The latest assignment at the DPS forum was The Workplace. Since I work out of my house, I spun my wheels a while trying to think of something interesting to photograph that didn’t look like everyone else’s home office. My workstation setup is moderately large, in that I have three screens, a laptop and some iOS devices, and I began trying to capture all the screen real estate. But it was boring.
Then, I realized that one of my pictures contained a previously snapped picture from the same angle, and the idea hit me to show myself ad infinitum on the monitors. Gives the viewer a little more to look at than a bunch of hardware, although you can still get a feel for what the setup looks like. Click the thumb for a larger view.
This week’s assignment at the DPS forum is marketplace, a fairly broad topic, which can be interpreted in a lot of different ways. Personally, I decided to use this as an opportunity to seek out people in a marketplace, since first, people are generally compelling subjects, and second, I wanted practice photographing strangers. It sounds simple, but the act of pointing your camera at a complete stranger feels to me a bit like an invasion of privacy. Still, in a public place, there is nothing inherently wrong with this and most people don’t really mind. And in the rare case where someone does mind, you just move along.
So I steadied myself, grabbed my camera, and headed down to the farmer’s market they have across from UC Irvine every Saturday morning. I walked around a bit first, working up the courage to start shooting. As time went along, it got easier. Some of the better shots are in the gallery below.
None of these is perfect, by any means, but my favorites are Preparing the Product and Sampling the Wares. I will probably submit the former for the assignment.