After visiting the “germerican” fun fair on the weekend, yesterday I joined a photo marathon.
We handed in our mobile numbers and received a text message every 30 minutes with a topic to be photographed. At the end of it (after 3,5 hours) we had to return with 1 picture for each of the 7 random words – so already with the selection (!)
1 – The first term was “skin“. I didn’t feel like rushing and took a walk first, went to an ATM to get some cash. By the time the 2nd txt message arrived I didn’t take a single picture yet.
2 – The second word was “dust” and so I popped into an old store where after reassuring the owner that I’m not up to anything bad, headed straight to the very back and – voila! found an extremely dusty empty shelf.
I ended up picking the following picture though, as I liked the dust-made pattern the missing objects have left:
In the meanwhile I made up my mind to visit a local tattoo store that I used to live close to and always wanted to pop by. I asked the guy at the front desk if it would be possible to take a photo of a person getting tattooed (which was happening next to us behind a curtain), but sadly and understandable it wasn’t. But anyhow, I found the doll in the store interesting and thought it might also be a good shot for “skin”. The arm had tattoos all over and it looked quite realistic – without any skin though to be burned on for life. So here’s the pic:
3 – Next I headed down to a market right across the canal that I knew was taking place. And when my phone signaled me, I was ready. “Sweet & salty” – read the sms. Okay. To be honest I was hungry and I had to laugh – spot on! I was at a food market! Easy – peasy! I thought…. turned out to be the toughest one so far yet. I didn’t know what to photograph, something too obvious wasn’t the way I wanted to go. I watched out for people, couples where one was eating and ice cream and the other person an olive roll. Thought that might make a nice shot, without the faces. Tough luck – I didn’t find any. But I found this instead:
Quite odd. I admit, this angle is not very interesting, I failed to manage bringing out the most of this one. I guess I was just hungry and wanted to move on. This wasn’t my favorite word after all.
4 – Next on the table: “well“(/or “source“). Hmz. My hunger let me wonder from stand to stand – and at one of them I had an idea. This man had a cotton candy machine that was giant and pink. First I just asked if I could take some pix of it – he was really moody and not thrilled (wtf it’s just a machine…c’mon) but he let me do my thing, shaking his head. The lady next got involved too and started shouting “That’s 5 euros then” at me. Relax, guys.
(btw the “source” is the machine itself – a “well” of sugar-fluff )
Fun fact: I tried to get rid of my pink cloud, but no one would take it off me. Not even kids! (no wonder actually – haha!)
5 – “Flower children“? Must be a word for hippies, right? No – but that only turned out later. So I went for that. And I found them! They were singing a bit further down the street – and getting into trouble with the law.
6 – Okay, almost the end, but I was really into it! Stood around for 10 minutes and waited for the next text to arrive. “Mirror” – what a classic. First I took some shots of reflections in car mirrors. But then I grabbed a small one from my bag (I’m wearing contact lenses – terrible eyes sight) and had a lot of fun reflecting images from one side of the street to the other. Lots of pictures got taken, all really different. Therefore the decision was real hard!
And this girl too:
It was a great exercise, real fun too! So good to work under time pressure again – makes you inventive and more daring.
At last: here’s another jewel that I snapped during the marathon, while taking a much needed (toilet) break: