A little while ago I read a post by Ines of IMonnet where she said she was feeling very uninspired with regards to photography at the moment. This immediately caught my attention because I had been feeling the same way for a long while. I left a comment on Ines’ post saying we were in the same boat.
The same night I found this topic still occupied my mind, and then the word collaboration popped into my head. Would I dare contact Ines to ask if she’d like to do a photo collaboration? Of course, I didn’t. The reason was that I couldn’t come up with any concrete ideas whatsoever. Guess that’s what being uninspired does to you.
The next day I received an e-mail from Ines saying she’d been thinking about my comment, and would I be interested in a collaboration! The universe at work .
We both got thinking about what we could do and how we would present it, but I have to honestly say that Ines did most of the thinking. The extent of my uninspiredness was almost paralysing. So Ines came up with a few suggestions for themes, we agreed on three with four pictures per theme, and here we are.
This month’s collaboration theme is Walking Through Your City Looking Up. I have to admit that even though we agreed on just four pictures, I had a very hard time coming up with something. One reason is that I don’t go out too much these days, especially into the city, and the other is that I hardly ever carry my camera with me anymore. Luckily with my new phone, this has changed.
The first picture I took for this collab was on a walk among close-by fields with my sister. She wanted to show me the destruction a big storm had wreaked over the fields. I didn’t think I’d be using one of the pics I took for this post but then there was this funny bit in the field that grew higher than everything else, and I had to crouch down and look up to get it into the picture.
My other three contributions were all taken with my phone camera. As I’m not exactly a whizz with that yet, I used LR presets to enhance them.
This looked like a really weird angle to me at first but I liked that everything in it seems to be jutting into the picture at an angle, as if it all wanted to get in. The town hall, the crane, the tops of the buildings to the left and right, and the sign for the oldest toy shop in the city. After 175 years in the same place and most prominent location, due to the current economy this shop had to close and move to a smaller space in a side street.
The Cube – our musuem right in the middle of the main shopping street. It houses a café on the ground level, museum in the middle, and a restaurant at the top. Right outside the restaurant is a small space where people can go up and look across the city where the wealthy people live. A great view.
Stiftskirche – one of the landmarks of our city. It’s a protestant church, and according to Wikipedia (yes, I had to look that up…) still the centre and main church of protestant Württemberg. To this day, I haven’t been inside because whenever I’m in the city, the doors are either locked or there’s a service going on.
So this concludes my first ever collaboration. I had hoped until the end that I would be able to find good photo subjects in more mundane things than the typical sights of my city, but sometimes you just have to make the most of circumstances. I’m definitely looking forward to our next themes, especially as I’ve felt a little more inspired this last month and have taken more pictures than in the previous three months combined.
Thank you again to Ines for contacting me and coming up with the themes!
Make sure you get a look at Ines’ pictures for this collaboration here.