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Photographing a Sound File!!!

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Posted 05-30-2013 at 10:18 AM by Kitsi

I love photography challenges because often, they cause the photographer to really dig in and come up with their own personal representation of the topic that will stand out, above and beyond, other submissions. Most often, this results in personal improvement in the skill.

Personal improvement is always my own goal. I don't compete with other photographers, I simply enjoy their work. I compete with my own photography. I want to continually get better and better. I epitomize the phrase "We are always our own worst critic." The little flaws glare out at me.

One of the most interesting and challenging assignments I have ever participated in was to photograph a sound file.

The sound file was a reading of William Butler Yeats poem, "A Song of Wandering Aengus"

Go ahead and listen.

LibriVox The Song of Wandering Aengus, by William Butler Yeats

I played this sound file on my computer, in the bunk of the truck, while my husband was minding his own business, rolling down some interstate in the USA. After the file was played, my husband asked..."What was that?"

Me: I have to photograph that!!!!

Husband: Your kidding, right?

Me: No. I have to photograph that!!!! (insert panic sound into voice here)

I can't begin to tell you how impossible and unfair I felt this assignment was in the beginning. After an innumerable amount of false starts, I finally began to envision a single photographic interpretation. Oh, did I mention,that story sets were not the desired end result? I needed to supply a single photograph, showing my photographic interpretation.

Because I dug so deep to produce this one image, it is by far, the single most challenging photographic image I have ever created, and, as a result, the one I am the most proud of.

I present to you, my single image of
"A Song of Wandering Aengus" by William Butler Yeats, photographically interpreted as A Fisherman's Daydream.

What was your most challenging photograph? I would love it if you were to share it. Please, when you do, include a written reason for why that particular photograph was so difficult for you.

Looking forward to seeing your posts.
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