yes, I literally spoke aloud about photography, about trying to be "cool", whatever else came out of my mouth. I was hoping that by speaking intensely about things I am passionate about or scared about, etc. I could show some of that on my face, in a totally unstaged way. I've been thinking this might be a good way to get that depth in my portraits. I imagine it would be easier to do with two people than me trying to time it right. To not get photos with my mouth open, I still had to stop every now and then to let the shutter click. I have just three of these (two here plus my submission) but they seem genuine to me - this is how I think I look. And then there are these. I do enjoy the gigantic windows in my apartment, except when I'm trying to sleep in.