Munich Artists have been busy while I’ve been running around Munich visiting art studios and meeting with artists. If you have been following our current 30 day challenge, you may recognise this balloon manipulated into a new art pieces by Munich Artists.
Happy Monday! Here is the image for today’s challenge.
If you are following along with the challenge, you can find the list of images on our challenge page.
Over the weekend, the artists created artwork based on a photo of a desktop and of a man walking on the road. Below, you can see the images of their creations. If you would like to share your work, you are welcome to join our challenge group where artists are posting their work.
For Day 20, we have a photo of a man walking on the street. Have fun experimenting with this image on this first day of Oktoberfest! I’ve lived in Munich long enough that it isn’t on my list of things to do this weekend. Instead of being surrounded by thousands of people, I’m going to focus on the Munich Artists Workbooks.
Below are the images by Munich Artists for Day 19. If you would like to join us, the daily list and photos for inspiration are located here. We share Munich Artists work on our Instagram feed and on our Facebook page.
Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat’s up doc. Put your head down and do something creative today so you can be a part of the BCA Munich Artists challenge. (The image is down below)
Don’t worry if you didn’t do everyday before today. Don’t worry if you can’t do any other day. Don’t worry that there may be a dangerously balanced woman sitting next to you reminding you that you are an accountant or consultant or international something or other.
Download the image below and play with it on your smart phone or offline in a doodle kind of way. Fill all the sky with the thoughts that are passing through your head. Scribble on the pillars surrounding your view. If you have more advanced digital skills start collaging and enjoy the process of creating something new that wasn’t there before.
Whatever you decide to do, you are welcome to share your images with us on the BCA challenge closed Facebook group and we might upload them to the website and share them with everyone else. (only if you are ok with that.)
Here are the art pieces created by Munich Artists using the image of a girl running in the subway. If you didn’t know, we share some of the images on Instagram with a quote to make instagrammers happy and we share the images on our Facebook pages for Munich Artists and the BCA Art Challenges.
Above is the image for today’s challenge. If you would like to join in with the challenge, you can find our challenge page here.
Yesterday, the artists worked with a photo of a clock and came up with these images:
This image has so many possibilities if you are working offline or in photoshop. Go crazy! I’ve limited myself to my iphone so I focused on three women and worked on the idea of being “Ready.” I look forward to seeing what you decide to do with this image. If you would like to share your work with us, you are welcome to join the BCA Munich Artists Challenge group. If you would like to participate, the photos are on our challenge page and are shared everyday in a post like this one.
So many possibilities with this image. I got over my ennui with digital manipulation and have continued to play with layering images. Over the last two days, I’ve taken drawings and doodles photographed them and plugged them into my digital collage work. Have you tried working with any of the photographs? We are on day 11 of the challenge but creatives are encouraged to do what they can which means you can jump in at anytime and create an artwork using one of the images. Here is the link to the challenge page and a link to the Facebook group where we are sharing our images. Want to look at more galleries? Here are day 9 and day 8 artwork from Munich Artists and here is the gallery for Day 10:
Today’s image focuses on a woman and three red doors. I’m overdosing on iphone app spiel so I might have to wait until later to post my version of this image. I will either go offline and cut up images or work in photoshop today. I hoped I could go thirty days of just iphone app filters and layering but 9 days seems to be my limit.
If you are interested in joining the challenge, you can find the images on our challenge page along with a few rules. We have a Facebook group where you can post your work and we share some of the images on the website.
Here are a few of the images from yesterday’s girl at the subway:
I love this photograph. Have fun creating a piece of artwork with it.
Here are some images artists created using Day 8s photograph of mirrors.
Here is the image for you to play with today.
I’ve found over the last few days, that I can play for about an hour on my iphone creating layered pieces using the photos from the challenge. Before this weekend, I was capping myself at ten minutes but, on Saturday, I was waiting at the airport for a delayed flight and had time on my hands and now I can’t stop myself. I must try to see how many different version I can make before becoming saturated by two images which is about an hour.
Today, I took the photo of the mirrors and combined it with the previous photo of the disk and water. I put the photos into the following iphone apps: snapseed,Fused, Multi Expo and PicLabHD. Over and Over and Over again. I will share my experiments with you on my personal blog later today since they are quite a few of them.
If you would like to participate in the challenge, head over to the challenge page and read the rules. All the images we are using as inspiration are from the creative commons and you have full permission to do what you want with them (Even in Germany.) If you would like to share your work, please join our Facebook Challenge group. I will pick a photo to share from each day on instagram and will upload a gallery to the Challenge FB page and the Munich Artists website.
Here are some of the images from Day 7 of the challenge:
This is an illustrated images found in the creative commons on Flickr. The creative commons on Flickr offers an interesting archive of photos offered to the public by different cultural institutions from around the world. Sometimes you need to refer to the originating organisation and sometimes you don’t. Check the rules for each image on Flickr before using them on the internet or in your art projects.
Here are the Galleries from Day 5 and 6. If you would like to participate in the challenge, please check out our challenge page. If you would like to share your completed artwork with us, please join our Facebook group.
This is a great composition for adding elements. I can’t wait to show you what Munich Artists decided to do. I will post the galleries for day 4/5 on Sunday because today after I finish this post, I will be offline to finish a few non art related projects.
If you would like to join in with our challenge, you can read the rules and find the photographs on our challenge page. We are sharing some of the work on our Facebook page and our Instagram feed. we have also set up a closed group for the challenges. Please remember that all the photos we are sharing with you are in the creative commons. You are welcome to manipulate the photo in any way you want.
So far, creatives are working both offline and online creating collages, and mixed media artwork. If you would like to see examples of what the artists have been creating, you can see the galleries at the end of each day’s challenge (except today).
Sometimes you got to do things old school which requires knowing that German mailboxes are yellow. This photo was taken over by Isartor near the German Patent Office. If you are in Munich, you can go see if this little creature still exists. If you would like to participate in the current challenge, the rules for the challenge are on the challenge page. The rules are simple but required to keep things flowing in a creative direction. We have a Facebook group for the BCA Munich Artists Art Challenges and we will continue to share a few images on our Munich Artists Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Here are a few of the art pieces created for Day 4 of the challenge
It is an overcast day in Munich and I thought you might like a bit of happy yellow.
If you would like to share the artwork you created using the disk, please feel free to join our challenge group
Here are some examples of what Munich Artists created using the ferris wheel image.
It is a wet and soggy day in Munich and as I walked passed my neighbour’s car, I saw this little guy making his way through the raindrops. I decided to use him for the digital collage today. This was done on my iphone 6 plus using snapseed for color and Multi expo to combine the two photos.
Yesterday, Munich Artists created some great images using the hands. Here are a few examples:
Our current Munich Artists 30 day challenge takes a creative commons photo and asks artists to create an art piece using digital techniques or illustration. If you want to make an illustration out of the photo that we’ve provided, you can use this workshop below. To do the workshop, you must have photoshop and some knowledge of the software program. Luckily the instructor shows you exactly who to work with the image to make it a line drawing.
If you are not an expert, this process will take you much longer than 8 minutes. Give yourself 30 to 60 minutes to complete this task. If you want to use today’s photograph, here is a link to the media file. Once you finished, you are welcome to share your artwork in our challenge group (open to everyone to share their artwork using our challenge images and themes.)
Note: If you do not see the sketch filters, it is because you are either not in RGB or you have not allowing yourself to see all the filters. you must go into your preferences and change the plugins by clicking that you want to see all filters. (I had this problem.)
Here is my version of the line drawing:
Day 2. Can you see them? All nestled together in a pair of protective hands. The image above inspired me to illustrate this idea of trust and protection and I will be working on this after I finish working my day job. I’ve set myself a time limit of one hour to finish an art piece each day that is offline. My digital art pieces have a time limit of ten minutes. I could spend hours tweaking colors and layers in photoshop but I wanted to challenge and encourage you to take a coffee break and create a piece of digital art. By sharing artwork that I do in ten minutes using iphone apps, you can feel free to play with your photos while sipping your coffee and sharing your mini masterpieces with me on social media.
Please remember that when you create artwork using iphone apps some of the images are small in size and will not reproduce well when printed. If you want to import the images into photoshop, you will be limited on how large you can make a printed piece. If you are going to spend hours working on a digital piece, make sure the resolution and file sizes are appropriate for your intended output (digital web presentation, printing, publishing offline). Because I know the files are too small to use for large digital art pieces, I set myself a time limit of 10 minutes so that I’m happy with the art piece and don’t feel like I’ve wasted my time.
If you would like to participate in the current 30 day challenge, please read the rules of our Munich Artists challenge page and don’t worry that we already started. We are flexible. The point of the challenges is to set the goal to create artwork everyday. Someday you may actually reach this goal. Luckily, I live in Munich, Germany where artists are inspired to create even during the holiday season and artists like, Michael Pitschke, have been creating artwork everyday for years.
Below are a few of the photos shared in our Facebook group. I’ve created a group specifically for our challenges and you are welcome to join the group and share your artwork there. I’ve created a Public Page where I will also share the artwork. Please remember, any artwork you share with me, will be used for social media and may go into our challenge book series.
Have fun creating. I look forward to seeing your artwork.
Our 30 day photography and illustration challenge starts today. I will be posting examples of the two art pieces I create today on our instagram feed tomorrow. If you would like to participate in the challenge, please read through the challenge page. If you are an artist in Munich, you can submit your work to our closed Facebook group. If you are an artist from some other region of the world, you are welcome to join the challenge group and post your work there.
This challenge can be difficult or it can be very easy depending on whether you decide to collage two photos using Multi Expo or PicLabHD or if you decide to dedicate a few hours and create artwork offline. For this challenge, I will be creating a digital art piece and also creating a piece offline.
Our last challenge was a photo self portrait challenge. I will be posting the gallery of images later this week. If you want to see the themes for the self portrait challenge, you can check out the self portrait challenge page.
Are you Ready? Below are the photos for the challenge. You can download the photos from the Munich Artists Photo Inspired Art Challenge page.
We are using creative commons photos so you have permission to use the photos to create artwork without referencing the artist. There is only one image by a German photographer in the extra photos where you will need to reference the German photographer in the final art piece you create. She is the only photographer you need to specifically reference. Everyone else has released their rights to the images so you can play with them as much as you want without using their names. I picked the photos from the Creative Commons on Flickr and from a weekly email I get from Unsplash. We will be doing this challenge again next year so if you want us to use your photos, you can send them to me and I will put them in a special file for the challenge.
All finished art pieces which are sent to me, may be shared on Facebook, Instagram and Pintrest and other social media channels and associated websites. If you do not want to have your artwork shared, please do not send it to me. If you have any questions, you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line – photo inspired art challenge.
The next challenge starts on Monday August 31, 2015
Our next Munich Artists 30 day Challenge Begins on August 31, 2015 and will combine photography and illustration. There are no limitations on the way you use the photographs I’m providing you. There are backup photographs just in case the assigned photograph does not inspire you. You can use any of the extra photographs once each during the 30 day Challenge.
The theme for the day is the composition of the photograph. For A few options include:
Combining different photographs digitally – Take your own photograph and the photograph that I am providing you and photoshop them or, use a program on your smart phone to layer the photos like the image below:
Combining different photographs collage – Print out the photograph and then use the photograph within your photo composition like this:
or like this:
Combining photography and illustration – You can either download and draw directly on the photograph that I’ve provided you or create an illustration that combines elements of the photograph and then photograph it. Examples of this type of artwork include:
and Neal Murren
Because of the flexibility of the challenge, artists can make art that takes minutes or hours depending on their schedule over the upcoming 30 days. I will try to make a simple piece and a more complicated piece each day.
The Instructions above will be on the challenge page starting on Monday August 24, 2015. I am providing you with the photographs a week in advance so you can prepare yourself for the challenge. Please do not post any images before the challenge day. I want to give your work my full attention and I can’t do that if it shows up out of order.
If you decide to participate in this challenge, your work will be shared on Facebook and Instagram and possibly printed in the Challenge book. I will not use it for any other purpose without your permission. If you do not want your work used, I would ask you to specifically state that when you post the image in our closed Facebook group or when you email it to me (why would you email me a photo if I can’t use it? That would be just silly. Don’t email me things I can’t use.)
All the photographs provided for this challenge are in the creative commons so you can do whatever you want with them. I do have one photograph that is by a German photographer so you will need to reference her name in your credits. I will use her piece in the extra photos. There are no other copyright restrictions on your final artwork except for your own personal copyright for the finished artwork.
Please remember this is to inspire and challenge you. I do not accept archival work as a submission but you can use archival photographs for your digital collaging. You must use the daily photograph or one of the Extras every day of the 30 day photo and illustration challenge.
I look forward to seeing your work!
Dear Munich Artists,
I will miss seeing your faces but it feels great to be done!!!!!!
Thank you so much for creating photos with me for thirty days. I am really lucky to be surrounded by so many creative Munich Artists.
The next challenge starts August 31st. I will post the challenge page next Monday so you can mentally prepare yourself.
Have an awesome creative break. I hope you will join me starting on August 31st.
Nina Schmid is an Insomniac and spends many late nights creating art. For today’s museum theme, I assumed photos would trickle in when the museums opened but Munich Artists are more creative than that. When I woke up this morning there was already a photograph by Nina Schmid posted at 4 a.m. No musuem is open at 4a.m. Nina used her creativity and made herself one of the art pieces in the Schmid Museum of art. I like how she has all the angels pointing arrows at her head and how she incorporated the one element that goes against our whole challenge – the do not take photographs sign.
Nina has been setting the bar high for the other artists during this challenge which is exactly what I want artists to do. I want them to push each other and me to make more interesting artwork. Jeffrey Ely, Katrin Klug and Berit Opelt also excelled with the self portraits challenge sending in very unique shots and compositions. If you are new to our challenges, we post the challenge themes on a challenge page and then the artists share their work with us on our closed Facebook group. We have one day left in this challenge but you can still send in a photo if you want. I don’t mind people catching up, I just don’t want them working ahead or digging in their archives. If you are creative, you can be creative everyday for 30 days.
The last day to send in photos is tomorrow which is the last day of the challenge. I will be taking the challenge photos and creating a Munich Artists 30 day self portrait challenge book. I want to thank all the artists who participated in this challenge and their great contributions. I look forward to seeing more museum photos as the day progresses. (Now I’m going to head off and rethink my shot for this theme!)
Today’s Munich Artists 30 day Self Portrait theme is TOR. We have only four days left in this year’s 30-day self-portrait challenge. If you want to follow along for the last few days, please check out our challenge page.
Subway, Tube, Underground. Whatever you call it, we want you to think about the subway today as you create your self portrait. If you don’t live near a subway, you can go to a subway restaurant like Jeffrey Ely or take a ride in a car or taxi. We have only five days left in our challenge. If you would like to play along, the themes are located here.
Trams is the theme for today’s Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge. The challenge goes on for 30 days so we have 4 more themes before we celebrate the end of the challenge.
We will be selecting images from the 30 days to be included in our Munich Artists Challenge book. It has been great to see how creative Munich Artists are with photography and I hope they continue to experiment with photography as a source of inspiration for their other artwork.
This morning, these shots came through my feed from Katrin Klug, Angela Josupeit, Nina Schmid and Jeffrey Ely. I look forward to seeing more images as the day progresses.
The theme challenge for today is square. If you are following the Munich Artists self portrait challenge or would like to participate, check out the themes on our theme page. Here are a few squares that filled my inbox this morning.
I’m still working on my idea for square. I took the photo this morning but I think I’m going to snap a few more throughout the day. If you are a Munich based artist, you can share your image in our closed group.
My initial idea for square was a city square or German “platz” but I know that we have artists living outside of the city limits who may not be able to find a city square to photograph. As you can see, leaving the interpretation open allows artists to get creative and send in some wonderful photographs to share with you.
Note: During the month of August, I will be working on our Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge book and setting up the next challenge which Starts in September. If you have something specific you want to focus on, please let me know. We will have one or two more 30 day challenges this year and then we will do a few shorter challenges during the holiday season. (Maybe make them group photo events at different Christmas markets.)
I laughed when the photos started coming in. Here is Gabriela Popp wearing a paper hat and hiding behind her morning read. I thought about making myself a paper smock but decided to bury myself in paper instead.
I will add more photos after lunch.
If you are doing our 30 day self portrait challenge, the themes are on the challenge page.
Have a great day gathering paper and snapping photos. Maybe it will spur you to do a bit of good old fashion German cleaning.(Germans clean 2-4 hours a day. I would rather make art.)
This morning, Nina Schmid and Katrin Klug sent in some great photos of themselves with trees. If you are participating in our 30 day self portrait challenge, today’s theme is… trees.
The month of August is Vlog everyday. I used to vlog quite a bit but then I stopped for personal reasons. For the month of August, I’m going to make short videos about Munich and share them on our Munich Artists Instagram feed and on Youtube. If you are a vlogger, let me know! I will be vlogging for Munich Artists, Vivamb and then my personal vlog during this month. All vlogging will be done on my iphone 6 plus because I don’t have time to play with final cut pro during my vacation!
Happy Sunday. The rain didn’t stop Munich Artists from going outside and taking photos on the sidewalk. There are still plenty of hours in the day for you to go out and capture a unique selfie on the sidewalk. Don’t let the rain stop you!
We allow photoshop and app photos in this challenge so please go out and have some fun creating unique selfies. The only requirement that we have imposed is that the self portrait photograph must be taken on the day of the challenge. No archival photos should be used.
For my photo below, I used the multiexpo app on my iphone 6 plus. The raw shots are on my art website along with all the other versions I played with this morning. I have so many versions today because the app allows the user to merge 2 photos at a time and I had so much fun making different combinations from my photographs.
Nina used little toy men in two of her portrait shots and I was thinking it would be fun to make a challenge where we use lego/playmobil people and children’s toys. I saw a recent art exhibition where the artist took photographs of children’s toy trucks and cars. I really liked the idea of making that a 30 day challenge.
Thinking about the 30 day challenges, I thought we could do 30 different fruits and vegetables. 30 different books. 30 different household objects. 30 different locations in Munich. You get the idea. We are making our lists for future challenges inspired by Munich Artists. If you have a list of 30 that you want to try, let me know.
I also would like to do a graffiti challenge. If you have a favourite piece of street art, please let me know. I will need 30 pieces of long term street art for that challenge. (work that will be around awhile so it can’t be on the regular graffiti walls or be small sticker art.)
If you want to participate in the 30 day self portrait challenge, you can find the themes on our challenge page. If you would like to share a photo of your work, you can add it to the post on Facebook as a comment. If you are an artist in Munich, you can also share your photo in our Closed Facebook group.
The Bavarian summer holidays started Friday which means that I will be spending more time away from Frauenstrasse 18 and hanging out in Sendling with my younger daughter. If you need to see me or discuss a project, please schedule an appointment. I look forward to seeing what you’ve created during your holidays!
Like this shot by Mark Sebastian. Perfect. This is exactly what I was thinking about when I was thinking of a hallway. I don’t really have a hallway in my house, not like this so taking a photo of a hallway means going to the basement and getting a creepy photo but without carpet. Go have fun taking photos of a hallways today. I’m sure you can think of something creative to do in a hallway if you can find one.
For Munich Based people here is a personal/business Note: My neighbour downtown wants to rent my studio space. I’m not in a hurry to move my studio but I would love a cool store front/laden space at a reasonable rent. If you know of a space between Altstadt, Lehel, Glockenbachviertel & Sendling please let me know at email@example.com. I want it without commission so I can spend my money on Munich Artists.
My neighbour has been saying hi to me everyday since he announced his desire for my studio as a gentle reminder that there must be a laden space with my name on it somewhere awesome in Munich, Germany. My current space is pretty awesome which is why the next space must be even better. My studio is a 30 sqm. box downtown in an inner courtyard.
I do have an artist/photographer who will be willing to sign a long term lease with me (5 year) which doubles the budget (Not that that means much.) We are both professional and want a beautiful space with easy access to a subway and the ability to plug in all our electronics. Toilet necessary and since lots of my work is online, I need internet and the laden window to display products. I am currently in a courtyard and find it wonderful but I would prefer a street laden. No one every wanders into the courtyard. Ever. Lets make life easier for everyone by
letting the universe bring Munichartists.com a laden with a super duper landlord/cool neighbours/awesome vibe/easy access to the subway/European feel/reasonable rent terms.
Day 13 and Munich Artists dug deep into their treasure troves and dusted off instruments, records and even some cassette tapes. If you want to follow along with our 30 day photo self portrait challenge, you can find the list here.
Today the weather is beautiful outside. If you want to take a little excursion, go GEMA’s office in Haidhausen and take a selfie with enormous instrumental sculptures in their courtyard outside. I’ve never been inside so I don’t know if they have sculptures inside. Directions are below our music photo gallery.
Gema where are you? In Munich, GEMA’s instrumental sculptures are located here. Rosenheimer Str. 11, 81667 München. It is behind the Gasteig heading into Haidhausen. There are a few sculptures so go have fun snapping photos.
Alessandro took this shot.
We are heading towards the midpoint of our challenge and the pressure is on to finish. Munich Artists are not breaking a sweat and sent in lots of photos today of themselves with chairs. If you want to join in on the fun, follow the themes on our 30 day self portrait challenge page. Look forward to hearing about your work on our Facebook page.
What is yours?
Sunday morning and I need to do a self portrait with string. I decided to focus on my weakness. I’m not so good at telling people to *uck off so I played with string to see if I could make it more palatable.
Here are a few more examples of how other Munich Artists, explored the theme of string and self portraits.
I hope you enjoy our candid shots taken when artistic brains are not working at 110 percent.
Waking up to a stream of photos, I thought about the following phrase, “Because you know what I can do with my little finger.” This is a pop culture reference to the talent of the artists in the Munich Artists group. The classic quote would be Munich artists have more talent in their little fingers then ———- have in their whole bodies. Those are fighting words which is why I did not designate any particular city because Munich Artists are too laid back and happy to start having an ego fight about their talent and the talent of other artists. Munich Artists would rather create art and then go to the beer garden or down to the Isar or climb into a comfy bed.
If you feel like joining in on our photo challenge, you can find the themes here. For today, you can still take a photo of yourself before going to bed or if you are in America, waking up!
Today, I have to drive to the mountains so I can’t give the artists until noon but if they are getting up at noon, I know they are laid back enough not to care. Stay cool and create some great art today.
My Titles are getting longer and longer. Today is day 5 of the Munich artists self portrait photo challenge. The theme for today is lines. I don’t think you need an explanation for lines – It’s very straight forward. Yes, it is going to be that kind of day so settle down and start snapping some photos. Here are a few examples of what Munich Artists have been sending in to me today. They get to send photos to me until 1200 so I will be adding a few more after lunch. If you are an artist, feel free to join in on the fun. Artists who finish the 30 days will get a special treat. Maybe a beer at the beergarden after the summer holidays? If you want to share your images, it is best to join our closed group on Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/groups/munichartists. If I don’t know you, please be aware that I will share images on the website, on Instagram and on Facebook. Also, if I don’t know you, send me a message before trying to join or ask a Munich Artist already in the group to add you. We do this to keep spammers out of the group. Also, If you don’t want images shared, please let me know. Not everyone loves the internet as much as I do and I want to respect your artwork as much as possible. Here is a link to day 1, 2, 3, 4. From today onwards I will give you the links to a couple of days before unless you want a list of numbers at the end of each post. That could be kind of funny. The link to all of the themes for the challenge can be found here.
The theme for day 4 is Words. I don’t care if you write words, find words in your environment or create an art piece of words. Whatever you do, the image for today must contain the written word and you.
For Day 3 of the Munich Artists Self Portrait Challenge, Go find a reflective surface and use it for your self portrait. Here is an example. I only look at the mirror in the morning when I’m getting ready so I decided to take photographs during my morning routine.
In the first photograph, I used my iphone as my mirror by reversing the camera so that it is photographed me instead of what was in front of me. This allowed me to use the phone as a mirror and I applied my mascara.
When I was done in the bathroom, I sat in my hallway and snapped a few photographs leaning against the mirror in the hallway. I liked this shot because it reminded me of the German idea of people having a chocolate side. The sweet side. I titled the photograph, “Which is your chocolate side?” and I’m using it as my photograph for day 3. For your day three, experiment with reflections and how you use mirrors or interact with glass during your day and keep snapping photos even after your done with your first idea, you may like the unplanned shot more.
More shots while I waited are on my personal website. Have fun taking photos and staying cool on a sweltering day. If you forgot where the information is for the 30 day challenge, you can find our daily themes on the challenge page. With today’s sun, it should be pretty easy to get a self portrait photo that fits with the theme and your personal style. I’m a street photographer so no studio bare bulbs for me. I’m all for the outdoors but if you need to be surrounded by the familiar, you can forgo the sun and use your lamps. I promise not to judge. If you missed out on day 1, here it is.
Theme for day 1 is Encounter (meeting) – a chance meeting. Today you will be photographing yourself interacting with someone or something unplanned. The exact definition of encounter is:
- Unexpectedly be faced with or experience (something hostile or difficult). “we have encountered one small problem”
- Meet (someone) unexpectedly. “what do we know about the people we encounter in our daily lives?”
- An unexpected or casual meeting with someone or something. “she felt totally unnerved by the encounter”
I wanted to share the full definition so you don’t feel like you must interact with someone else for this first day’s challenge. When I went out this morning to take photos, this is what I came up with: I stepped out of my car and there was my shadow on both sides of the white line. I liked the contrast between my shoes and my shadow. I also liked how surprised I felt at seeing my shadow being sliced in half by the white line. It felt like I was sliced in half or the peter pan part of me was. Luckily it looks like my shadow is firmly attached to my feet so I don’t need to be doing any sewing on this Saturday morning. I had a few unexpected meetings this morning before I was mentally ready to start snapping photos. While walking my dogs, I met a neighbour as she went out for a walk. We never talk because she is always on a bike but today, she was walking and we chatted for about 20 minutes. I could have taken a photo of the two of us but I wanted to save a full self portrait or selfie for the last day of this challenge. Continuing with my morning routine, a child happily ran into me with her bike. I could have taken a photo of her but I didn’t want to ask for permission from her dad. The last interaction was this one below where an older woman was walking ahead of me with her trolly of groceries. I felt like this represented a future version of myself. I thought about how I’m walking behind her in both the physical sense of a Saturday shopping morning but also in the sense that she is old and I’m not yet old. I’m behind her in the timeline of life and the timeline of our morning errands. I will play with the two photos a bit and add a selfie that I took today for a digital collage but I wanted to share with you the raw photos so you can see how I was thinking about this idea. I look forward to seeing how you think about encounter and what kind of photographs you decide to take today. (All the photos were shot with my iphone 6plus) Remember, you do not have to use photoshop, you can share raw photos. You can play with the idea of photos but whatever art piece you make must include a photograph self portrait using the theme. To prep yourself for the next 30 days, here is the full list of themes.
This is one of the images on display at the Chilli Gallery in Neuhausen. Sonia’s gallery hours are from 1200 to 1800. We will be celebrating with a party at the gallery on Friday starting at 1830. The address for the gallery is : Nymphenburger Str. 151, Eingang Blutenburgstr., 80634 München
The Next Munich Artists 30 Day Challenge: Photos – Self Portraits
Starts July 18, 2015.
For this challenge, you can use any camera, use any style but it must be a self-portrait. For the photo to qualify, it has to be taken by you and feature YOU in the photo, you can have more people but you must be in the shot. No taking photos of just your personal belongings. The photo must contain a part of your physical body in the shot. I want to make this into one of the photo books so please think about that when you are taking your shots. We have a group of great photographers who will be shooting artists and their studios (each with their own book) but I want one of the books to be artist self portraits. Each of the 30 days will be themed and those themes are shared below and on the challenge page. I know we have some digital wiz kids in the group so If you go crazy on photoshop for 30 days that will be ok but the photo of you must be taken that day and fit in with the theme. If I find out the photographs are from your archives I will get grumpy, you don’t want that.
Here are the themes for 30 days:
- Encounter (meeting)
- Hi Contrast Black and White
- Dress Up
- Produce (Groceries)
- Beer Garden
- Tor (Isar, Sendling)
- English Garden
- Studio (your own studio and artwork)
A more detailed description will be posted on the Challenge Page. I look forward to doing this challenge with you. Photo is much more my thing.